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Thursday, June 12

  1. page Bluebeard by Luke Karmazin. edited Paraphrase You opened a door you should have left closed; So go in and see what you were so cu…

    Paraphrase
    You opened a door you should have left closed;
    So go in and see what you were so curious about
    There is no treasure in this room.
    Nor is there a cauldron or mirror.
    No dead women, killed for what you have done.
    There is only what you see.
    An empty, old, dirty room, not nice or comfortable.
    I kept this space separate for a reason.
    You ruined it when you came, and insulted me
    when you came in here.
    I did not wish to see you here.
    So this room now is yours and I will go somewhere else.
    Notes
    Allusion
    Alliteration
    "Bluebeard" is the fairytale in which a women discovers the fate of her husbands previous wives, dead and locked in a small, mysterious room.
    Edna was a feminist, and is well known for her opinions on personal space and privacy in marriage.
    Thesis: The poem "Bluebeard" by Edna St. Vincent Millay uses Allusion to the fairytale of Bluebeard to show the importance of respecting other people's space.
    Luke Karmazin
    Susan Linder
    Sophomore English
    Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
    Millay's “Bluebeard”
    In “Bluebeard” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Millay uses her own history, as well as allusions to the fairytale of the same name to provide a unique conveyance for her own experience and advice. Though “Bluebeard” is one of the least well-known of Millay's works, it still serves as an excellent example of her style of writing.
    Like much of Millay's other works, “Bluebeard” is much shorter than that of her contemporaries, but this briefness only serves to enhance it's poignancy. It manages to communicate paragraphs of meaning with only a few words. For instance, “You are betrayed... Here is no treasure hid” gives a complete sense of the other party's feeling of outrage at this intrusion on their privacy. It shows that they know the jealousy that caused it, but most importantly it demonstrates their feelings of betrayal.
    The sonnet is in 3 quatrains, and follows the structure ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The structure appears to be more indicative of the meaning than of the verse. This can be seen in the ABAB. The A lines are the actual “happenings” in the poem, while the B lines serve to illustrate the circumstances more clearly. For example, line A “Here is no treasure hid” is elaborated on in B “No cauldron, no clear crystal mirroring”.
    An odd aspect of the poem is it's allusion to the French literary fairy tale “Bluebeard”. The fairy tale, based on the life of serial-killer and nobleman Gilles de Rais, is one of the best-known examples of “feminine curiosity” (An archetype of a woman's curiosity leading to disaster,similar to “Pandora's Box”) in mainstream literature. In “Bluebeard”, a woman named Fatima is convinced to marry a man, known for his fearsome blue beard, whose previous wives have mysteriously disappeared. After moving in with him, she is given a key that opens every door in the house, but she is told never to open a certain room. After her husband leaves on business, she cannot resist the room any longer. She opens the door and discovers the bodies of her husbands previous wives, all brutally murdered. Her husband arrives and finds her, chasing her throughout their manor. At the last moment, her brothers come to the rescue, killing Bluebeard before he could kill her. This was probably a major reason for Millay's allusion to this fairy tale, as she was a feminist who criticized the lack of strong female characters in literature.
    In addition to the fairy tale, Millay also alludes to her own views on relationships. An open bisexual, Millay had many relationships during her time at college and just after. These experiences would greatly influence her opinions on what made for a “good” romantic relationship. These opinions can be seen in “Bluebeard”, and when Millay says “Yet this alone out of my life I kept”she is sharing her beliefs. She seems to feel that privacy and trust are required, and that the two parties should be allowed to maintain separate lives in some respects.
    Alliteration also plays an important role in Millay's message, but it is used very subtly. Millay refers to the room as “Cobwebbed and comfortless”, bringing further emotional depth to the other person in the sonnet. It suggests that the disturbance did not bring exciting, climactic satisfaction, as in the fairy tale, but instead emptiness. Not finding the bodies is disappointing, because the bodies would be one of the more justifiable reasons for opening the room, their absence marks the point where the poem departs from the fairy tale.
    The last part of the sonnet that warrants attention is the meaning and context of the “turn”. “Yet this alone out of my life I kept” has an almost selfish implication. It suggests that this occasional loneliness and need for isolation is the only thing that this person has kept secret. This lone vice was all that was kept from the other.
    In conclusion, Millay's “Bluebeard” is a marvelous critique of the modern romanticized relationship ideal. By illustrating the selfishness that each party bears, and the ease at which they fall out of love, Millay makes a strong case for her own ideas of love.
    Works Cited
    "Edna St. Vincent Millay." The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.
    Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales And Their Tellers,, ISBN 0-374-15901-7

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Tuesday, March 26

  1. page Shruti Vaidya edited Sublime (n.) : a theory and/or attitude toward beauty, nature, and spirituality marked by a c…

    Sublime (n.) :
    a theory and/or attitude toward beauty, nature, and spirituality marked by a combination of awe/pleasure and terror/fear inspired by natural beauty (usually of a huge, dark, and/or dangerous variety).
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    Building the Devil's Bridge was painted in 1833 by Karl Blenchen. It shows a half begun bridge, against a dark and foreboding background of mountains. The bridge seems frail, and does not have a feeling of permanence. Perhaps it is the size difference--or the great power of the avalanches. The sublime is illustrated in the painting because the futile attempt to adapt nature's creations to our whims--on that could easily be swept away in a few seconds by the powers of the mountains, which invoked a feeling of awe of the difference of human nature, and that of nature itself--easily provoked, patient, calm, and temperamental, all at once.
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    The image of a journey through the sheer cliffs, hugging the edges, is a familiar one to most. Many remember it because of the extreme danger that the travelers are in, but everyone still wishes they were able to experience that view, for the awe of the great heights that the cliffs rose to, combined with the terror of falling. This painting is an example of the sublime for these qualities.
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    While speeding down the highway during rush hour, blasting music, it is easy to become lost in contemplations of the past, the present, and the days to come. But when, approaching the edges of town, you look up, all your worries fall away, and your music suddenly becomes tinny. The vista before you shows the blazing sun, leaving streaks of yellow, and orange, with indigo creeping in. You are struck by the immensity of the sky--the sun, which has never seemed so large--and the vast, largely unpopulated land beneath you. And then, you see yourself, one part of a humongous civilization, contemplating an everyday occurrence--and you feel small. Very small. This is the sublime.
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    Stars have always been a familiar part of the night sky. However, I am always surprised by how very black the sky is. If I wasn't in a city contributing to light pollution, I would feel very lost. The wonder and curiosity of the unknown also adds some fear. Humans, on the whole, are not able to let the mysteries of nature alone, because the unknown, unmapped, and unexplored frightens us. Although we feel pleasure looking up, and seeing stars twinkle, we are also always wondering what might happen, what has happened, and what will happen. Stars and the dark night sky are examples of the sublime because of these characteristics.
    Bibliography:
    Blechen, Karl. Building the Devil's Bridge. 1833. Web Gallery of Art. Web. 13 Dec. 2009. <http://www.wga.hu/index1.html>.
    Turner. The Passage of the St Gothard. 1804. sauer-thompson.com. Web. 13 Dec. 2009.
    Untitled. N.d. What are Stars?. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2009. <http://www.le.ac.uk/ph/faulkes/web/stars/y_st_overview.html>.
    Van Gogh, Vincent. Starry Night. 1889. lifeofvangogh.com. Web. 13 Dec. 2009. <http://www.lifeofvangogh.com/analysis-starry-night.html>.
    Wild Prairie Man. 0706_1544 Prairie sunset. N.d. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2009.

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    Video: The Trouble with Boys (UK). Teachers.tv. http://www.teachers.tv/video/2586
    Sommers, Christina Hoff. War Against Boys. Atlantic Monthly. May 2000. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/2000/05/sommers.htm
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Monday, April 2

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    Study Summary: The Gender Gap in Good Habits. Los Angeles Times. Link here.
    Complete Article: Duckworth, Angela Lee and Martin E.P Seligman. Self-Discipline Gives Girls the Edge: Gender in Self-Discipline, Grades and Achievement Test Scores. Click one of the Online Full Text links from here.
    Video: Dude, Listen to This! Engaging Boy Writers (48 mins) Alexander Street Press. http://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/Record/uiu_6742411
    Free Web Resources

    Video: The Trouble with Boys (UK). Teachers.tv. http://www.teachers.tv/video/2586
    Sommers, Christina Hoff. War Against Boys. Atlantic Monthly. May 2000. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/2000/05/sommers.htm
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Thursday, March 29

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    Video: The Trouble with Boys (UK). Teachers.tv. http://www.teachers.tv/video/2586
    Sommers, Christina Hoff. War Against Boys. Atlantic Monthly. May 2000. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/2000/05/sommers.htm
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    Other Resources
    Study Summary: The Gender Gap in Good Habits. Los Angeles Times. Link here.
    Complete Article: Duckworth, Angela Lee and Martin E.P Seligman. Self-Discipline Gives Girls the Edge: Gender in Self-Discipline, Grades and Achievement Test Scores. Link here.

    Video: The Trouble with Boys (UK). Teachers.tv. http://www.teachers.tv/video/2586
    Sommers, Christina Hoff. War Against Boys. Atlantic Monthly. May 2000. http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/2000/05/sommers.htm
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