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As soon as you are seated, please do the following-
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Sub Lesson 1: Use the Guidelines to Analyze Dickinson's Poetry
1. Speaker. Who is the speaker? What person (first, second, third) is ED speaking in? If it is the first person plural, with whom has she aligned herself? To whom is the poem addressed?
2. Setting or Situation. What is the setting? Real? Abstract? What about the situation? Is there action in the poem? What is it?
3. What are the verbs? What is their tense? Their mood (indicative, subjunctive, interrogative)? In what ways does their syntax vary from what you expect? Are any of them archaic or unusual?
4. What is the form of the poem? Closed? Open? What is the meter? the rhyme scheme? Where does ED depart from these patterns and forms? Why?
5. Dickinson is noted for her use of special kinds of rhyme. Where does she use the following, and for what effect?
a. slant rhyme: a kind of consonance (relation between words in which the final consonants in the stressed syllables agree but the vowels that precede them differ: add/read, up/step, peer/pare, while/hill).
b. eye rhyme: rhyme that appears correct from the spelling but is not so from the pronunciation, such as watch/match, love/move, through/enough.
c. true rhyme: identity of terminal sound between accented syllables, usually occupying corresponding positions in two or more lines of verse. The correspondence of sound is based on the vowels and succeeding consonants of the accented syllables, which must, for a true rhyme, be preceded by different consonants. Thus "fan" and "ran" constitute a true rhyme because the vowel and succeeding consonant sounds ("an") are the same but the preceding consonant sounds are different.
6. What elements are repeated? Inverted? Why? What instances of repetition does she use? What is the effect of the repetition?
7. What figures of speech does the poem contain? metaphor? metonymy? synecdoche? personification? extended metaphor? What kind of figure does she use as a comparison (vehicle)? Where has she used this before and with what kinds of meaning or resonance?
8. What kinds of images does she use? olfactory? tactile? visual? auditory? thermal? Characteristic Dickinson images include patterns of light/dark, bee/flower, mind/body, life/death. Do these occur here? In what combination?
9. Does the poem have an effective, striking, or climactic moment? Does it come to some kind of resolution? What kind? What recognition does the speaker's persona achieve, or does the poem chronicle simple description and observation?
10. Tone. What is the tone of the whole? Solemn? Playful? Irreverent? Mournful? Objective? What is Dickinson trying to convey?
11. Tradition. In what ways does she allude to other works or poetic traditions? In what ways might this poem be an "answer" to another author?
12. Rhetorical figures. Where does Dickinson use paradox? hyperbole? anaphora? apostrophe? litotes? Why does she use them?
13. Language. Note any words that are used in an archaic, special, or unusual way, especially words of three syllables or more. (These are less common in Dickinson's work than one- and two-syllable words.) Look them up in the dictionary, being careful to note obsolete or secondary meanings as well as primary ones.
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Sub Lesson 2: How to write a good dialogue?
Sub Lesson 3: How to create an interesting character?
Sub Lesson 4: Creative writing techniques-
Sub Lesson 5: Calling on the muse
Sub Lesson 6: Creative Writing
Sub Lesson 7: Creative Writing Process
Sub Lesson 8: Writing about Literature
Sub Lesson 9 :Writing Prompts
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Use one of the following prompt to write a story-
|:: writing prompt # 24 ::|
|Imagine your life is now a
book. In 100 words, write the blurb for it. (It's what people will read on
the back cover.)
|:: writing prompt # 23 ::|
|Re-write the fairy tale, Snow
White, from the point of view of Bashful, one of the 7 dwarves.
|:: writing prompt # 22 ::|
|In 200 words, write about your
|:: writing prompt # 21 ::|
|Write a letter to the 10-year
old child you had been.
|:: writing prompt # 20 ::|
|Write about the color of
|:: writing prompt # 19 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|Begin a story with "There was
once a chance I didn't take..."
|:: writing prompt # 18 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|Write about what you'd say to
an uninvited guest.
|:: writing prompt # 17 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|In 400 words, create your ideal
|:: writing prompt # 16 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|Where do you go when you want
to get away from the pressures of life, family, work, etc? Write about
|:: writing prompt # 15 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|Write a story about irony, with
a teacher as the main character and a fuse box as the key object. Set your
story in a lab.
|:: writing prompt # 14 ::||tuesday, 24th june|
|Moving from one place to
another, and one house to another, is a big task. Write about one of your
most memorable house moves.
|:: writing prompt # 13 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Write about a weird day in your
|:: writing prompt # 12 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Write about a brief but scary
encounter with one of your old professors.
|:: writing prompt # 11 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Below are 3 sets of words. Use
all the words in each set to write mini stories in 300 words or less:
|:: writing prompt # 10 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|For this prompt, you'll come up
with a poem about an object that describes you. First, choose an object.
Next, list down the reasons you think the object you chose represents you.
From your list of reasons, which one is the most powerful? Which one
conveys the strongest image of you? Once you've chosen your main image,
list down things that support this main image. Build your poem from there.
|:: writing prompt # 9 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Describe what you feel right
now using your sense of smell. If you feel frustrated, write about what
your frustration smells like. Use vivid words. Don't skimp on adjectives.
|:: writing prompt # 8 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Make a list of 40 things that
happened to you this month. They can be funny, embarrassing, happy, or
infuriating. Then pick one from your list and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 7 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Electricity is a recent
discovery. Think of 12 things to do when there's no power.
|:: writing prompt # 6 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|List down all the cliches you
can think of, then choose one you're most familiar with, or the one that
strikes your fancy. Make that the first line of your poem. You can take
the cliche literally or figuratively.
|:: writing prompt # 5 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Choose a poem you like. Take
the last line and use that as the first line of your own poem.
|:: writing prompt # 4 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Fairy tales have happy endings.
All of us know what happened in that mushy fairy tale, Cinderella. Yeah,
it's romantic, the prince actually finding Cinderella. They lived happily
ever after. But happy endings can sometimes be, well...boring. No zing. So
predictable. So...happy. What if the shoe fit one of the sisters? What
happens then? Play with your imagination here. Be funny if you like. Or
serious if you feel like it. Or be an Alfred Hitchcock. Whatever you are
into, write your ending to the Cinderella story -- but this time,
make it so that the shoe fit one of the icky sisters. What does Prince
Charming do? How does Cinderella cope with it? And what about the Fairy
Godmother? Start your story here.
|:: writing prompt # 3 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|The dictionary atop your shelf
has more than 200,000 words defined. Why don't you blow off some of the
dust on its cover and randomly pick out 10 words? Don't look at the
meanings; just concentrate on the words. Write down your chosen words on a
(blank) sheet of paper. Now, you're going to have fun creating meanings
for those words. What do the words make you think of? What do *you* think
should they mean?
|:: writing prompt # 2 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|A picture is worth more than a
blank page. Take out those dusty photo albums. Pick out photo # 14. Count
however way you like, but make sure you stop at photo #14. Look at the
photo for 2-3 minutes. Then for 10 minutes, write all the feelings that
photograph made you feel. Don't censor yourself. Just write.
|:: writing prompt # 1 ::||monday, 23rd june|
|Close your eyes briefly. Think
of one object that's in the room and focus on it. Without opening your
eyes, recall as much detail as you can about it. After 3 minutes or so,
open your eyes and write about that object without looking at it.
|:: writing prompt # 85 ::||tuesday, 30th september|
|What was the worst meal you've
had? Write about it as if the event is taking place right now.
|:: writing prompt # 84 ::||monday, 29th september|
|List 15 simple pleasures. Pick
one and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 83 ::||sunday, 28th september|
|It was Erica Jong who said, "If
you don't risk anything, you risk more." Write about what this means to you.
|:: writing prompt # 82 ::||saturday, 27th september|
|Write the story of a disastrous
|:: writing prompt # 81 ::||thursday, 25th september|
|Take two people who dislike each
other and stick them in the backseat of a cab. What happens?
|:: writing prompt # 80 ::||friday, 12th september|
|Pick a character in a day time
soap and put him/her in a stranded commuter train. Write about what he/she
is feeling/thinking at that moment.
|:: writing prompt # 79 ::||thursday, 11th september|
|Flip through a magazine and
create a story around the first image you see.
|:: writing prompt # 78 ::||wednesday, 10th september|
|What reward would you like to
give yourself after writing 500 words?
|:: writing prompt # 77 ::||tuesday, 9th september|
|Write about a memory related to a
|:: writing prompt # 76 ::||monday, 8th september|
|Write a letter to the teacher who
gave you a hard time in gradeschool or high school.
|:: writing prompt # 68 ::||sunday, 31st august|
|Begin with "I thought I saw..."
|:: writing prompt # 67 ::||saturday, 30th august|
|Write about Valentine's Day
without mentioning these words: Valentine's Day, cupid, love, roses,
flowers, hearts, February
|:: writing prompt # 66 ::||friday, 29th august|
|Write a story with the help of
this image: "The shore fumed at the waves"
|:: writing prompt # 65 ::||thursday, 28th august|
|"A funny thing happened on my way
|:: writing prompt # 64 ::||wednesday, 27th august|
|List 10-15 things worth saving
then choose 1 of those things and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 63 ::||tuesday, 26th august|
|List the names of 5-8 of your
relatives and write a profile (in 50 words or less) of each.
|:: writing prompt # 62 ::||monday, 25th august|
|Start freewriting with the help
of this image: "a melon strolling on two tendrils" (a line in Sylvia Plath's
|:: writing prompt # 61 ::||sunday, 24th august|
|A drunk man sits next to you in a
bar, thinks you're his buddy and starts confessing "the truth." Write about
what "the truth" is.
|:: writing prompt # 60 ::|
|Try to use all of the words in a
story: plastic bottle, hockey puck, dirty handkerchief, crumpled note,
|:: writing prompt # 59 ::|
|Think of a human attribute for
"pride" and freewrite on it for 5 minutes.
|:: writing prompt # 58 ::|
|Write a story about a town that
ran out of sugar supply.
|:: writing prompt # 57 ::|
|In 300 words, write about
|:: writing prompt # 56 ::|
|Write about what you'd cook for
|:: writing prompt # 55 ::|
|Write about a good thing gone
|:: writing prompt # 54 ::|
|Write about the biggest lie
you've ever told.
|:: writing prompt # 53 ::|
|Write about the "fickle finger of
|:: writing prompt # 52 ::||wednesday, 30th july|
|Do a 5-minute freewrite with the
phrase, "Anger suffers as grief withdraws" as your guide.
|:: writing prompt # 51 ::||tuesday, 29th july|
|In 500 words or less, write about
"a plate of sunshine."
|:: writing prompt # 50 ::||monday, 28th july|
|In 200 words, describe a hot day.
|:: writing prompt # 49 ::||sunday, 27th july|
|Write a 150-word profile of
someone named "Margaret Mallory."
|:: writing prompt # 48 ::||saturday, 26th july|
|What do you do on a rainy day?
Write about it in 250 words.
|:: writing prompt # 47 ::||friday, 25th july|
|In 200 words, write about what
this metaphor makes you think of: "a garnish of joy"
|:: writing prompt # 46 ::||thursday, 24th july|
|Put Shaggy (Scooby-Doo's partner)
and Batgirl in an elevator and write a 200-word scene.
|:: writing prompt # 45 ::||wednesday, 23rd july|
|What does "a string of laughter"
make you think of?
|:: writing prompt # 44 ::||tuesday, 22nd july|
|Choose one of your physical
features and write about how you can change or disguise that feature.
|:: writing prompt # 43 ::||monday, 21st july|
|Write about a time you hid from
someone, or a time you disguised who you really were.
|:: writing prompt # 42 ::||sunday, 20th july|
|Write an exaggeration of an
ailment or illness (cough, fever, asthma).
|:: writing prompt # 41 ::||saturday, 19th july|
|What's your idea of a perfect
|:: writing prompt # 40 ::||friday, 18th july|
|Invent a 'hot' or sensational
issue and write a news story about it.
|:: writing prompt # 39 ::||thursday, 17th july|
|Use the following words in a
story: hypocrite, cookie jar, city, telephone
|:: writing prompt # 38 ::||wednesday, 16th july|
|List 20 things you're afraid of.
Pick one fear and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 37 ::||tuesday, 15th july|
|List 10 challenges you've faced
in the last 3 months. Pick one challenge and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 36 ::||monday, 14th july|
|You're in a room full of people
and you're the only blind person there. Describe the room and the people in
|:: writing prompt # 35 ::||sunday, 13th july|
|Write about a joyous moment.
|:: writing prompt # 34 ::||saturday, 12th july|
|List 20 things that annoy you.
Pick one and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 33 ::||thursday, 10th july|
|List 10 things you can do with
tissue paper. Pick one from the list and write about it.
|:: writing prompt # 32 ::||wednesday, 9th july|
|Write about a blue-colored
|:: writing prompt # 31 ::||tuesday, 8th july|
|Begin a story with the line, "The
|:: writing prompt # 30 ::||monday, 7th july|
|Write an excuse for not working
|:: writing prompt # 29 ::||sunday, 6th july|
|Begin a 500-word piece with "If I
had the power to change something, I would change..."
|:: writing prompt # 28 ::||saturday, 5th july|
|What's the most boring day you've
had? Describe it, but this time, make it sound not boring at all.
|:: writing prompt # 27 ::||friday, 4th july|
|Write a story about an empty
|:: writing prompt # 26 ::||thursday, 3rd july|
|Write about one of the easiest
decisions you've made in your life.
|:: writing prompt # 25 ::||tuesday, 1st july|
|Write about one of the most
difficult decisions you've made in your life.