Friday, Feb. 24th

We finished discussing Jonathan Swift’s Gullivers Travels today, covering chapters 5-8 of “The Voyage to Brobdinag.”

The Satire Assignment will be written in class on Tuesday, Feb. 28th. You can start brainstorming and preparing to satirize a current event or situation(as we discussed in class) in the form of:

  1. a one page mock epic
  2. a 500 word “modest proposal”
  3. a 500 word allegory, in the vein of Gulliver’s Travels

OR  you may write an essay on the satire of the Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift in terms of their targets of satire and the literary / humour techniques they employ.

Gulliver’s Travels

On Thursday, March 2nd, we shall be celebrating BURNS DAY, so please pick a quatrain from a  Robert Burns poem to read that day.


We did a brief introduction to Samuel Johnson, and an excerpt from his dictionary (420).  Everyone listed their favourite word.  In the comment section below, type in your entry to the JOHNSON DICTION for your word in the format that Johnson used. Write the definition in YOUR OWN WORDS, and include a literary quotation using that word.

(Don’t worry if your post does not appear immediately.  It goes to me for approval first)



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  1. Corpulent (Corpus and -ulentus, Latin)

    A cordial way to express that one has an excessively rounded body and figure.

    “The coat that would have been a fit for a corpulent youth nearly buried a skinny form the height of your cane.”
    – “Lights and Shadows of New York Life” by James D. McCabe

  2. Quirky

    Peculiar or Unusual

    “I think the locations chosen for the Village were very apt because this is a quirky place, an odd place,”
    -“The Prisoner’s Dilemmas : by Jace Lacob

  3. Courage

    Bravery, the ability to do something that scares ones self without fear.

    “And courage never to submit or yield: and what else not to be overcome?”
    – “Paradise Lost” by John Milton

  4. Mysterious

    1. A something that is hard to understand that creates curiousness and puzzlement.
    2. A type of persona that one might take in order to make themselves more attractive.

    “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  5. Horrid

    something very unpleasant used to cause horror or shock.

    “The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”
    – Thomas Paine

  6. Hue:

    A color or shade

    “Now therefore, while the youthful hue
    Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
    And while thy willing soul transpires
    At every pore with instant fires,”

    To His Coy Mistress
    By:Andrew Marvell

  7. Philosophy: the study of knowledge and existence

    “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,”(I.V.166-167)
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare

  8. Peaceful:

    The state of physical and mental safety, and freedom.

    “When despair grows in me
    and I wake in the night at the least sound
    in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
    I go and lie down where the wood drake
    rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
    I come into the peace of wild things
    who do not tax their lives with forethought
    of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
    And I feel above me the day-blind stars
    waiting for their light. For a time
    I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

    -Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

  9. Serendipity- when a event happens in a happy and beneficial way; luck, happy accident

    “With a library it is easier to hope for serendipity than to look for a precise answer.”- Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?


    When people have to work – not Sunday/Sabbath

    “No, some of it is about my child’s father. Oh, this
    working-day world is full of thorns!”

    – “As You Like It” by W. Shakespeare

  11. Quintessential- embodying the most perfect form of something

    “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights me not. No, nor women neither…” (II. ii. 285-291)
    – Hamlet by William Shakespeare

  12. NOSTALGIA: the feeling one gets when reminiscing about the ‘good, old days’. A feeling of homesickness to the days one was running around in fields playing frisbee with their family.

    “Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia.”
    – Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  13. Hysteria

    A frenzy of uncontrollable emotions that usually occur in a group of people.

    “Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.”
    -Naomi Wolf

  14. Melancholy:
    A feeling of sadness with no known reason.

    “Fair science frowned not on his humble birth,
    And Melancholy marked him for her own.”
    – “Elergy Written in a Country Churchyard” by Thomas Gray

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