February 11, 2008
Topic in class for the second week
The truth of the matter is, we will probably not see a classroom strategy that goes for less test and teacher talking at us and the system staying the way it is. This is especially true at the University of Michigan because it is a traditional place, it has to uphold certain aspects of the universities. Plus this university, as much as we want to believe, is not the front-runner in creative thinking. I say this because as a whole we are known for putting young people in the world to become CEO's, neurosurgance, and stock-brokers. Not for people who are poets, muscians, and acotrs (exclude Lucy Lu). Plus the system in place works: they want to churn out people who get jobs and that's is what the University does. So why, at least in the presidents eyes, would you change up your strategy. For these two reasons I think that you should no t hold your breath for any changes.
1.)One of my questions would be to state the obvious: Why did the author not write "La Spirale?" Did he really plan to write a novel without a subject or did the idea of writing a novel without a subject instantly attract readers?
2.)In the second stanza in the third and fourth lines, why does HOWARD NEMEROV use the religious term "spirit" alone? Is he trying to make reference to the Holy Trintity?
3.) The sytle of the poem is that he wants to talk about nothing. But the juxtaposition of the ideas in the poem is the author truly ends up talking aobut something (that... being two books). Where is he going with his style as far as the subject of the poem?