When doing the Poem of the Week last trimester we only looked at one poem the whole time. This trimester we are starting to read and analyze two poems in a week in order to compare and contrast themes. The two we looked at were "Ozymandias" and "Sonnet 146". They were both very good poems in my opinion that dealt with the idea of life after death. One poem was mainly about how a person's soul can live on once they have passed but the other represented that people will not be remembered forever and will soon finally "die out". These pieces were very interesting to me in order to see how reading a poem can change a person's view on a topic. A lot of times in poetry, the poet formulates their wording in such a way that it makes you believe that is the only way of looking at something. Poets can sometimes be compared to "used car salesmen" but instead of cars, it is ideals that they are selling. The great part about looking at two differing poems with the same idea is that your mind opens up to different interpretations.
Also this week, we started a new project where we pick to analyze either "Macbeth" or "King Lear". I chose Macbeth because I have always wanted to read it and it sounds very interesting. For the project we have to get into groups and pick and critical theory topic to help with the story we decided to follow. My group picked philosophical (existentialism) and we spent the week answering questions to go along with our theme. My group works well together and we are able think well on the topic. I think it will get easier to think about existentialism and the project in general once we know the whole story behind Macbeth.