Posts Tagged ‘Renaissance’

So Brandon is going to quit his job and look for a new one.  I’m hoping and praying that he finds one suitable for his talents and for our accounts.  It’s so stressful knowing that you do DO a good job, that you get told so by customers and your managers and coworkers, but get no hours.  One thing I hate about managers is that they’re two faced and it seems that a lot of them are.  They’ll say one thing, but do another and you never know where you stand, if you’re as good as they say you are, or if they really just want you to quit.  I’m hoping that this year is better than this January.  I’m going to have to seriously look at our expenses and decide where I can save money food wise etc.

But let’s not dwell on that.  I’m starting The Revenger’s Tragedy by Tourner today for my Renaissance Literature class.  I’ll be honest and admit that the only plays I’ve read from this period are Dr. Faustus and The Alchemist and a myriad of Shakespeare’s plays.  So it will be interesting trying to interpret this play without the foundation I’ve been given through work in High School and whathaveyou.  And weirdly, I’m a little excited for it.  I’m glad that I get to expand my knowledge of Renaissance period literature and I’m excited to see how other authors other than Shakespeare dealt with issues such as class struggle, the rise of the middling classes, gender roles etc.  Tourner will have a completely different point of view.

Oh and can I just say that I LOVE Bob Schneider’s song “Flowerparts” off his album The Californian.  I suggest that if you haven’t heard it, look it up on Youtube or something similar.  I think we could all learn something from it.

But don’t forget the flowerparts…
A soft touch and an open heart.
A rainbow and some empathy.
Compassion and sympathy.

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Shakespeare.  I have the opportunity to bask in the awesomeness that is Shakespeare this semester.  My two English courses are both Renaissance Lit, one of which is strictly Shakespeare, and the other is a period lit class, composed mainly of plays like Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare) etc.

In the former class, we are currently covering A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Personally, I’ve never read the play previously, however, I’ve heard much about it.  Most people consider it one of the best comedies that Shakespeare has written, next to those like Much Ado About Nothing.  We’ve only had one class on it, and I’m pretty stoked for the rest of the semester.  At one point we’ll get to form groups and produce a scene from one of the plays that we’ll be covering.  I have so many ideas swirling around my head that I’m pretty stoked. LOL.  It also helps that my prof is fairly awesome, she knows how to manage the class and has so many insights and ideas on how to improve it.  Also, he specialty happens to be Shakespeare, so it’s not like past classes that I’ve had with other profs who were learning along with the rest of the students.  Anyway, I’m looking forward to every class which is new.  So boo ya!

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