This week started off rough for me. After spending two days at home suffering due to a pretty gnar sinus infection I returned to class right in the middle of a group project.This week was all about looking at what makes literature literature, and how we can find the story in things other than literature, in things like paintings and other forms of art. One activity I enjoyed doing as a part of this lesson this week was finding the story in a famous painting. My group chose look at Guernica by Picasso. While also enlightening it was very entertaining to pick out little pieces of the painting and try to say what they might represent and what that adds to the message of the whole piece.
This week we also received a new poem. “Elegy in X Parts” by Matt Rasmussen shows the broken and reeling thoughts of someone who’s had someone close to them commit suicide. In our table groups we spent time breaking apart each little piece of the poem in order to put together what is going through the writer's head. As usual with a weekly poem we took the time to write a timed essay. This week I found it incredibly challenging as timed writings often give me a severe sense of anxiety. The work I produced was not good quality at all and I hope to improve on this difficulty as the year goes on.