21:352:343:01 American Literature of the 20th Century
First Day. September 2, 2009       Name: ________________________________________


1. Please detach and retain the coupon at the bottom of this sheet. It has the assignment for Friday, September 4, 2009.

2. Please carefully read "Recuerdo" (Spanish, memoir or remembrance) by Edna St. Vincent Millay, written in 1922, set (I assumke) on the Staten Island Ferry. Briefly discuss (20 minutes in class) how Millay tells the modern romantic story -- it's not straightforward -- combining repetition in each stanza starting with the same two line couplet and lots of juicy image words that adds suggestions to enlarge her tale. Which words, phrases, or other elements do you find the most effectuve? Please write a short essay giving your own reading response to the poem -- please don't just summarize it or write about general information, nowledge.
RECUERDO (1922)

by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

WE were very tired, we were very merry --
We had gone back and forth all night upon the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable --
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on the hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

We were very tired, we were very merry --
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.

We were very tired, we were very merry,
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
We hailed, "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl-covered head,
And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and the pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.




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21:352:343:01 American Literature of the 20th Century
Paper 1, Due Friday, September 4, 2009

For Friday, Sept. 4, read online Jack London's "The Law of Life" (1901). http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/343/london_law_of_life.htm Many readers see Darwinian naturalism in old Koshkoosh's struggle and acceptance of the end of life. By contrast, however, a brilliant picture forms in his active mind in his last hours. Please write a short essay (1-2 pages) on this image, which seesm to define both his character and the meaning of the story. Build your argument on evidence (short quotes) from the text. . .