This was a good week for poetry. I especially enjoyed “Ozymandias.” The alliteration of the “s” sound was something that I didn’t notice until it was pointed out, but after it was, I found it interesting and fascinating. My theory about the alliteration prior to hearing that it was the sound of sand blowing in the desert was what I thought to be a little odd. I wasn’t going to say it when we went around to tables, but I decided last minute that I would, and I’m glad I did. I said the “s” sound was like a snake, and people find snakes scary. People found Ozymandias scary when he was relevant. Snakes shed their skin, but that skin still looks quite terrifying; it has no power though because it is dead, hollow nothing. This is kind of like the statue of Ozymandias the poem talks about. The statue is in the middle of nowhere, and it has no substance whatsoever. It was at one time a symbol of power, and people were afraid, but that no longer prevails.
I did not so much understand the other poem we read. “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth” did not intrigue me like “Ozymandias” did. These poems were both sonnets. I now can confidently say that I know what a sonnet is and I think that is pretty cool. I like learning new things.
We also continued looking at critical theory with our Shakespeare plays. My group changed our theory to the feminism one, which should work well with Lady MacBeth. I’m excited to explore the world of Shakespeare once again through the eyes of MacBeth. The Goodreads website has a pretty good review of the play, and I can’t wait to hear the full story.