Watch Mr. Colbert 'interview' Elizabeth Alexander at Colbert's website. Assignment:
- Make sure you have read all assigned material for Charles Olson and have a working understanding of his text. You should be able to draw from his poems and essays, your notes from the readings, class discussion, and Ferrini's film, as well as anything else you decided to investigate that aided your understanding of Olson's 'poetics'.
- Read and / or watch and listen Elizabeth Alexander's inauguration poem "Praise Song for the Day."
- Watch the video clip of Alexander on the 'Colbert Report.' Even though this is 'funny', it is up to you to sift through and find something you can write intellectually about.
- Respond to the following prompt: Based on your knowledge of Charles Olson's poetics, how would he respond to any of the following: any of Colbert's questions to Alexander, any of Alexander's responses to Colbert's questions, or Alexander's poem itself.
Your post must cover something that has not been covered in the comment stream before you, though elaboration is encouraged.
I would think you'd need at least 750 words to do this effectively.
This is due by 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb 2nd 2009. It will count as a 40 point 'homework' assignment. Late posts will only receive half credit, unless extension is granted beforehand.