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Sonnet 116

Sonnet 20

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William Shakespeare, The Book of Sir Thomas Moore. c. 1601-04. British Library.

Supplement option:

In lieu of one of the Supplements, watch this talk by Poet Billy Collins, and listen to this interview with poet Mary Oliver. Then write a paragraph about the poets’ discussion of their craft.


Listen to this podcast with Jack Hitt and Ira Glass and send me a paragraph in response.


Listen to both of these Radiolab podcasts (here and here) and send me a paragraph in response.

Paper Museum, Tuesday, March 28: bring $8 and meet at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking for class. We will make paper just as it was made for the 1623 Folio. (Note location here. Optional: bring inclusions.)

17th c Notebook

“On Shakespeare”

There is a widespread belief—one with no historical or grammatical foundation—that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as and, but or so. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions. It has been so for centuries, and even the most conservative grammarians have followed this practice. (Chicago Manual of Style)
Many of us were taught that no sentence should begin with “but.” If that’s what you learned, unlearn it—there is no stronger word at the start. It announces total contrast with what has gone before, and the reader is primed for the change. (William Zinsser, On Writing Well)

I can’t overestimate how much easier it is for readers to process a sentence if you start with ‘but’ when you’re shifting direction. (William Zinsser, On Writing Well)

Re-visions due April 11

  • end paragraphs with analysis (context, source, analysis, conclude/transition)
  • “this” (demonstrative pronoun — review rules)
  • modern
  • verbs (to be)
  • smooth integration of quotations
  • prepositional phrases
  • elevate language for academic audience
  • eliminate clutter
  • wrap text around images
  • gender bias
  • that/which
  • Most importantly: substantiate all claims
  • And even if you don’t revise, strengthen for portfolio
  • Rubric

Sample portfolio

Sample portfolio 2


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Library Guide for Research

Oxford English Dictionary

OWL Purdue on Works Cited page

Tariq Writing Essay

Lily Steele Essay

They Say I Say Templates


Sarah Vowell, “Shooting Dad”

When you build, form, rest, or hinge analysis on data, you metaphorically “base (it) on” the evidence. You don’t “base (it) off.” View the “based off” trend.

Commas, periods, and quotation marks

Darby Foster Portfolio

Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking

Why You Should Take Notes by Hand — Not on a Laptop

First Mahara page (sample)

James Bond 007 (DANIEL CRAIG) in pursuit of an Mi6 traitor.Location: Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, UK
Mr. Fox and friends in the amusing “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” (Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures/MCT)


How to Quote and Cite Poetry

Citing your own data mining:


Higinbotham, Sarah. “Viola’s Agency.” Stefan Sinclair, Geoffrey   Rockwell, and the Voyant Tools Team. Voyant. Voyant Tools, 2012, Accessed 31 Oct. 2016.

Citing an image from a secondary source:

Kahlo, Frida. The Two Fridas. 1939. Museo de Art Moderno,
Mexico City. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western
Perspective. Edited by Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya. Thomson Wadsworth, 2006.

Shakespeare King Lear 1974 Shakespeare in the Park from Gianni B on Vimeo.


100 Best Infographics


Simon Russell Bealle

Simon Russell Bealle, 1.1


Fool Blindfolding Justice Durer warning against judicial error

Gandalf contemplates Lear

Student Research on King Lear 

Did I Miss Anything

What is Voyant, and should I cite it? 

Sinclair, Stéfan, Geoffrey Rockwell, and the Voyant Tools Team. Voyant. Voyant Tools, 2012, Accessed 10 Sept. 2016.

“I was surprised to find there were interesting things to find and learn from reading quickly — or not reading at all.” — Michael Witmore



“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? … [W]e need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests, like a suicide. A book must be the ax to break the frozen sea inside us.

Franz Kafka, 1904

Dr. Higinbotham’s Portfolio Checklist