Aesthetiic notebook prompts - Week One 150 words BB 3 In thinking about Mishima it is tempting to blend the author’s own life with the life of his

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Week One 150 words BB 3. In thinking about Mishima, it is tempting to blend the author’s own life with the life of his young Lieutenant. But to come to terms with the story, we have to separate the author from his character. So for this prompt, try to set the distractions of Mishima’s life aside. In the story, the looming inevitability of death quickens the aesthetic and erotic responses of the Lieutenant and his wife. Look for passages where this happens (e.g. 464). Reflect on the mingling of death and sexuality. Does the story discover a beauty in that mingling? If so, where (in what language)? Or does the combination of death and eroticism become monstrous? Think this through in whatever ways seem useful. 4. Mishima wrote “I wanted to make a poem of my life, make a beautiful body then destroy it before it began to come to pieces.” Does the story “Patriotism” convince you that a ritual death can be beautiful, that it can “make a poem of life”? Or, write a short creative piece (poem, dialogue, scene, etc.) in which you explore this question (without necessarily reaching a conclusion). Week Two 150 words 3. Kenko's ideal of Simplicity is partly driven by his Buddhism. In other words, it is partly a religious ideal about valuing things beyond the world of wealth and fame. But it is also an aesthetic ideal: a standard for discerning and appreciating beauty. Take a close look at Kenko's description of beauty in houses (233) and then consider (in at least 150 words) what you think Kenko might have to say about t he sorts of houses prized as beautiful in Southern California.
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Week Three 150 words CCP 113 3. In "Home Again Among Fields and Gardens," (
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