Unformatted text preview: should reflect your grasp of the poem, in all its complexity (characterizations, symbolism, motifs, messages, etc.). Avoid caricature. Your tablet should “fit” into the artistic structure and logic of the text we already have. It may indeed raise new questions, but these should arise from the existing poem, which, as we’ve seen, is open to interpretation. Think of it as an addition to a house—a half bath or a deck or a wood-burning stove. It’s new, but it should continue or enhance the form and function of the whole. You may choose to emulate Gilgamesh ’s style, or you may choose not to. Feel free to play with the fragmentary nature of this epic; you might include frustrating but thought-provoking lacunae (the suspension points that denote gaps—cracks—on the tablet) or bracketed passages that represent best guesses about a missing word or line, based on the evidence of other tablets or versions. I encourage you to run your ideas by me for feedback....
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course IH 0951 taught by Professor Dr.jih during the Fall '10 term at Temple.
- Fall '10