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Many Small Assignments
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course examined a lot of famous and less well-known English poets and authors. We also read a Victorian novel called Middlemarch during the first half of the semester, which was a great look into the Victorian age and what people focused on during that time. It was also a book that resonates well with people today, as many of my classmates and I found. You do have to get three Norton Anthology books, which are a bit expensive, but we use them all the time. There was a writing assignment of 3 pages every week that we read Middlemarch, but those have prompts and the last page is just opinions of what you read. Then you have the bigger poem analyses, which are about 4 pages and there were only 2 of those. The professor really has a passion for English literature, and she makes it a point to hear our opinions and insights about the readings. I think the only time option was a 2 1/2 hour night class, but she let us leave early sometimes when we got through the discussions and it was only one day a week, which I personally don't think is terrible.
We focused on some poetic elements and how to analyze all of the aspects of poetry, and we had many writing exercises that helped us evaluate and process chapters of novels and short stories in order to connect the pieces and get a grasp on the whole story.
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Advice for students:
Manage your time wisely, and read throughout the week rather than reading it all on Sunday. reading 40-70 pages of something in a week seems like a lot, but it's not horrible if you read every day for a bit. The hardest part of the course is getting all of the reading done, because any questions about comprehension were discussed in class and the professor was very open to emails throughout the week.