Humor / On Writing / The English Teacher / Uncategorized

Write. And stuff…

By the mid-point of the first quarter of a new school year, presumably all of the principal characters in the production called ‘high school’ know their lines, “their exits and entrances,”; the tryouts now completed, all have gotten used to “play[ing their] many parts.” ( I keep telling my students, and anyone else who forgets … Continue reading

On Reading / The English Teacher / The Social Network / Uncategorized

When I Remember what Shakespeare is Good for…

Some of my students are going to meet up with Shakespeare in a few days.  They’re going to whine about. They’re going to resist. They’re going to say something along the lines of “I just don’t GET it.” Or, “It’s so hard!!!.” Or, my absolute favorite: “Shakespeare and his King James English has no relevance … Continue reading

Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

Imitation or Parody? You Decide

On the one hand, William Shakespeare. On the other, Howard Moss. Both of them poets. There, the comparison should likely stop, since after all, one was a Renaissance man. (Dramatist too. 16th century. Brit.) The other, a New Yorker who edited the poetry section of The New Yorker.  (20th century. American.) What links them? Sonnet XVIII, … Continue reading