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Teach-In (Wed. Oct 14th, 2:30 – midnight, Campbell Hall)

October 13, 2009

The budget crisis at the University of California has generated fee increases, layoffs, and furloughs for hundreds of thousands, along with much confusion, frustration, and anger.  To explain it all and chart a progressive path forward, UCSB will be the site of a teach-in on October 14, 2009.  Organized by a committee of students, staff, and faculty at UCSB, the teach-in will bring to the campus leading experts, activists, and political figures from through the state. Their aim is to get to the root of the massive budget shortfalls threatening higher education. Since the mid 1960s, teach-ins on topics foreign and domestic have been used on college camuses to provide an occasion for focused learning and debate on pressing issues.



Wroth and Davies (for October 15th)

October 13, 2009

You should read each of these sequences in their entirety.

  • Sir John Davies, Gullinge Sonnets
    8 sonnets. What does “gulling” mean in this context?

Sonnet Conversation Assignment

October 7, 2009

Be sure to sign up for a meeting for the sonnet conversation assignment!
Take a look at the details for the assignment and the schedule in progress then contact me with your preferences by October 9th.

Richard Barnfield (for Oct. 8th)

October 6, 2009

“Sighing, and sadly sitting by my love”

Sighing, and sadly sitting by my love,
He asked the cause of my heart’s sorrowing,
Conjuring me by heaven’s eternal King
To tell the cause which me so much did move.
Compelled (quoth I), to thee will I confess,
Love is the cause, and only love it is
That doth deprive me of my heavenly bliss.
Love is the pain that doth my heart oppress.
And what is she (quoth he) whom thou dost love?
Look in this glass (quoth I), there shalt thou see
The perfect form of my felicity.
When, thinking that it would strange magic prove,
He opened it, and taking off the cover,
He straight perceived himself to be my lover.

Posted from Richard Barnfield.

Some “context” for Wyatt’s sonnets

October 1, 2009

Two scenes from Showtime’s series “The Tudors.”  In the first, King Henry VIII speaks to Anne Boleyn’s father. In the second, Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas Wyatt interact.


  1. What does King Henry’s discussion with Anne’s father suggest about family relationships in the court?
  2. How is Anne depicted?
  3. How is Wyatt depicted?
  4. Do these depictions come to bear on “Whoso list to hunt”?

Sept 29: Intro to Sonnet– Structure, Rhetoric, Content

September 29, 2009

Theme & Content

Sept 29: What is a sonnet?

September 29, 2009
  • Structure= 14 lines