Visual Art for ‘The Rape of Lucrece’


So I drew Lucrece after the rape because drawing her while she’s naive and happy would be too easy. The ribbon across her mouth represents how Tarquin silenced her and, ultimately, her life. She’s holding a red rose and a white lily to depict the omnipresent metaphor of virtue and beauty. However, the flowers have started to blacken and die similar to how the imagery of red and white is replaced with black after the rape.

(My next drawing will be of Tarquin represented by a piece of trash.)

This is for the “Genres and Mode Badge.”










My annotations for Lucrece. I like to keep it pretty simple so I don’t muddy the text too much (just a preference). The most effective method I employ is to quickly outline the main ideas (in modern english) of passages I find hard to understand. I also try to highlight important words to look up in the OED.

Section 4: Tutorial Debate

This is your chance to get the last word and/or the knock down argument in the gender debate. Post your comment, and we will discuss how it all  plays out in tutorial next week.

Is Twelfth Night portraying a conservative or progressive representation of gender?

Remember to support your arguments with quotations from the text.

Sonnet Writing

For all of you who are writing your own sonnets and publishing them on the blog — keep it up! I think this is such a good way for you to put yourself in the mind of a writer like Shakespeare and get a first hand look at the craft of poetry. It’s harder than you would think. I’m posting this link to guide you future poets on the precise definition of sonnets and their various forms. Yes, there’s more than one kind! Take a look at the second link to see a collection of contemporary sonnets from the Elizabethan period. If you keep posting your sonnets, perhaps the TA’s will feel encouraged to give it a try.

My Attempt at a Shakespearean Sonnet


Passion leads fire, hand in hand
One burns whilst the other desires
As thou exclaims ‘it has scorched thine land’
Passion pleads to bring forth that liar

Thou may claim that one is greater
That Passion may outweigh sorrow
But Fire can destroy thy creator
As thou succumbs to tomorrow

Broken promises outweigh pleasure
And lies burn through bliss
Be careful not to measure
Too quickly, or you might just miss

For Passion brings fire
And Fire likes to conspire

Twelfth Night Character Map

While reading through Twelfth Night I found myself getting mixed up on the characters and their connections. So I followed Dr. Ullyot’s advice and made a character map.

I started out with the main story line of Orsino, Olivia, and Viola/Cesario. I unintentionally made it into a triangle but it works out perfectly for representing the love triangle that forms between the three of them.

Then I added all the secondary characters (using the character outline at the beginning of the play) and wrote quick notes to remind myself of the connections.

12th Night Mind Map

Of course I could add lots of other little lines connecting everyone in a really complex spider web…but that would just confuse me all over again.

My Shakespearean Sonnet – Comments Welcome

Title: The Lustful

By Andrew Lane

Hither me most thus did say to thee
I thirst the fermented vine of your mind
I replenish souls of forsaken with kind
Like sweet words of sparrows aloft flaunt me
Seven sunsets show riches hidden your tree
Time ever slithers, my limbs grind
Push the fair marrow of skin for thee find
A thought too fierce for my ears to see

For thee will bring me more than cupid’s bow
Bring forth thy horses, thy ravenous heart
A stones heavy heart be stills me from thy tow
Trust thy no more than the custard from tart
Lurking shadow misfortune will live again
Though tears heal gaping wounds, I sleep in vain

My attempt at a sonnet- Please don’t be to hard onnet!


English 205, a course for the ages.

O Shakespearean verses fortunes have’t we study

Stanzas and  lines we read pages and pages.

Themes, and parallel phrases we looketh upon thee

For between thy plain structure, O Meaning we find you.

Meaning of strange words and worlds, woveth in

The tapestries of e’re told tales for us to find anew.

Thou timeless Bard baffled billions. Why did you spin

The words that you did.  We spend hours trying to know

the thoughts in thoust noggin at th’hour when parchment and quill

married to make sums many more than their parts e’re show.

Tell me, is a tree just a tree or did you have further will?

Nothing  by thy pen is as the flowers appear to the sun;

‘Tis more akin to an onion, but many leagues more fun.








A NOTE on An-NOTE-ating



(Yes.. I do think I’m pretty funny.)

On the first day of class I thought to myself, “But Dr. Ullyot, I’ve annotated before! What could I possibly have to learn about annotating?”

The answer it, A LOT!  My exploration of annotating techniques are as follows:

When I started reading Lucrece, the first thing I thought to myself was, “… What in the world is the crazy bard talking about…?????”  (as a side note, I didn’t do Shakespeare in high school, curse their souls, so this being my first Shakespeare-ence, I really just wanted to figure out what in the world was going on)

So my annotations were mostly paraphrasing, with a little bit of highlighting mixed in there for good fun.  Okay, not just for good fun, I was using my highlighters to follow various themes.  In the end my text looked a lot (if not exactly) like this:

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“Rebecca,” You say, “That looks pretty boring and bland.  And not to mention it’s kind of hard to tell exactly what is important.”

My thoughts exactly.

So I set out in search of a new technique for annotating!

[Enter the Twelfth Night followed by a band of coloured markers]

As you can see from the pictures below I found a much more rainbow coloured (i.e. less boring) and more effective way of annotating my copy of the Twelfth Night.  I created a colour coded index that told me which coloured marker corresponded to which themes or characters.  I then used the markers to underline or bracket words, phrases, or passages that fit the description of the colour.

It sounds complicated, but it’s really not. Let me show you how it works:

Here’s my index. It’s rather extensive, but one can only blame Shakespeare for that- If there weren’t so many crazy twisted, tangled, upside-down relationships to follow in the Twelfth night, my list would be much smaller.

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Say I’m reading through the first page of the story and I come across a line such as, “O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art though,”.  Well, I’d take that line an I’d underline it it red because red in my index relates to the “intensity/nature of love.”

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Isn’t that great?!

I think so too.

There are many more examples below.  Feel free to pursue them at your leisure.   I’ll see you at the bottom of the post.

[Exit Rebecca]

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[Enter Rebecca with a delicious looking sandwich wearing some mustard and a guilty look on her face]

Oh, hello there! I’m glad you finally made it through my extensive gallery of great annotating!  I think my favourite part is the ends of my fingers photo-bombing every picture…

So sue me, I’m an english student, not a photographer (or a hand model).

Not a photographer but a visual learner, so having my text annotated in colour made going back to analyze the text a breeze!

[Exit Rebecca]