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]





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