Friday, February 17, 2017

Reading Period 17: Feb 17-23: Twenty Thousand Leagues

"Hey yeah it's Jules. Victorian
Sci-Fi is kind of my thing."
Long Read: 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, chapters 7-24. (To the end of Part 1)


"With Rue My Heart is Laden" by A. E. Housman

WITH rue my heart is laden
  For golden friends I had,
For many a rose-lipt maiden
  And many a lightfoot lad.

By brooks too broad for leaping        
  The lightfoot boys are laid;
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
  In fields where roses fade.

"The Winds Out of the West Winds Blow" by A. E. Housman

THE WINDS out of the west land blow,
  My friends have breathed them there;
Warm with the blood of lads I know
  Comes east the sighing air.

It fanned their temples, filled their lungs,        
  Scattered their forelocks free;
My friends made words of it with tongues
  That talk no more to me.

Their voices, dying as they fly,
  Loose on the wind are sown;        
The names of men blow soundless by,
  My fellows’ and my own.

Oh lads, at home I heard you plain,
  But here your speech is still,
And down the sighing wind in vain        
  You hollo from the hill.

The wind and I, we both were there,
  But neither long abode;
Now through the friendless world we fare
  And sigh upon the road.

Creative Assignments: 

Create an color illustration for "With Rue My Heart is Laden" in which you include all the images of the poem. Yes, this is yet another memory strategy! Speak it, write it, illustrate it, listen to it, look at it, and when you get to class, be ready to recite it.


Choose one of the four A.E. Housman poems we've read, and write a poem with a similar theme. Living in the moment, regretting not listening to wise advice, or missing friends. Here are the rules for this poem: 1. You must use the word "rue." 2. You must write in four-line stanzas. 3. You must include some kind of rural imagery.

Look, it's Shropshire!
Writing Assignments:

Conseil is an interesting character. He's not the hero, but he does play an important role. His name means "advice." Write a 250 word essay about Conseil, in which you describe his character using quotes and specific words from the text to back up your analysis. What is he like? What does he do? What role does Conseil play in the story -- sidekick? foil character? comic relief? Why is he there? Decide which archetype you think best fits him, and make a case for it using events from the book.


You may have seen movies or read books about travel to faraway stars, or even just to our neighboring planet, Mars. Fictional people who embark on voyages like this find themselves in similar circumstances to what Captain Nemo describes for himself and his crew: outside of society, no longer bound by it, and not able to return to it. Thinking about the prospects of adventure that Nemo offers to Arronax, and the prospect of long-term space travel that you yourself may embark on one day, write an essay about the decision to leave what you know behind, possibly forever, and exchange it for the chance to explore the unknown. Is this something that you would ever do? Would the benefit of satisfying your curiosity for new worlds outweigh the sadness of leaving behind the world that you know? What would you do? Write a 300 word essay in which you discuss this.


Captain Nemo gives an inspiring speech about the freedom of the seas. Research the phrase "international waters" and write a 300 word essay explaining what is meant by this. Are the seas really free? What can you do in the middle of the ocean and who has jurisdiction? Where does one country's sovereignty end and another's begin? What about air space? The sea bed? Are these areas really free? Use a quote from Nemo's speech in the book (chapter 10) in your essay, and cite your source.


1. What do Ned Land and Dr. Arronax discover about the giant narwhal?
2. Translate the phrase "Mobilis in Mobile."
3. What condition does the captain put on his "guests" as they stay aboard the ship?
4. Why does Arronax not believe that the Nautilus is powered by electricity?
5. How does Captain Nemo explain his collision with the Scotia?
6. During their exploration of the Forest of Crespo, which is impossible: sleep or speaking?
7. What was so terrible about seeing the ship, The Florida?
8. At the new year, Conseil and Ned Land have different opinions about their time on the Nautilus. Which wants to stay and which is anxious to escape?
9. What is Captain Nemo's solution for getting off the reef on which the Nautilus is stuck at high tide?
10. Why do Arronax, Land, and Conseil have to leave the island in a hurry?

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