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We are There: Recursive Discussions in ENG 4U

Students in my grade 12 University English class discuss the experience of blogging throughout the course. Advertisements

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Thinking and Rethinking

I was listening to the radio on the weekend, and there was this interesting piece on Spark. I can’t recall if it was the CBC program or some news story, but my interest was sparked when I heard this story … Continue reading

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The Rest is Silence

Academics continue to analyse and debate the meaning of “the rest is silence” and the ambiguity of the words is certainly fitting with the ambiguous wordplay of the protagonist, Hamlet. John Russell Brown argues that it may mean “All that … Continue reading

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Digging up the Present

The echoes of Hamlet in the present continue as I watch the news. It mediates between our experience of the real, and our thoughts about the real. How are we to act in the face of tragedy? Acting quickly can … Continue reading

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Things Matter in Hamlet

The words “something”, “nothing”, “anything”, and “thing” appear in the text of the play 74 times. Even though this is a huge play, I think “things” matter. The play begins with Marcellus referring to the ghost of Hamlet as a “thing” and … Continue reading

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Dreaming “To be or not to be”

Can you imagine having to perform the most famous soliloquy in the history of modern literature? Hamlet’s iconic speech in Act 3 is often interpreted as suicidal ideation, though there is more than enough evidence to suggest otherwise. The lines … Continue reading

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More Hamlet Hauntings

Kurt Vonnegut was a great writer. He is considered by many to have been a skeptic, an aetheist, and a humanist. He studied anthropology, he wrote, and he taught writing, before he died in 2007. Though he wrote under the … Continue reading

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Hamlet Hauntings: Of Kin and Kindness

This is the first of a series of posts on Quotations and significant ideas in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. These posts are meant to supplement the classroom lectures and to add to the discussions happening on your own blogs. Of Kin and … Continue reading

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Running into Reality?

I run, and like Johnathon, running sends me into a cascade of contemplation. Before my Saturday morning long run, I was listening to the audiobook version of the play, Hamlet, and planning the lessons for our next unit of study. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Re:writing and Re:thinking

There is no escaping it. Writing is difficult. But some writing is more difficult.  Some writing requires hours of quietly wrought deliberation with one’s own thoughts. There’s no doubt, that good writing requires good thinking. Good writing defies formula, defies … Continue reading

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