Scarlet Women and British Literature

Today I had quite possibly the best class of the semester because we succeeded in going off into the most tangents in a single class that I have ever seen.

In British Literature we got into groups to prepare our presentations on one of the authors that we have been reading: Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats. My group killed some of our free time by discussing Game of Thrones, guys who bring girls flowers, and accents.

Discussing Lord Byron led us into many tangents, each of which was way farther than I would have ever expected for a college class.

We discussed how Lord Byron slept with over 200 women and the double standard that exists compared to a situation of if a woman slept with that many men. A few sentences later and somehow our class talked about Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t remember the connection but regardless of context it was most entertaining because it is so far from usual discussion in our class.

Let me tell you, Tangents were extreme. Our class talked about racism, sexism, religious practices, I could have sworn that we all broke out into saying random words at one point with no regard for their significance.  It was amazing.

We had many great things to say about poetry as well. The class seemed very interested in the way that I read “Darkness” by Lord Byron. I of course said that the secret came from paying careful attention to the punctuation because that is usually the author’s tool to guide the flow.

I would say that the coolest part about all of this was that the whole class was up in arms about some comments, total agreement on others, and occasionally lost due to the pace of such a discussion. All the while my group is standing up at the front of the class and I felt like I was juggling by the many subjects that came up that were thrown at the front of the class to get our opinions mostly because this was a presentation.

I have to give credit to my English teacher because she is such a sport during discussions. When subjects get a little farther away from the subject she just rolls with it and makes sure that we are being considerate of other people and that we are thinking like students instead of aimless people.


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