VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)

Comments from Those Who Have Been Here Already

"It looks like a lot of time was spent on development [of this web site]--time I would say that was TOTALLY worth it."

"I think what I found most interesting was the history about William Shakespeare. It also had other Web listings about him. This is a great quick reference. The page of scansions was a bit confusing . . . . This page may take some time to get used to. The "sound effects" and the "theme" on Sonnet 116, I feel, could come in handy if you're going to read poetry to a group."

"The 'Reading a Poem' pages offered a lot. I enjoyed the example from the poem by Robert Burns and how he describes his beloved in reference to a rose. Also, the little outline on the right [of that page] that was created to help one go through a poem step by step seems helpful and something I would like to make sure I have on hand for future reference." [Author's Note: Web pages can be printed. Just click on "File" and "Print Preview" (to make sure the page isn't 20 sheets of paper) and then "Print."]
What I found to be the most beneficial about the module was how they provided a page of external links titled, “The Hyper Text of Sonnet 116”.  Found on page nine of the module, this very informative page, goes into very detailed descriptions of various key words of the Sonnet. It was essential for me to be able to gain useful insights into each line of the poem. I applied the knowledge learned from this page to various parts of the sonnet that included the lines, “Love’s not times fool/ through rosy lips and cheeks/ Within his bending sickle’s compass come/ Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks/ but bears it out even to the edge of doom”.  The hyperlinks were provided for the words, time, sickle, his, bears it out, and edge of doom. By providing such a comprehensive explanation of each of these words, the module helped me to grasp the full concept behind what I believe to be one of the major points of this poem. That would be that, love is constant, and that even though time is a real threat, because it takes away the youthful appearance of the ones we love,  does not mean that time, (which is personified in this poem), is enough to stop “loving one’s beloved”.
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