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In the following passage from, writer Joseph Brodsky describes
Venice, Italy. Read the passage once for fun. Then read it again. As
you reread, consider what kind of impression or feeling Brodsky’s
description evokes for you. Think about how his words evoke this
impression or feeling for you.
In winter you wake up in this city, especially on Sundays, to the
chiming of its innumerable bells, as though behind your gauze
curtains a gigantic china teaset were vibrating on a silver tray in the
pearl-gray sky. You fling the window open and the room is instantly
flooded with this outer, pearl-laden haze, which is part damp
oxygen, part coffee and prayers. No matter what sort of pills, and
how many, you’ve got to swallow this morning, you feel it’s not
over for you yet. No matter, by the same token, how autonomous
you are, how much you’ve been betrayed, how thorough and
dispiriting is your self-knowledge, you assume there is still hope for
you, or at least a future. (Hope, said Francis Bacon, is a good
breakfast but a bad supper.) This optimism derives from the haze,
from the prayer part of it, especially if it is time for breakfast. On
days like this, the city indeed acquires a porcelain aspect, what with
all its zinc-covered cupolas resembling teapots or upturned cups,
and the tilted profile of campaniles clinking like abandoned spoons
and melting in the sky. Not to mention the seagulls and pigeons,
now sharpening into focus, now melting into air.
— From Watermark
©1992 by Joseph Brodsky
After you have read and thought about Brodsky’s description, you
can respond to each question:
QUESTION 1: Brodsky uses descriptions that appeal to all FIVE senses. Make a list of the five senses and then copy and paste five different passages from Bordsky’s
passage that you think appeal to each of the senses in your list. Create a new thread for this posting and use the subject heading BRODSKY’S DESCRIPTIONS.
There is no minimum length required for Question 1.
QUESTION 2: Brodsky compares Venice to a tea set. Choose ONE noun that you could use to represent your home town. Example: Yonkers is a sports car. Then tell WHY you think
your chosen noun or symbol is appropriate. Do not use clichés, like New York is the big apple, or a concrete jungle, or a melting pot. If you have heard the comparison before, then it’s a cliché.
Create a new thread and use the subject heading: YOUR HOME TOWN is a NOUN. Obviously use your home town and the noun you choose. Example: THE BRONX IS A FORTUNE COOKIE.
Write at least 75 words for Question 2.
Please note : Question 1 and 2 shoud be separate. sould not be combined together
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