With only two weeks left…

…I feel like it’s finally appropriate to ask the question we’ve all been dying to hear answers to:

Who do you like better? Whitman or Dickinson? Why?

Sorry @ the Ghost of ED

Found this gem online and because I’m still angry (and will be until the day I die) that my Creative Writing: Poetry class last semester was so dead set on RIPPING apart (I’m not bitter) any piece of writing without a title, I thought I’d share here.

Seems relevant enough.

Sorry @ the ghost of Emily Dickinson–there are no exceptions in poetry apparently

Words of Encouragement, Warning, and Apology from your Fearless Leader


You are over the hump!  You have only one more full week and one partial week to go. Week 4 module unlocks today at 5 and Week 5’s module is abbreviated.


The last week of the course is intense: some reading and a short voicethread, two papers in quick succession, final free blogging, and the final project.  So buckle up and plan accordingly.


Rhonda drew my attention to the fact that I had mistakenly made Quiz 4 due on June 10 instead of June 17.  I have now corrected that, and I’m sorry if it worried anyone.  Thanks, Rhonda, for catching that!

What was your favorite line from “I Sing The Body Electric”?

After thinking about our reading for the week and going back and reading “I Sing The Body Electric” again I found many lines that really stuck out to me and made me feel something about them. I was curious as to what your favorite line(s) or favorite section was from this piece. I feel like the words that stick out the most to each person and grabs their attention really says something about that person and I want to get to know you all a little bit more by getting in your head for a moment. So, please drop your favorite parts and if you want or can, explain why.

One of the lines that I really loved was in section 3: “They did not love him by allowance, they loved him with personal love”.  I don’t really know why I was drawn to this line, maybe the fact that it is talking about relationships and ‘personal love’ and that seems more intimate to me and allowed me to get inside of the poem. If you haven’t had a class with Dr. Scanlon, one things she has said is to pretend like you are running your thumb through the lines of the poem and where ever the poem gives and you can push your thumb through is where the poem is letting you in and is a good place to start analyzing. This line was one of the first places my thumb broke through and allowed me to live inside of the poem for a bit.

Office Hours Week Two

You have a technology assignment at the start of the week to familiarize yourself with our interface in Canvas for office hours, which allows audio, video, or text chat.  Based on polling data, OH for this week will be as follows:

Wednesday, 5/30, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, 6/1, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Song of Sean

Hello All! My name is Sean and I am a Senior here at UMW. As someone who is a tad photo-averse I had to go a couple years back in time in order to find a picture on my phone that was actually of me and not my dog or a screenshot of a meme. No longer is my hair that short nor my outfits that intensely layered (and that cat is, unfortunately, not mine) but I still consider the photo to be a somewhat accurate frontispiece.

When I am not doing schoolwork or at my job at a local park you can usually find me at home, either reading (I just finished the Ray Bradbury short story collection The Golden Apples of the Sun, which is quite good and the poetry super-fans may recognize the title as a line from a W.B Yeats poem), listening to music (if anyone wants to gush about the new Courtney Barnett or Parquet Courts albums with me please do so), watching television (same goes for Westworld or the latest season of Atlanta), or, more recently, practicing piano, which I just started taking lessons for a few months ago (my first recital is in a few weeks and I am incredibly scared that I am going to get upstaged by several ten-year-olds). I also enjoy going to the movies, nature walks, photography, spending time with friends, and petting my aforementioned dog (pictured below because I think there may be a law somewhere that says if you mention a pet anywhere on the internet you have to include a picture)

As a general fan of poetry I am very much looking forward to reading and learning about these two titans, whom I admittedly am not nearly as familiar with as I should be. Thank you for reading and I hope the next four or so weeks treat us all kindly!