Thursday, November 17, 2016

And what rough beast

I take attendance by having students answer a question. This week's pop-quiz on dark poetry continues, as for afternoon labs I asked:
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
... which I figured left itself open to some interesting answers, even if students didn't recognize the reference or felt overwhelmed by the current political situation falling apart.

Silly answers:
  • the second one
  • man bear pig
  • Jabberwocky
  • any beast
  • the flamin' hot cheeto
CS-themed answers:
  • computer scientists
  • the ghost of the traveling salesman
  • Lila
  • I still don't know
  • literature is for NERDS
  • ..??
  • what book is this!
  • idk lol
Today's clear winner goes to the most extremely specific and literal response to, namely: "pregnant Jewish woman who's jetlagged from the flight back." Take that, Yeats --- this student answered your rhetorical question!

This post's theme word is orgulous, "haughty". The usually-silly questions have been recast as a confused flurry of orgulous literary references.

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