One of the central themes in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the role of class in early nineteenth-century England. Austen is interested in how social class shapes individual experience as well as the interactions among people of different classes.
Read one or both of the following stories:
Read Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" out loud to yourself a few times. Then watch the video of John Ulrich discussing and reading "We Real Cool" as part of the EDSITEment-reviewed Library of Congress Favorite Poems Project. Pay particular attention to how you read the poem and how the poem is read in the Favorite Poems Project video—what words are emphasized? what kind of rhythm is established?
Read the first section of Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” and then look at the following images. How do they compare to Crane’s description?
Use the following links as you explore Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess."
The following are important general links to aid your progression through the novel. Use them as necessary to aid your general comprehension so that you can better investigate the themes, symbols, and perspectives presented in the book.
Read Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," paying close attention to the sounds of the words. What sounds do you notice as you read the poem aloud?
Use the following links as you explore Andrew Marvell's poem, "To His Coy Mistress."