Monday, October 20, 2008
Episode 28: Drizzling
It's been drizzling from the moment I stepped out of my room, until I got back from my lecture on William Carlos Williams, whom I don't particularly care for, but more on that later. It was too chilly to be walking about more than necessary, so I decided that I'd have junk food for dinner (Mars Bars and Twix) and went straight to The Learning Grid to print out the model translation for last week and the translations from Fitt 3 that I did today. Also typed and printed out my haiku, which I will have to put somewhere and photograph at some point tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow! I'm feeling a bit stressed about my essay for EN122 because I can't decide which question to do and I have a feeling all the useful books in the Library have already been borrowed. Shall take some time tomorrow after lessons to seriously reflect on which question I should do. Am hoping that after reading more for EN122, especially the theoretical texts, I'll have a better idea of which question I want to do. Am tempted by the question that involves a close analysis of 'Howl', but I'm not sure how I'd bring in theoretical texts into my essay, and the Library's books on 'Howl' are all on loan. Anyway, I dislike Williams's work because it reminds me too much of what's been coming out from some quarters of Singaporean poetry. Too minimalist and yet asserting itself as having meaning. I'm somewhat sceptical, despite today's lecturer's explication of 'The Red Wheelbarrow' and 'This Is Just To Say'. So yeah, I kind of get why it can be considered poetry, but I'm just not really convinced that what it has to say is really that worth saying. Give me 'The Waste Land' any day, seriously, even if I still have no idea what that is saying...