This fall semester, our M.A. students in ENGL 801 “Introduction to Graduate Studies” are reading and discussing John Keats’s ode “To Autumn” as they enhance their skills at close reading.
Also this fall semester, during COVID-19, we are meeting asynchronously one day a week, testing out some different ways to engage in the work of literary interpretation.
Last week for Keats’s “To Autumn,” I offered a more traditional online discussion board assignment to select two images and share how those images worked together towards one of the poem’s themes. I also offered a less traditional option: to create a #keatscore mood board to represent those selected images and theme.
It was a popular choice among the nineteen students in the class, and I’m happy to share a small sampling based on votes from the class and other faculty.
Here’s the #keatscore mood board assignment:
Using your two selected images (words or short phrases) from the poem’s collection of images, create an aesthetic mood board that represents those images and the resulting theme(s) of Keat’s “To Autumn” — a #Keatscore mood board, in the parlance of internet aesthetics, for “To Autumn.”
Remember: Your two images might be similar (reinforcing the same pattern of imagery and theme), or the two images could be complementary (representing two contrasting or diverging patterns of imagery and themes).
Your #Keatscore mood board should have between 5-9 visuals, and no more than one should include text. You can create the mood board using whatever platform you prefer, saving the resulting collage as a JPG file.
When your #Keatscore mood board is ready, share the JPG file in your reply below. Be sure to include in the body of your post the two selected images (the quotations from the poem) that inspired the mood board and a brief description (1-3 sentences) of the theme(s) you’re aiming to convey.