Instructions for Dancing

Friday May 16, 2008

let’s see how far we’ve come

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 2:09 pm

“Book IX is an exciting book of the Aeneid to read, because in it Vergil creates some situations and questions that may not have been brought to the fore before. The absence of the Trojans’ leader Aeneas leaves a gap that other men in the camp – and indeed the leader of the enemy – seek to appropriate, and the resulting confusion may reinforce our understanding of Aeneas’ import to the Trojans and raises some interesting questions about what it means to be masculine or heroic. I think that in many ways the successes or failures of schemes in this book do not rely on masculinity or heroism in a traditional Homeric sense; characters fail who have great strength and bravery but shortcomings in other areas, and I think that in this book we see Vergil making the concepts of masculinity and heroism far more separate in meaning than they may have been before; to be a successful hero in Vergil’s eyes seems to require characteristics far more subtle than the typical Homeric ones of bravery and strength.”

Those were the first three sentences of my very first essay here, back in Michaelmas term. Carrie called me out on that, thank god, but from my point of view there’s also a whole lot of rambly fake-enthusiastic crap that makes me squirm a little. And a lot of ‘I think’s. That’s really not cool, I think. I was going to a quote an introduction from a more recent essay to see if I’m improved, but now I’m not so sure I want to know the answer. I think my sentence lengths are a little more manageable, at least.

Formal here tonight for Helen’s birthday, which should be jolly as most people are going. Supervision with Carrie at 4, so before then I have two hours to learn a third of Aeneid 9. I made a revision timetable last night, I think it’s going to kill me.


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