February 2, 2010

Eldest Dude is ...

one smart dude.


And I'm so glad it was his homework, not mine, to diagram The Song of Wandering Aengus.

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name an ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Throught hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and tak her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
- W. B. Yeats



And drat, I lost the other piece of paper (with the last stanza) before I took a picture of it. This simple little assignment comes courtesy of Eldest Dude's hard & diligent work in his awesome writing program, Classical Writing: Diogenes, as taught by the brilliant, friendly and engaging Kathy Weitz.

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Brittney said...

I am so book marking this and showing it to my ds when he complains about having to simply label the words without the diagrams!

I would have to agree...your ds is one smart dude!

Cathy said...

Wow! Very cool. I'm one of the few nerds of the world who actually liked diagraming.

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Tracy P. said...

Nice! :-) Yeah, definitely keep him. Love the portrait as much as the diagram.

Some call me Neesie. said...

I am impressed, indeed! With today's trend towards text-speak, I thought that diagramming sentences (and just assembling coherent structured sentences) was a lost art... Bravo, Dude! And credit to Kathy Weitz!

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BigDude said...

I don't think this posted the first time I tried...
The engineer in me has to point out that he 'cut and peeled a hazel wand'...not 'a silver trout'

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Tell eldest due I'm impressed! There's no way I could do that anymore!

Melissa said...

Ah yeah! That is amazing!

Teri said...

Ugh, this somehow reminds me of my symbolic logic class.

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Life with Kaishon said...

He is really so smart. Wow. I remember doing that in high school and thinking, when will I ever use this : ). I don't know that I do. At least it is good to know that I was trained classically :)