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Honors English III (8/29/16)

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  • Sometimes my notes convey my inner anger with the author. Filling every available spot on the border of the page. I seem to become very frustrated with the authors. I feel as if my notes are saying "Why can't you understand what's going on?"
  • Other notes are more negative like "Please!" or "Nonsense" - things like that. I remember once while reading, I came across a note saying "don't be a ninny," in the Life of Emily Dickinson. I tried to imagine what that person making the note was like.
  • Students are more conservative with their notes. Leaving few words along the borders of the pages. The words "metaphor" and "irony" scribbled a lot of times around the page.
  • Or those who cheer as if their day has been made. "Absolutely, Yes. Bulls-eye, My man!" Absolute excitement filling their annotations.
  • Students are more conservative with their note taking. Typically leaving few notes along the borders of the page. Scribbling "metaphor" and "irony" many times simply just identifying their presence.
  • We have all utilized the margins of a page in our own ways and attempted to show that we did not just flip through the pages without comprehending anything. We have all expressed our thoughts and opinions.
  • And if you have ever avoided writing "Man vs. Nature" in the margins of a paper during college studies, Maybe it is now time to take a step forward.
  • Even the Irish Monks in their cold, dark, library-like rooms took notes along the margins of the gospels. Pained by the tasks of copying, noted their emotions as they wrote these gospels. But knowing the effect these gospels would have on future generations was reassuring.
  • But you haven't read Joshua Reynolds until you have experienced his writing until you have seen it infused with Blake's enraged notes.
  • Yet what comes to my mind most often, sticking to my thoughts, was written in a copy of the Catcher in the Rye, that I borrowed from the local library. I remember it was the beginning of high school, reading books in my parent's living room. It is hard to describe my lonliness and heightened emotions at the time
  • I found on a page, written in pencil by what seems to be a girl (one who I would never know), "Pardon the egg salad stains, but i'm in love."
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