Paraphrasing the poem "Marginalia" by Billy Collins and putting them to scenes that we imagine the reader could possibly be in.
Sometimes my notes are more casual or funny. I remember trying to imagine what the person who wrote "Don't be a Ninny" in the margin of "The Life of Emily Dickinson" must look like.
When I write notes in my books, it might seem like I am angry with the authors like Kierkedaard or O'Brien for being confusing.
Students don't understand the true potential of writing notes in the margin. They don't take advantage of the ability they have, they only write little, insignificant scrawls identifying literary devices.
Not all highschoolers are bad, some of them have really insightful thoughts that have really furthered my understanding of the text.
I think that all of us, at least once or twice, have written down something, anything that came to mind in a certain passage while reading a book.
If you've graduated college and you still can't jot down a little but about what you're reading on the side of the page then you should go back to school and learn this basic skill.
Throughout my whole life I've had many memorable experiences. One of those was a note written in the side of a copy of "Catcher in the Rye" that I borrowed from the library one summer. It was after my freshmen year of high school. I was in the living room reading and thinking. Looking back I can see how exaggerated I imagined everything in my small, over dramatic mind
You haven't had the full experience of reading Joshua Reynolds until you've read William Blake's notes on Reynold's writings!
I can see the memory as clearly as I see this egg. Next to a few greasy smears, the words "Pardon the egg salad stains, but I'm in love." are written by who I imagine to be a beautiful girl, whom I shall never meet.
From what I know, people have been writing in the margin of books for a really long time. One example is the Irish Monks who would write down little thoughts they had while copying books. It must have been easy for them to think of stuff because of their peaceful scriptorias, the birds chirping outside while the sun shine through the big windows. Oh what a place to be.
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