If you missed class on Monday, January 11th, 2010 you were introduced to the concepts of "Allusion" and "Reference," and the role of mythological allusions and references found in literary work. Please visit with a classmate in order to obtain this information.
I used Icarus as my focus for emphasizing how frequently references and allusions to mythology arise in literary work. This, of course, is due to the fact that universal themes are always prevalent within the myths; therefore, audiences of all types can connect with the themes that are used.
Your homework for Friday is to complete your "Mythology in Literature" assignment which was explained Monday. Again, if you were absent, please visit with someone from class. You will also have a quiz on Friday, where you will be asked to identify references and allusions to mythology found in several pieces of poetry. We will practice this in class.