Welcome Back! I hope you had a relaxing break!
We reviewed the two myths, "Mead of Poetry" and "Loki's Children and the binding of Fenrir" in class. We also discussed the motifs found within each myth.
Students were then introduced to a new assignment regarding poetry. If you were absent today, please stop by so I can give you a greater explanation for it.
We then started on a new myth entitled "Treasures of the Gods"
Questions to anticipate for Wednesday's quiz.
1.. The name “Bolverk” translated means “evil one.” Explain why you think Odin selected this name for the character he portrays in “Mead of Poetry.” Support your answers with examples from the myth.
2. Agree or disagree with the following statement by Odin, and then justify your response. “To be a poet, that is the finest calling.”
3. Consider the “host/guest” relationships within “The Mead of Poetry.” How are these relationships different and/or similar to those in the Greek myths? Support your idea with examples from “The Mead of Poetry” and any Greek myth.
4. The “quest for knowledge” is a strong motif in “The Mead of Poetry.” Primitive societies venerated poets in association with their leaders and gods; however, in some cultures the desire to learn was considered dangerous. Express your ideas concerning both “frames of thought.”
5. What could Sif’s hair represent? (What could it symbolize?) Explain your ideas.
6. What are Loki’s motive, both hidden and apparent, in the myth “Treasures of the Gods?” Explain.
7. Which group of gifts, in your opinion, is more superior? Support your reasoning.
8. Loki's deception in "The Wall of Asgard" leads to a positive outcome for himself and the gods. Discuss the concept of opposition in relationship to the myth and Norse mythology in general.
In addition, don't forget that your memorized poem, and the explanation that goes along with it, are due on Monday, April 21st.. Please remember the following:
1. Make sure your poem is memorized
2. Make sure you have included a typed explanation as to why you value the poem and the meaning behind the piece.
3. Remember to include a copy of the poem beneath your explanation.