ASIAN 226: "The Poetries of Asia" Write-up of oral presentation The write-up can be based on the hand-out that you used in your oral presentation. However, the write-up should be a connected text (rather than a list of headings or talking points) and it should include the following things: 1. Biographical information on the poet you presented in class. This should include something about time, place, and (where relevant) the social, religious, or philosophical background of the poet. 2. The write-up should include at least one poem (not too long a poem) ascribed to the poet that you presented. The poem(s) you choose may be one(s) that you presented and discussed in class. Normally, the poem(s) should be in English translation. Please indicate the name of the translator and the source of the translation. You may include the text in the original language, if you like, and, if you cannot find a satisfactory translation and know the original language, you may provide a translation of your own. 3. You discussion should include possible interpretations or ways of reading the poem(s). 4. Please include a list of references at the end of your write-up. The list should include at least one imprint (= book or journal article). Notes: Depending on the poet you selected there may be more biographical information than you need. Do not let the biographical information dominate the write-up. I am more interested in seeing your interpretation of the poetry than in reading a detailed biography of the poet. It is also possible that what is related by biographers may not be verifiable from the historical record. If that is the case please indicate your awareness of it. The write-up should be 3 or 4 (not more than 4) pages if coming from one person; 5 or 6 (not more than 6) pages if two of you work together. (NB: If you want a "divorce", please consult with me first.) The write-up is due by the end of the day, Tuesday, 27 April. You may leave it in my mailbox in Room 3070 Frieze Bldg. (Office hours: 8 am until 4:30 pm.) Remember you are not required to do more than five of the numbered assignments. You are free to do all six plus any alternate assignments. (I will take the five best when calculating the course grade.) You must do the write-up, which counts for 15% of the course grade. Remember the second hour exam will be in Room 3527 on the 28th of April (Wednesday) at 4 pm. Last updated 21 April 2004.