I took a photo of this poster in Mr. Kieran's classroom when after proctoring a final exam there. I thought it was a good reminder of some simple things to do when annotating. I also just took a picture of a page in Book 2 of The Odyssey in order to share with you the way that I have annotated my text during the past several years I have read and reread the epic. (So, yes, this page represents added comments over the years.) I like to use the white space to add my thoughts about characterization, symbols, and irony--and more! Keep your annotation symbols simple, and your expression of thoughts concise and clear so your annotations become an aid to memory, which Foster speaks of in his Introduction as one of the three keys to stronger reading, along with recognizing patterns and symbols. Here in Book 2, "Telemachus Sets Sail," Homer implies the importance of being able to share the values of those with whom we dine. Through scenes of communion (See Foster's wonderful Chapter 2), authors make clear symbolically why we accept some invitations to eat with others and why we reject some offers. In the rest of the epic, let's look for this pattern of eating with some, but not with others. Patterns are, by nature, structural; therefore, consider why an author creates a pattern, something that gives both structure AND meaning to a work of art.
Can you share an annotation method that works well for you OR a part of Books 1-4 that you thought was worth noting, that you thought was important in some way? Was there another key scene of eating that you felt was symbolic in the ways Foster describes? Comment here!
Just a Reminder: Develop or Refine Your System of Annotation with This Summer's Readings for English 10H