Up to Snuff #126 Book List Alliterative Verse (Poetry)

Up to Snuff #126 Book list Alliterative Verse (Poetry)

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


William Langland-Allegorical Narrative Poem

Piers Plowman


Chaucer-Canterbury Tales

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight



Alliterative Morte Arthure

St. Erkenwald

The Raven Edgar Allan Poe


The Rime of Ancient Mariner  Samuel Taylor

The Age of Anxiety W.H. Auden

The Three Dead Kings

Mum and the Sothsegger

Death be not proud

Songs for the Philologists

Sonnet 5

Sir Galahad

Up to Snuff #125: Book list literature, film and online

Up to Snuff #125:  Book list literature, film and online

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The Poetry Handbook, John Lennard, OUP, 2005

Plato’s Republic

Tacit Learning

(Shakespearean references)


Edmund Spenser

Thomas Watson

Michael Drayton

Barnabe Barnes

Richard Linches

Sir Philip Sidney

Wild Strawberries (Film)

Kennedy, John, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” Louisiana State University Press, 1980, p. 1

Poe, Edgar Allan, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,

Poe, Edgar Allan, “Fifty Stories for Boys,”

“The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.”

Quotidian Writer (online/Youtube)

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

The Long Winter

Robinson Cruscoe, Daniel Defoe

Agatha Christie

Fiddler on the Roof

Brave New World

Handmaids Tale



Design Thinking Odyssey

Alice Walker

Grapes of Wrath

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Things Fall Apart

East of Eden

Memoirs of a Geisha

Windup girl

Willa Cather-My Antonia

Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman

Ha Jin

John Updike

Up to Snuff #124: Book list some admired

Up to Snuff #124:  Book list some admired

by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

  • Plato
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Shakespeare
  • Charles Dickens
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Somerset Maugham
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Karl Marx
  • Ha Jin
  • OSHO
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Design Thinking
  • James Baldwin
  • O. Wilson
  • Cultural Branding examples: (Arabian Nights, Wild Irish Rose, Don Quixote, Daphne DuMaurier)
  • Chaucer
  • Tertiary Sources and Resources
  • New York Times Op-Ed Writer
  • Frithjof Bergmann
  • Confucius
  • John Updike
  • Jack A. Hobbs & Robert L. Duncan
  • Pablo Neruda
  • Rumi
  • Thich Nat Hanh
  • Dalai Lama
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Alice Walker
  • Voltaire
  • Balzac
  • Maupassant
  • Lord David Cecil
  • Byron
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Hebrew
  • Christian
  • Jane Austen
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Nikolai Gogol
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Breton
  • Ionesco
  • Sartre
  • Kant
  • Hegel
  • Franz Kafka
  • Franz Fanon
  • Albert Camus
  • Mary Wollencraft Shelly
  • Emily Bronte
  • Daniel Keyes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Anais Nin
  • Maya Angelou
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • S. Lewis
  • Carlos Casteneda
  • Gita
  • Koran
  • Andrew Loomis
  • Baudelaire
  • Nietzsche
  • Octavio Paz
  • Henry Miller
  • Danielle Steele
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Keats
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Francis Bebey
  • Mongo Beti
  • Audre Lorde
  • August Wilson
  • TS Eliot
  • Chekov
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Aristotle
  • Euripides
  • Falun Gong
  • Jose Saramago
  • Rosario
  • J Spiro
  • Hugo von Hofmannsthal
  • Mathew Arnold
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Richard Powers
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • Michel Butor
  • Linda Hogan
  • Larry Woiwode
  • Jayne Anne Phillips
  • Vergil
  • Twentieth-Century British Drama, Patricia Marks
  • Spanish Drama since 1600’s Frank Casa
  • Sven Rossel Scandinavian Poetry
  • Russian Poetry Mitzi, Brunsdale
  • Renaissance Drama Jean-Pierre Barricelli
  • William Haggard
  • Leon Lewis Native America Short Fiction
  • Nobuko Toyosawa
  • Tulsidas
  • Jean-Marie Morel
  • Bharatchandra Raj
  • Margaret B. Wan
  • Paul Andersen
  • Malik B. Asas
  • Maram Epstein
  • David W. Burchmore
  • Juliet Mullins
  • John Tzetles
  • Giovanni Giovaiano Pontano
  • Abril Fazl
  • Observation & Experiment Paul R. Rosenbaum
  • Ingenius Peter Gluckman
  • John Danaber



Up to Snuff # 123: Close reading of literature list

Up to Snuff #123:  Close reading of literature list

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


A slow detailed examination of a text



-Figurative content






-One section, larger work

-Relate to definition of larger work



-Cultural events

-Image, similes, meaphors



-Secondary definition

-Literal content

-Structure organized


-Pattern, rhythm, sentence, form, rhyme

-Unconventional grammar


-Equal weight


Works cited:

Richard Abercarian, Marvin Klotz and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature:  The Human Experience:  Reading and Writing.  New York:  Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016, Print

Up to Snuff #122: Dissecting a piece of literature list

Up to Snuff #122:  Dissecting a piece of literature list

by, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
-Textual evidence

-Literary devices

-Literature in general

-As a study of a technique for improving one’s writing

-Sources of effectiveness

-Language of the essay

-Energize abstract ideas

-Details moving experience

-Use figurative language

-Metaphor and similes

-Physical and emotional language

-In the prose

-Tone of voice

-Stylistic choices it creates

-How author moved to point of view

-Thesis, tone, style

-Rhetorical strategies

-Major visions


-Begin and conclude








-Cause and effect


-Unifying ideas












Serve authors purpose


Works extracted/cited from:

Richard Abercarian, Marvin Klotz and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature:  The Human Experience:  Reading and Writing.  New York:  Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016, Print

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

Book Review:  Shakespeare Sonnet 130

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Shakespeare, perhaps responding the 16th century Elizabethan “sonnet craze,” wrote Sonnet 130. (grin.com) Negated lines, contrasting the periods classical themes of ideals for beauty love and desire appear in his traditional iambic pentameter.  At the finish, the satirical poem reveals a “tenor,” or “target domain” and Shakespeare’s beauty becomes a man.  (grin.com)

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 utilizes many literary devices including alliteration, assonance, and repetition.  Some words use consonants close together (alliteration), other lines use words that have similar vowels as in “assonance,” and lastly for emphasis the writer employed repetition where he repeats actual words like “red” or “wire.” (Owlcation)  Most delectable is Shakespeare’s use of “anastrophe,” which highlights the inversion or order of words and draws the reader into to its midpoint.  Anastrophe may have conveyed a secondary meaning where the writer has inverted the sentence structure and fundamentally the traditional subject or ideals of the age-inverting woman for man.  (owlcation/humanities)

The piece was compared to Petrarch and the conventional Italian Sonnet, as well as English poet Edmund Spenser. (grin.com) Other poets have been cited in comparison or as he their disciple, such “Thomas Watson, Michael Drayton, Barnabe Barnes, Richard Linches and Sir Philip Sidney.”(Mowat 1)  Where traditional themes for hair, lips, skin were employed and common comparisons were meant to seem as if “falsified” or unworthy of comparison.  Shakespeare’s “tenor” eventually emerges, full of contrast, with love perhaps unimaginable, without praising beauty but suggesting inadequacy or contrary.  The poem is typical of an English love sonnet with 14 lines, three quatrains and concluding with a heroic couplet. (owlcation/humanities) It uses an “abab cdcd efef gg structure.”  It ends in “stopped lines and has breaks in syntax.” (owlcation)  Lines appear as similes with consistent negative comparison.  The poem utilizes an overt “lyric I,” and is written in the first person singular.  (grin.com)

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 has meter and rhyme and relates strongly to the history of the love sonnet. Shakespeare perhaps challenging an Elizabethan status quo which had become predictable, wrote sonnets 127-154 to this “mysterious dark lady.” (owlcation) The mysterious dark lady may have possibly been a real-life lover. (owlcation) Sonnet 130, is meant to be a radical in a time period where traditional poets are often alluding to the ideal woman who is compared to sunlight and roses, and who in this case, may not have had a soft gait, but a thud.

Works cited:

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 130,” Abcarian, Richard, Marvin Klotz, and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature: The Human Experience: Reading and Writing. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016. Print. p.838

Abcarian, Richard, Marvin Klotz, and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature: The Human Experience: Reading and Writing. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016. Print.

https://www.grin.com/document/372431 An Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. The concept of love and beauty, Bergische Universität Wuppertal  (Anglistik und Amerikanistik) Introduction to Literary Studies,  2017

https://owlcation.com/humanities/Analysis-of-Sonnet-130-by-William-ShakespeareNorton Anthology, Norton, 2005


Up to Snuff #121: Literary Device Notes

Up to Snuff #121:  Literary Device Notes

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Rising action, climax, falling action

Arrangement connective sequence of narrative events

Series of events


Usually one main protagonist, usually 3, not more than three characters, short stories limit number of characters, one fleshed out or round character, many other two dimensional or flat, depends on tone, plot, theme, setting, characters rendered, how character is revealed through eg. litanies, draws on what?


“~Time, place and mood, when and where and under what circumstances “

“restricted geographical setting.”  “In a single place within a short period of time”

“Within a social situation.”


“~Specific attitude or perspective one adopts with regards to a specific character or place or development”

Theme-Meaning of subject, underlying idea or statement about its subject

Prose-ordinary unrhymed language

Narrative-Has to do with actual stories or writings that include narration

Point of View-eg. First person narrative singular- (I,my)

First person plural (we, are)

Third person point of view-(she, he, they)

Omnipresent narrator-moves around in space and time

Limited omnipresent narrator-expresses emotions single character

Second person-(you)

Irony-manipulation of narrative perspective, authors decisions, gaps, overstatement verbal irony, dramatic irony

Figurative-non-literally, in order to achieve a special effect

Metaphor-one thing compared to another

Simile-one thing is like another

Personification-human qualities to ideas or things

Allusion-associations to persons, places or events

Symbols-Anything that stands for something else

Rhyme-sound patterns of stressed vowels

Alliteration-repetition of a consonant sound

Rhythm-relationship stressed and unstressed syllables, recurrent or similar rhythm is poems meter.

Most literary device notes extracted from:

Richard Abercarian, Marvin Klotz and Samuel Cohen, eds. Literature:  The Human Experience:  Reading and Writing.  New York:  Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016, Print

Up to Snuff #120: Range

Up to Snuff #120:  Range

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Library keyword Search, creative writing, indicative of range:

  • Fiction family life
  • American Fiction
  • Young adult fiction
  • Critique
  • Collaboration
  • Screen Production
  • Creative Literary Translation
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Comparative Grammar
  • Autobiographical
  • Exploring Freedoms in writing
  • National Curriculum
  • Thematic Analysis
  • Storytelling
  • Research
  • Multilingual Writing
  • Creative Writing Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Art, Literature, Ethics
  • Pedagogy
  • Detective Fiction
  • Church Liturgy
  • Expressive Writing
  • Modern Civilization
  • Print and Broadcast Journalism
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Transcription
  • Qualitative Research
  • Journal
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Social Impact
  • Literary Reviews
  • Literary Criticism
  • Short Fiction
  • History
  • Novelist
  • Narrative History
  • Editorial
  • Social Science Theories
  • Romance
  • Digital Writing
  • Evaluate
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Professional Habitus
  • Emancipatory
  • Data Analysis
  • Neoliberalism
  • Newspaper
  • History & Criticism
  • Victorian Period
  • Research starters
  • Biographical
  • Woman Authors
  • Twentieth Century British Drama
  • Spanish Fiction
  • Spanish Drama
  • Short Fiction Late Nineteenth Century
  • Short Story
  • History Instruction
  • Literary History
  • Cultural History
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Cognitive Complexity
  • Educational Measurement
  • Social Skills
  • Theory Building
  • Path Analysis
  • Criterion Theory
  • Physical Models
  • Anthropology
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


Up to Snuff #119: Step by step notes for writing an MLA research paper

Up to Snuff #119:  Step by Step Notes on Writing an MLA Research Paper

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

  • Journal and free write
  • Make a loop diagram
  • Look at persuasion itself
  • Choose subject and develop question (very nice to relate something to chosen career, advance in your field and advance your field)
  • Look at academic databases and opposing views database, key word searches
  • Talk to a Librarian in chat
  • Search abstracts and make prints
  • Rough writing plan 1: thesis, argument, points 1, 2,3, opposing views, audience, goals, supporting resources, aspects of research effectively supported with evidence
  • Annotated bibliography 1
  • Refined writing plan 2
  • Refined annotated bibliography 2 with summaries and notes on credibility, related to what point, check for currency and c.r.a.a.p method of sources (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose)
  • Sometimes get an advisor’s/professor or peers feedback etc. at this juncture
  • Go back to library and print viable sources
  • Split paper in half list quotes with their page number and intext citation notes on one side and usage notes on right side
  • Perform any necessary research
  • Create a rough draft
  • Revisions
  • Edits (fact check, spelling, grammar, punctuation, concise, run software)
  • Final draft
  • Final edits, polish, style document, completely tight and cleaned
  • Perfected annotated bibliography in MLA format

Takes more than a month to write one professionally.