Sylvia Plath: Sleep in the Mojave Desert

Sleep in the Mojave Desert 

Out here there are no hearthstones,

Hot grains, simply. It is dry, dry.

And the air dangerous. Noonday acts queerly

On the mind’s eye erecting a line

Of poplars in the middle distance, the only

Object beside the mad, straight road

One can remember men and houses by.

A cool wind should inhabit these leaves

And a dew collect on them, dearer than money,

In the blue hour before sunup.

Yet they recede, untouchable as tomorrow,

Or those glittery fictions of spilt water

That glide ahead of the very thirsty.

 

 

I think of the lizards airing their tongues

In the crevice of an extremely small shadow

And the toad guarding his heart’s droplet.

The desert is white as a blind man’s eye,

Comfortless as salt. Snake and bird

Doze behind the old maskss of fury.

We swelter like firedogs in the wind.

The sun puts its cinder out. Where we lie

The heat-cracked crickets congregate

In their black armorplate and cry.

The day-moon lights up like a sorry mother,

And the crickets come creeping into our hair

To fiddle the short night away.

Dissertation Text Ideas and Deadlines

Hi folks,

Below is a huge list of possible texts to consider for your dissertations – it’s also helpfully been divided by theme. This is not a restrictive list – don’t feel you HAVE to choose something from it, but it will give you an idea of the calibre of texts you should be selecting.

SUGGESTIONS FOR DISSERTATIONS TEXTS

Reminder of your deadlines, too:

  • Dissertation Proposals due in Wednesday 16th August 2017.
  • First draft of dissertations due in Thursday 5th October 2017.
  • Final draft of dissertations due Monday 8th January 2018.

Dissertations

Hello folks,

Hope the holiday is going well, and that you’re getting a chance to relax amid all the work you’re obviously doing.

Still waiting on dissertations coming through from a number of people – you know who you are. I am more than happy to give advice and assistance, provided you give me time to do it. If you send it to me on Sunday expecting feedback by Monday morning, you will be disappointed.

On Monday, we will be completing our fly-leafs (fly-leaves? Who knows.) for the dissertations. I need EVERYONE to bring in the following:

  • A digital copy of their dissertation, with a COVER and FULL LIST OF REFERENCES¬†– see examples below.
  • A printed copy of the above, which you have checked over so very, very carefully.
  • Cakes, to celebrate (optional).

Example Bibliography

Example cover

Dissertation Examples and Guides

Here’s the example dissertation we have discussed in class, which you all have a paper copy of – obviously the content is great (30 out of 30), but also note how the quotations and footnotes appear.

AI Dissertation for copying

Here’s the dissertation guide that you all also have a copy of too, to answer any last minute queries.

Advanced Higher English Dissertation Guide

Reminder that, unless I have spoken to you about this, the deadline for your FINAL draft is Friday 31st March. If you’re concerned you won’t meet this deadline, then speak to me BEFORE Friday.