Tutor profile: Abigail P.
Write a poem.
Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne The arriving god sweeps into the scene followed by the riotous, romping thiasus. Ariadne reaches after her deserting Theseus, her body posed to flee, yet her eyes are riveted on the striking god. Bacchus jumps from his chariot, cloak fluttering in his flight, ready to dispel her fright. Their movements mirror each other in a startled dance. A tambourine tantalizingly whispers an erotic beat. The thiasus chant slow and thick like animals in heat. The weighty smell of blood smears the air, while wine and sweat sweeten and salt the potent aroma. Theseus’s ship shies away, nearly forgotten on the horizon. Ariadne’s agency collides against her destiny, the battle rages on her face, in her eyes. But fate is celestially inscribed in the promise of a glittering crown of stars far above her head.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can libraries work to create services that are both relevant and valuable?
In her chapter from Information Services Today: An Introduction, Cheryl Stenström states, “’Value’ is a complex concept and can be measured in many different ways, including user satisfaction” (pp. 273). Libraries and other information organizations must work tirelessly to assess the services they provide so as to remain relevant in today’s world. Library employees must make bold efforts to market their services in order to garner enough user interest to justify the use of funds in providing such services. One library that I’ve admired greatly in their efforts to provide an excellent and unique service is the Provo City Library at Academy Square. The Provo City Library offers a service they call the “Author Link Series.” This series brings “exciting, well-known and well-beloved authors to Utah Valley” (Provo City Library’s Author Link Series). I’ve been able to attend many of the events that the Provo City Library has hosted as part of this series and have had a wonderful time at each event. The library often highlights the upcoming events on their homepage, creates posters and fliers that patrons of the library can see and take, and even offers to send occasional emails detailing the upcoming events to those interested in subscribing. These marketing efforts help bring patrons from all over Utah Valley to the Provo City Library in order to meet these authors, many of which are local authors like Brandon Sanderson, Shannon Hale, Jennifer A. Nielsen, and Sarah M. Eden. This service has brought many patrons to the library and encouraged them to continue visiting. From the standpoint of user satisfaction, it’s obvious that this series has definitely lent a lot of value to the Provo City Library as a whole. References Provo City Library at Academy Square. (n.d.). Provo City Library’s Author Link Series. Retrieved from http://www.provolibrary.com/authorlink Stenström, C. (2015). Demonstrating value. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), Information Services Today: An introduction (pp. 271-277). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the screen over and over again. How do directors of such films grapple with both paying homage to the Bard and creating something new?
Any director that has set about making a filmic adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays must feel a sense of responsibility, courage, and—to borrow an emotion from Harold Bloom’s theory—anxiety while producing such an adaptation. Yet in his The Anxiety of Influence Bloom proposes that it is in this anxious state that strong poets grapple with the poets of the past, make a new creative space for themselves, and then produce strong poetry to add to the canon of poets and poetry (poetry connoting all types of creative work in this case). In much the same way, any film director tackling the daunting task of making a Shakespearian play into a movie has to grapple with the playwright himself, create an imaginative space in which to work, and then produce something lastingly original and beautiful to add to the artistic canon. In his 1993 filmic adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh creates such a space and produces a spectacular performance of this classic comedy by Shakespeare. In the first nine and half minutes of the film, Branagh grapples with Shakespeare as poet, opens up a creative space, and then begins to unfold the play with a creative stamp of his own simply by transposing a thematic song to the very beginning, changing the speech attribution of this song, and then presenting four whole minutes that focus entirely on the bodies of the actors. Yet despite this effort in creating such a space next to this famous precursor poet, Branagh also makes some very beautiful moves in order to more fully comment on Shakespeare’s work and pay homage to the Bard’s genius and creativity. Branagh creates a pattern, then, of balancing the making of creative space and the acknowledging of and delighting in the work of past poets in a move that any artist would be wise to follow as they craft their own space next to the great poets of the past.
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