Isaac is "enjoying" his first high school English class this year. He's actually in the honors section. I made sure he'd be in that section because the teacher is so excellent. She's quirky, intense, and demands the best effort from her students. In return she gives her students an excellent foundation. Both Diana and Calypso had the same teacher for the same class and it served them well although at the time they thought the experience was a thing to be endured. Over the course of this school year it's been amusing to hear the three kids comparing notes about their experiences in this class.
D: Whaddya think of the lit circles?
I: I noticed if I can connect something in the passage to death she loves it.
C: Yeah, always go for death. It makes her very happy. She's totally fixated on death.
D: You reading Poe yet?
I: Yeah, Fall of the House of Usher was pretty cool. Right now though we are beating The Bells to death.
M: That poem has my favorite word in it. Tintinabulation.
D, C, & I: (blank stares from all three) Mom, you are so weird.
Me: What? It's a fun word.
I: Yeah it is kind of a fun word. I think I'd enjoy Poe more if we didn't pour over a single story for 2 weeks at a time though. Just draws it out and makes it boring. But there is NOTHING that's going to make me like the Puritan writers. Reading them just makes me want to stab myself in the neck.
Well, maybe if he merely dramatized the effect the Puritans have on him the teacher might be impressed with the suggestion of death.