Multimodal Complements
Cross-Cultural Collaboration-Spring 2008: A Conversation about Emily Dickinson

Because blogger does not allow you to upload audio and video to the Comments section, you have several options for sharing your alternate representations.

  • If you create your own media (a photograph, sculpture, or video, for example), prepare a digital version. You can photograph a drawing or painting or sculpture with a digital camera.
  • If you have your own Website where you can post your own media, do so. Or create your own free blogsite at or elsewhere. Then you can include your images and video as Posts at the top level. You can then give us a complete Web address as a link to your Website or blog.
  • If the media you have chosen can be located elsewhere on the Web, provide us with the complete Web address as an active link so we can visit that site. If the link is deep within a Website, you might have to give directions for clicking to it. If you are using media other than your own composition, give appropriate credit to the source.Here's an example:

    I’ve always admired the painting by Salvador Dali: The Persistence of Memory I think it is representative of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by the melting away of time. The entire poem reflects on time in some form. The word is seen 11 times in lines 23-48. Also, in the song "Time" by Hootie and the Blowfish [listen here]the question is asked: “Time, why you punish me? Like a wave bashing into the shore, you wash away my dreams.” The song personifies time and its overwhelming presence. Time, in a sense, controls everything and we must learn to make the best of what little we have. Prufrock does not understand this—he is unable to take a stand and do something about his situation.... Eliot states: “time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions…” because Prufrock is so indecisive and self-conscious his time is being wasted away and the end result is unhappiness and the loss of his love. (Molly, Clemson, 2006)

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