Medieval Feast Project It is Christmas time! Wassailing, singing, and frivolity are quite in order! On Friday, Dec. 21st we will have a Medieval Feast of our own! Bringing appropriate festive foods and drinks, as well as dressing your part will count as part of your project grade as we celebrate HIS Advent together! Test Grade Dress up as a British citizen of the Middle Ages! You can choose to be inspired by one of the characters we have met in The Canterbury Tales or select another costume that is fitting for the historical time period. Be prepared to explain either choice. 50 points Homework Grade A Toast, Tale, or Boast to regale our guests on this day of celebration! Requirements for these 3 options are described below. 50 points Research what foods were eaten in the Middle Ages in England. How would they have served them? Bring something to share with the class (two items or two servings of the same item). Sign up during your class period. 20 points Toast The ritual of the toast can serve many purposes: as an act of remembering, as a look toward the future, as an exclamation of hope or as a means of courting divine favor before you take that first sip. While the original tradition of a toast originated with the Greeks and Romans, Bath is the famed place where the word “toast” originated during the reign of Charles II. For this choice, you should raise a glass to one of your classmates and recite an original ode in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet. An ode is a poem that declares praise and celebration. Praise them for an accomplishment or an impressive feat they have done. (Example: Making Director’s List 1st Quarter). You can also identify something they may consider ordinary and use high praise to recognize them for its completion. (Example: Driving to school without an accident). Your ode must: Be written in the structure of a Shakespearean sonnet Be written in iambic pentameter Follow the rhyme scheme of a Shakespearian sonnet: abab–cdcd–efef–gg Be written in elevated language Include two similes or metaphors. Include at least one example of personification You should plan to share your ode as a toast to a classmate during our feast and also submit a typed version on the 21st. See any of Shakespeare’s sonnets for examples of structure. Tale The pilgrims were challenged to a story-telling contest on their way to Canterbury. While the styles of stories varied from romances, to allegory, to lewd comedy, each pilgrim told an individual tale that somewhat captured their character. Your task is to write a story to share with the class. Be sure to not just read from a page but give a lively performance. Additionally, keep your story’s setting to the middle ages. Slips into modern slang or references to contemporary life will cost you! Your story shouldn’t be shorter than 2 double-spaced pages and you should submit a typed copy on the 21st. Review the tales in The Canterbury Tales for inspiration or ideas. Boast This is a nod to the Anglo-Saxon era when Beowulf regaled his thanes with stories of his impressive battles in the mead-hall. Write a formal boast about yourself in the style of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Remember that the boast of an Anglo-Saxon warrior was not considered an instance of conceit but was instead a method of inspiring heroic deeds. Your boast must Should sound similar to Beowulf’s boast Be a minimum of 20 lines long Begin with a statement of who you are. Explain what you intend to do or what you have done. Explain why you are qualified. Explain your previous accomplishments. Explain how you intend to accomplish your deed. Include two original kennings of at least three words each. Include at least two lines of heavy alliteration. Include caesura in at least four lines. Boasts may be serious, satirical, ironic, and/or humorous. You may use “artistic license” to add interest to your boasts. Review Beowulf’s Boast on pg. 46 lines 173-198 to help you.