We have been reading some lengthy, complicated and/or weird titles lately, so I am pleased to announce that our newest reading assignment is short! The next selection on the Daria reading list is In Memoriam, a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It is referenced in the episode The Misery Chick, where Lawndale High sports hero Tommy Sherman returns for an award only to be killed by his own beloved football goal post. The student body, mourning his loss, turns to Daria for advice, considering she likes to think about death, or so they think. At the end of the episode, Mr. O’Neil has the students studying Tennyson’s In Memoriam, which is fitting, considering it was written as an obituary.
So, this may not be the happiest of poems (or Daria episodes, for that matter), but I am guessing there are considerably less drug-induced visions than in out last reading!
Since this is such a short assignment, we will be wrapping up and posting our discussion next week.