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Homework for Week 4

I. Read the poem you were assigned. Listen to the poems on the homepage and view the links if you have time. Download the handout “Imagism and Free Verse” (PDF 49 KB).

Listen to “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound

Listen to “The Red Wheel Barrow” by William Carlos Williams

Listen to “The Great Figure” by Williams Carlos Williams

Listen to “Heat” by H.D.

Listen to “Oread” by H.D.

Listen to “The Fisherman’s Wife” by Amy Lowell

Listen to “A London Thoroughfare, 2 A.M.” by Amy Lowell

2. Write one or two paragraphs about the poem. Discuss structure and meaning.

3. Begin preparation for the Mid-Term test–if you wish. (Download: PDF, 81 KB)

Homework for Week 3

I. Choose another poem by Dunbar or Robinson.

2. Write one or two paragraphs about structure and meaning.

3. Include sound and meter in your discussion of structure. Use the “Phonetic Transcription” widget on the Homepage (below) to help your analysis of sound and stress.

4. Prepare for the Test on Key Terms (metaphor, simile, line, stanza, etc.). The test will include the following sections:

(1) Identification of key terms 
(line, stanza, alliteration, etc.)

(2) Identification of figures of speech 
(metaphor, simile, etc.)

(3) Identification of (full or perfect) rhyme, half-rhyme and double rhyme

Use the flashcards and the in-class worksheet for your review. Test hints will be sent out by Twitter.

Homework for Week 2 (April 13th)

Read the poem you were assigned. Go to the homepage and listen to the poem.

Write one or two paragraphs in your notebook.

(1) Describe the poem’s structure.

(2) Discuss the poem’s meaning or message.

Use the handouts to help you.

Focus Questions:

1. “Miniver Cheevy“:
Who is Miniver Cheevy and what is his problem? Give examples to explain his problem. Check an online encyclopedia to understand  the following the following allusions:  Thebes, Camelot (l. 11), the Medici (l. 17). Choose one and explain.

2. “Richard Cory“:
Who is the speaker of the poem? What kind of person is Richard Cory? Give examples from the poem. Why did Richard Cory kill himself?

3. “We Wear the Mask“:
Who is the speaker of the poem? What problem does the speaker describe? Why does the speaker use “we” throughout the poem?

4. “Sympathy“:
Who is the speaker of the poem? Why does the speaker sympathize with the bird? Explain with examples from the poem.

Forgetfulness

Listen to “Forgetfulness” by Hart Crane

Learn more about Hart Crane (1899-1932):

Hart-CraneHis life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Discussion of his poem The Bridge (1930)

More on his life and work (Poetry Foundation. org)

 

Quick Quiz 2

Not sure about the meaning of alliteration, half-rhyme, personification, or assonance? Try quiz 2.

Choose the lines that include an example of alliteration.





Choose the lines which contain a half-rhyme.





Choose the lines that contain an example of personification.





Read the sentences below and decide which one includes an example of metonymy.





Look for the passage that contains the most examples of assonance.







Richard Cory

Listen to “Richard Cory” (1897) by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Learn more about Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935):

“Edwin Arlington Robinson is poetry. I can think of no other living writer who has so consistently dedicated his life to his work.” – Amy Lowell

EdwinArlingtonRobinson_NewBioImageRobinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his devotion to his art; he published virtually nothing during his long career except poetry. “The expense of Robinson’s single-mindedness,” Gilbert explained, “was virtually everything else in life for which people strive, but it eventually won for him both fortune and fame, as well as a firm position in literary history as America’s first important poet of the twentieth century.” Read more from The Poetry Foundation’s biography of Robinson.

A brief biography of Robinson (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Robinson and his home in Gardiner, Maine

 

Miniver Cheevy

Listen to “Miniver Cheevy” (1907) by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Learn more about Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935):

“Edwin Arlington Robinson is poetry. I can think of no other living writer who has so consistently dedicated his life to his work.” – Amy Lowell

EdwinArlingtonRobinson_NewBioImageRobinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his devotion to his art; he published virtually nothing during his long career except poetry. “The expense of Robinson’s single-mindedness,” Gilbert explained, “was virtually everything else in life for which people strive, but it eventually won for him both fortune and fame, as well as a firm position in literary history as America’s first important poet of the twentieth century.” Read more from The Poetry Foundation’s biography of Robinson.

A brief biography of Robinson (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Robinson and his home in Gardiner, Maine

Sympathy

Listen to “Sympathy” (1899) by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Learn more about Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906):

A brief biography of Dunbar (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Photo Gallery of Dunbar (Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection)

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