Homework

Homework for July 6th

Do one of the tasks from the poems “Beat Poetry and Counterculture Music” TASK 1: Watch a clip from the movie Howl (dir. Rob Epsetin & Jeffery Friedman, 2010). James Franco as Allen Ginsberg reads from Howl, Part II “Moloch”) <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nonab6djMAA> Make notes and prepare to answer the questions: What is “Moloch”? What is Ginsberg…

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Homework for Week 8, June 1st

Follow the instructions on the handout “Modernism: Poems by Eliot, Pound and Stevens.” Write one or two paragraphs about the structure and meaning of the poem you were assigned. Include one of the comments from the handout about your poem as part of your discussion of meaning. Download the handout “Modernism: Poems by Eliot, Pound…

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Homework for Week 4, April 27th

I. Prepare for the test next week. If you have time, try to review ALL poems on the handout “Robinson, Dunbar and Dunbar Nelson.” You will have time in class next week to work in groups and receive information about other poems. Try the flashcards and practice quizzes. Click on Quick Quiz on the right…

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Homework for Week 3, April 20th

Choose one poem from the handout “Robinson, Dunbar and Dunbar Nelson.” Write one or two paragraphs about (1) the structure and (2) meaning of the poem. Give evidence from the poem (words and phrases) to support your opinion. See the handout “Reading Poetry 1” — “IV. Talking and Writing about Poetry: Example Sentences” for some…

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Homework for Week 2, April 13th

Read the poem you were assigned. Write one or two paragraphs about (1) the structure and (2) meaning of the poem. Give evidence from the poem (words and phrases) to support your opinion. See the handout “Reading Poetry 1” — “IV. Talking and Writing about Poetry: Example Sentences” for some useful sentences for writing about…

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Sonnet

Listen to “Sonnet” (1922) by Alice Dunbar Nelson.   Learn more about Edwin Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935): Poet, essayist, diarist, and activist Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to mixed-race parents. Her African American, Anglo, Native American, and Creole heritage contributed to her complex understandings of gender, race, and ethnicity, subjects she often…

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The Mill

Listen to “The Mill” (1920) 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 Robinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his…

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Forgetfulness

Listen to “Forgetfulness” by Hart Crane

Learn more about Hart Crane (1899-1932): His 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)  

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A London Thoroughfare, 2 A.M.

Published in Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds (New York, 1919). Listen to “A London Thoroughfare, 2 A.M.” by Amy Lowell:

Learn more about Amy Lowell (1874-1925) Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP) A web-site devoted to exploring influences on Amy Lowell’s imagist poetry

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The Fisherman’s Wife

Published in Pictures of the Floating World (New York, 1919). Listen to Amy Lowell’s poem “The Fisherman’s Wife”:

Learn more about Amy Lowell (1874-1925) Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP) A web-site devoted to exploring influences on Amy Lowell’s imagist poetry  

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Oread

Published in The New Poetry: An Anthology (1917). Listen to “Oread” by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) Learn more about H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961) Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

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Heat

Published in The Second Book of Modern Verse (1919). Listen to “Heat” by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle):

Learn more about H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961) Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

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The Great Figure

Published in Sour Grapes (1921). Listen to William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Great Figure”:

Learn more about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) His life with commentary on his poems (Modern Ameircan Poetry HP) Sound recordings of Williams readings his poems, recorded 1942-1962

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The Red Wheelbarrow

Published in Spring and All (Paris, 1923). Listen to William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Red Wheelbarrow”:

Learn more about William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) His life with commentary on his poems (Modern Ameircan Poetry HP) Sound recordings of Williams readings his poems, recorded 1942-1962

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In a Station of the Metro

First published in Poetry (April, 1913). Listen to Ezra Pound’s poem “In a Station of the Metro”:

Learn more about Ezra Pound (1885-1972) His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP) Petals on a Wet Black Bough: American Modernist Writers and the Orient (Yale Univ.)

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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 Robinson is considered unique among American poets of his time for his…

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Sympathy

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

Learn more about Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906): Paul Laurence Dunbar was one the first influential black poets in American literature. He enjoyed his greatest popularity in the early twentieth century following the publication of dialectic verse in collections such as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of…

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We Wear the Mask

Listen to “We Wear the Mask” (1896) by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Learn more about Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906): Paul Laurence Dunbar was one the first influential black poets in American literature. He enjoyed his greatest popularity in the early twentieth century following the publication of dialectic verse in collections such as Majors and Minors…

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