(1) Choose one poem from the handout “The Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement.”
(a) Make notes on the poem in your notebook.
(b) Make notes and write one paragraph about structure and meaning. Be ready to discuss your ideas in class next time.
Download the handout “The Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement” (PDF 99 KB)
(2) Prepare a complete draft of your essay, including a title, an introduction paragraph, 2 or more body paragraphs discussing structure and meaning, a concluding paragraph and a list of sources (Works Cited– MLA Style).
Click on “HELP” in the menu bar above to get advice about writing your essay. You can also download a model essay.
(1) Do one of the three tasks on the handout “Beat Poetry and Counterculture Music.”
Follow the instructions for the task you have chosen.
Download the handout “Beat Poetry and Counterculture Music” (PDF 136 KB).
(2) Also, be ready to talk about a poem that you might write about for the final essay.
Choose a poem the handout “Postwar and Confessional Poetry.”
Make notes on the poem you have chosen OR make notes and write a paragraph explaining the structure and meaning. (By the end of the semester, you are required to write one paragraph only in your notebook.)
Download “Postwar and Confessional Poetry” (PDF 74 KB)
(1) Read the poem you were assigned from the handout “Poems about War” and make notes OR make notes and complete a paragraph about structure and meaning.
Prepare to discuss the poem in class.
Download the handout “Poems about War” (PDF 65 KB)
(2) Review the information about the Class Notebook.
Download the handout “Notebook Writing Assignments: Schedule of Assignments” (Word 49 KB)
(3) Think about a possible poem for the final essay assignment.
Download the handout “Term Essay: Analysis of a Poem” (Word 29 KB).
NOTE: This handout has been revised with the correct dates for the draft and final version.
(1) Based on our discussion today and on your notes, write a draft paragraph focusing on the meaning or message of Hart Crane’s poem “Forgetfulness.”
Download the handout for the Mid-Term Test (PDF, 81 KB).
Listen to “Forgetfulness” and learn more about Hart Crane.
(2) Notebooks will be collected in class for evaluation next time.
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)
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.
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.
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?
Who is the speaker of the poem? Why does the speaker sympathize with the bird? Explain with examples from the poem.
Listen to “Young” by Anne Sexton
Learn more about Anne Sexton (1928-1974):
Sexton’s life and career (Poetry Foundation)
Brief biography of Sexton (Modern American Poetry HP)
Anne Sexton’s scrapbook, created at the age of 16 (Poetry Foundation)
Listen to “Epilogue” by Robert Lowell
Download Poems by Bishop, Lowell, Sexton and Plath (PDF file 90 KB)
Learn more about Robert Lowell (1917-1977):
Lowell’s life and work (Poetry Foundation)