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Poetry Videos and WiDs

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Create a haiku and a acrostic poem about you. Due at end of class.
Murray Lachlan Young
First poet to get 1 million-pound recording deal from EMI in 1996.

Lives in Cornwall, England.

Performs at popular music festivals such as Glastonbury and V Festival.

Poems often rhyme, have meter, and are humorous.
Sylvia Plath
Born in 1932 in Boston to Austrian mother and German father.

Father died when Plath was 8.

Attempted suicide at 21 - went to stay at mental facility for depression.

Married poet Ted Hughes - Hughes left her in 1962 after 7 years of marriage.

Committed suicide in an oven in 1963
Taylor Mali
Born in NYC

Published 2 books and recorded 4 CDs

Spent 9 years as a teacher in NYC

4X National Poetry Slam Team Champion
Walter de la Mare
Born in Kent, England in 1873 - Died in 1956.

Acclaimed children's poet.

Also written psychological horror stories - some of
his subject matter is quite dark.
1. WiD: Assume the identity of an individual living in the time of World War II/Jewish Holocaust and compose a journal entry chronicling your experience from a first person point of view. Choose one of the following perspectives:
*Life in the concentration camps
*A German guard in a concentration camp
*American liberator seeing a camp for the first time
Murray Lachlan Young beseeches Keith Richards to NOT die in a certain way in his poem.
Describe the manner in which you would like to die.
Both Plath and Lachlan Young write about the death of someone else. Compare and contrast each poet's feelings towards the dead person. Support your answer with evidence from the text.
Contemplate your own mortality. Would you be OK with a mushroom eating your body? Would you wear the mushroom death suit? How would you prefer to be buried/entombed when you pass?
an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there
"Don't try." - Charles Bukowski
"I told you so, you damned fools!" - H.G. Wells
"The best is yet to come." - Frank Sinatra
"That's all, folks!" - Mel Blanc
Compose an epitaph for a famous dead person in the style of "Slim Cunning Hands."
Only 4 lines

Follow 10-10-10-7 meter

AABB rhyme scheme
Shane Koyczan
-Born in Yellowknife, Canada in 1976
-Part of poetry trio Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.)
-Published "Visiting Hours" which was selected by
the Guardian as Book of the Year in 2005
-Often collaborates with musicians
If he were alive, Shane Koyczan would probably want to meet Beethoven. If you could meet any dead historical figure, who would it be and why?
Adam Ostrow foresees social media influencing how we view death. Would you create a final message via social media? What do you think it will be? (2) Would you want to be able to view/interact with the hologram dead loved created from their social media content in your living room?
Born 1966 - became US Poet Laureate in June 2012.

2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry.

Mother was murdered by her second huband when Trethewey was 19
William Blake
Life of a Chimney Sweep
Born 1757 - died 1827
Not only a poet, but world-renowned painter.
Claimed to have seen "visions" from an early age. They inspired his paintings.

Claimed to converse daily with his dead brother.
Believed strongly social equality and the Bible, but not in organized religion
Found Poem
To write a found poem, choose a chapter, or a few pages, from your independent reading book.

Be sure to choose a powerful or interesting section.

Then, select words, lines, and phrases that you think project strong images and show the impact this passage makes.

Arrange this material into a poem.

Write a rough draft, then a neat final draft.

Give your poem a title, and turn it in.
Young boys (5-10) bought from the poor.

Needed children - flues only 7 inches wide!

Cleaned tar and soot - both of which are toxic.

All earnings went to master

Often slept on bags of soot they collected
Edward Gorey
Born in Chicago in 1925. Died in 2000.
Noted for his playfully macabre illustrated books, though he never married or had children.
Classified his own work as "literary nonsense" (the genre made famous by Lewis Carroll)
Was fond of word games, and often published his work under pseudonyms that were anagrams (Ogdred Weary, Mrs. Regera Dowdy, Dogear Wryde)
Your Turn
With your partner, create a new version of your two letter couplets on the topic of morbid death.
-Must be in pentameter
-Must rhyme
-Must have an image
Andrew Marvell
Lived 1621-1678 in England.
Sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1678.
Died suddenly in 1678 while attending a meeting. Some believed he was poisoned by political enemies.
Also wrote prose satires, which were better known during his lifetime than his poetry.
'Carpe diem' translates to 'seize the day.' Is this philosophy genius or irresponsible?
What's ironic about their song? Explain the concept L.I. satirizes.
Langston Hughes
Lived 1902 - 1967
Lived in Mexico, Cuba, France, and England as a young man, in an attempt to escape racial prejudice in the U.S.
Settled in Harlem (a borough of New York City) in 1929
Major part of the Harlem Renaissance
1. Pentameter (5 feet)
2. 19 lines
6 stanzas (5 with 3 lines, 1 with 4 lines)
3. Rhyme scheme:
A1 B A2, A B A1, A B A2, A B A1, A B A2, A B A1 A2
A1 = Refrain 1
A2 = Refrain 2
Using evidence from each poem, answer the following questions about "Knock Knock" and "Scratch and Dent Dreams":
Write about a dream you once had that you've given up upon. What made you give up? How do you feel about that dream now?
Daniel Beaty
Born December 1975
Works as an actor, singer,
poet, and professor
Has starred in solo off-Broadway plays, which often sell out
Has written a children's book based on "Knock Knock"
Countee Cullen
Lived from 1903 to 1946
Was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
Bachelors degree from NYU, and Masters from Harvard
Died of kidney failure at age 43
Poet Biographies
Poetry Writing Prompts
Week 1: Misc. Poems, Poetry Terms
Week 2: Carpe Diem Poems
Week 3: Death Poems
Week 4: Structured Poems
3 Quizzes (Terms + Poetry Analysis)
Several Writing Exercises
Unit Test
+Rapper, poet, performer from San Francisco.
+Winner, "Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam 2006.
+Style varies between silly and serious, technically complex and simple.

1. Which line from "CHB" resonates most with you? What allusions does Alexie use?
3. There is the same numerical pattern, or code, running through each of the 6 sections of this poem. I have no idea what Alexie means by it, but I know it's there. FIND IT.
2. Alexie asks "What does _____ say about me?" 4 times (p. 6 twice, p.7, and p. 8). Answer each one of these. What DOES _____ say about Alexie?
Who are the 6 greatest human beings who have ever lived?

Been performing poetry on a national level since 14.
Attended Brown University
Like George Watsky, debuted on Def Poetry Jam on HBO in 2007
- 19 lines
- 5 stanzas
- 3 lines in each stanza (except the 5th which has 4 lines)
- First line repeats as the last line in the 2nd &4th stanza
- Third line repeats as the last line in 3rd and 5th stanza
-Two refrain lines follow each other as the last two lines of the poem
- Rhyme scheme
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night"
Image by Tom Mooring
What is a pantoum?
Structured Poems
Originated from Italian harvest fields.
French adopted in the sixteenth century.
Became popular in 1870s due to England's admiration with French poetry.

"Mad Girl's Love Song"
Sylvia Plath
Confessional poet
Born in 1932 in Boston to Austrian mother and German father.
Father died when Plath was 8.
Attempted suicide at 21 - went to stay at mental facility for depression.
Married poet Ted Hughes - Hughes left her in 1962.
Committed suicide in an oven in 1963
Dylan Thomas
Born in 1914 in Wales
From age 16-20, Thomas wrote over 200 poems.
Thomas worked in playwright and for local radio stations
Died in 1953 from pneumonia and drinking
Try one on your own!
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Thomas sees life as a day – death is the closing of that day, and the dying of the light is the sunset and coming night. As the day fads, so does life.
Wise men: They know death is coming and accept it. Thomas says that even though men
accept that they are mortal and should die
(“dark is right”), he still encourages a rebellion
against it because their words don't have power.
This stanza is about how “good” men see death.
They see the things they did in life and reflect whether it was worth it. He says to fight against death because there are more good things to do.

In this stanza, he is talking about the wild men who lived their life to the fullest. They learned to late about death. Thomas wants them to fight because they need to learn the errors of their ways.

Do Not go gentle into that good night

Here he talks about men who are close to death and how they fight against the "dying of the light". He suggests they have more fun.

Notice the oxymorons here: “blinding sight” and “blind eyes.”
There is also a simile comparing eyes that “blaze like meteors.”
Do Not go gentle into that good night
From the general men discussed in the previous stanzas, Thomas turns to his father in this stanza, pleading with him to fight against death, pleading with him to still be “fierce.”
What does he mean when he says "sad height"?

Stanza 1
Stanza 2
Stanza 3
Stanza 4
Stanza 5
Stanza 6
A. Compare and contrast the message about the idea of 'dreams' each poet puts forth.
B. Choose ONE of the poems. Analyze the effect of three specific language techniques. Include quotations of the techniques.
Mad Girl's Love Song
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)"

Make Believe?
You Decide!
What do you think Plath is writing about?
Petrarchan vs Shakespeare
14 lines
iambic pentameter
octave (8) followed by a sestet (6)
raises a question and solves it
3 quatrains (4) followed by a couplet (2)
usually describes images
Petrarchan (Italian)
Shakespeare (Elizabethan)
Shelley Sonnet
a mixture of both Shakespeare and Patrarchan
14 lines & pentameter like both
Octave and a sestet (P)
Rhyme scheme begins as Shakespearean for the first 4 lines ABABACDC ECEFEF
What I Will Assess:
A) Comprehension of each poem. Ability to compare/contrast what each poet says. Support with lines from poems. 10 pts. (5 per poem)
B) Reference specific effects we discussed. Effects you mention are relevant and make sense. Language features are correctly identified. Quotes used as support. 12 pts (4 per technique analyzed)
Named after Ramesses II
3rd Egyptian pharaoh
A great king
Reigned for 60 years, died around the age of 90.
Was a great ruler but arrogant
Made enemies grovel at his feet
Even though he was arrogant, he could not overcome death
Acrostic Poem
A poem in which the first letter of each line spells a word related to the poem when read vertically.
Haiku Poem
A three line poem that follows a 5-7-5 syllable pattern
39 lines
6 stanzas with 6 lines in each
Last stanza has 3 lines
No rhyme scheme
Stanzas end with the same 6 end words but words are rearranged (lexical repetition)
Stanza 2 line 1 end word matches stanza 1 line 6, stanza 2 line 2 matches stanza 1 line 1, stanza 2 line 3 matches stanza 1 line 5 ect.
Stanza 1: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Stanza 2: 6 1 5 2 4 3
Stanza 3: 3 6 4 1 2 5
Stanza 4: 5 3 2 6 1 4
Stanza 5: 4 5 1 3 6 2
Stanza 6: 2 4 6 5 2 1
Arnaut Daniel invented the form in the 12th century.
Difficult and complex type of poetry
Sestina of the Tramp-Royal
Rudyard Kipling
Born in 1865 in India
Educated in England, but returned to India

Wrote The Jungle Book
Became the highest paid writer in the world
Received the Nobel Prize for Literature
Died in 1936
Each stanza is 4 lines
Second and fourth lines of first quatrain are repeated in second quatrain as the first and third lines
Rhyme scheme of each quatrain
Alternating Rhyming Couplets!
In the final quatrain the first and third lines are reversed as second and fourth
A kiss, the kiss that will be remembered
It’s a mighty kiss, romantic and true
Umbrella we held was quickly rendered
Then the rain landed right on me and you

It’s a mighty kiss, romantic and true
Harmonious moment in time expressed
Then the rain landed right on me and you
We held each other tight as we confessed

Harmonious moment in time expressed
Our kiss flows with the rain beyond our hands
We held each other tight as we confessed
Umbrella bumps our legs as we command

Our kiss flows with the rain beyond our hands
It’s surmised our hearts will always be one
Umbrella bumps our legs as we command
Leaves us standing in the rain like the sun

It’s surmised our hearts will always be one
Umbrella we held was quickly redered
Leaves us standing in the rain like the sun
A kiss, the kiss that will be remembered





A Kiss in the Rain
By: Russell Sivey
Originate in Malaysia in the 15th Century.
Made popular by the French and British in the 19th century
Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire are credited for introducing pantoum to the European writers
Donald Justice
Born 1925 in Florida
Went to University of Miami, Univeristy of North Carolina, and University of Iowa
Became an English teacher and writer
Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980
Died in 2004
a. Marvell says that he wouldn’t mind his lady’s coyness if…..
b. To what food does Marvell compare his love?
c. For how long would Marvell stare at his lady
Stanza 1
a. What does Marvell worry about in the first two lines?
b. Find an example of personification and metaphor + explain their effect
c. Name 3 things Marvell says happen when a person dies.
Stanza 2
a. Write down two similes + mention their effect
b. Define “amorous.”
c. In one sentence, summarize Marvell’s overall message
Stanza 3
Relate lyrics of "Certain Tragedy" to aspects of the concept of carpe diem.
+ A contemporary of Andrew Marvell (lived 1591-1674 in England)


+ Also like Marvell, much of his work went unappreciated during his lifetime
Saves the Day's "Certain Tragedy" touches upon several themes of the carpe diem poets. Chris Conley sings that he'll "probably hang upside-down from wooden rafters in my home," referencing the idea that death could be waiting around any corner. Conley goes on to mention that "we're only treading ground that we already know." He means that standard, everyday life can become boring and monotonous, something that the carpe diem poets warn against. Finally, Conley says, "even the most beautiful of all / roses must someday crumble to dust and fade away / It's a certain tragedy." That's true - everyone's beauty fades over time, as Robert Herrick writes in "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time: "For having lost but once your prime / You may forever tarry." Conley and Herrick make the point that you must strike while the iron is hot, and before your youth fades away.
Sugarland’s song written by Jennifer Nettles, “Something More”, touches upon several themes of the carpe diem poets. Jennifer Nettles sings how life is hard and how she “need[s] a little less hard time/ need[s] a little more bliss”. She states she needs to take more changes and live her life to the fullest which is exactly what Andrew Marvell explains is his poem “To His Coy Mistress”. Jennifer Nettles and Marvell explain how life can be boring and meaningless unless you grab life by the horns and live your life to the fullest. By the end of the song, Nettles explains that she must celebrate life because “Armageddon could be knocking at my door” suggesting death is right around the corner. Again, Marvell states the same thing: “But at my back I always hear/ Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”. Both Nettles and Marvell suggest that to live life you must act upon your impulses and find your ‘something more’.
Relate lyrics of "Something More" to aspects of the concept of carpe diem.
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Born in December 1869 in Maine
American Poet
Brother married the woman he loved
Went to Harvard University
Didn't finish
Self published his first book in 1896
Secured a job at the NY Customs Office
Won the Pulitzer Prize
Died in 1935 due to cancer
Blackout Poetry
created by reducing words in a text with a marker, leaving behind only a few choice words to create a poem.
Dates back over 200 years
1760s, Caleb Whitefoord would read the two column newspaper as one page.
Texas poet, artist, and designer Austin Kleon redesigned blackout poetry
Started by finding poetry in the newspaper
Created it in Cleveland, Ohio
We see many similarities between "Daddy" and Plath's life. After all, she was a part of the confessional poetry movement. Her father WAS German. Her husband DID leave her. She DID attempt suicide.
But we can't take this entirely literally. Plath herself said this poem is STRICTLY confessional. Her father wasn't ACTUALLY a Nazi, just like her husband wasn't really a vampire.
Additionally, this poem allows for ambiguity; we can see the poem in a metaphorical way. "Daddy" could mean MEN in general.
Richard Cory
Your Turn!
Do not read the page. Instead scan for anchor words (words that jump out at you)
Then join those words with "connecting" words
Once you find them, place a block around them so you don’t mark them out
Remember your poem will be read left to right, so try not to confuse future readers.
This is your work of art, don’t worry about mistakes.
You can use letters to create words if you cannot find the word you are looking for.
Once you have found your poem, black out all other words. You can create a design, or just black it out.

Writing Prompt:
What types of structured poems have you heard about and what can you tell me about them?
Example: Sonnet: What is it? What do you know about them?
Mrs. Webster
Ms. Webster is cool
She will never be a fool
What an awesome jewel!

When I consider how my light is spent,
··Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
··And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
··My true account, lest He returning chide;
··“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent

That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”
Petrarchan Sonnet
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Shakespearean Sonnet
- Sonnet 18
- John Milton
Who in your life (famous or family) can be described as an "Ozymandias"? What makes him/her an Ozymandias? Give at least 2 examples.

When I was in high school, N*SYNC was very popular. They believed that they would be famous forever. Unfortunately, like Ozymandias, they could not compete with the up and coming new artists, as well as the solo career of members. At their prime, they sold over one million copies in one day. They ended their career quietly and quickly leaving many to speculate whether they would get back together. Like Ozymandias they thought it would last forever, but like most boy bands, they fizzled and went out of sync.
1. A girl who spent her whole life waiting for a man she gave herself to, but realizes he will not return.
2. Suicide as an escape. She cannot control her life, and so she must die.
3. A girl is insane and makes up all of it only to realize in the end she is crazy.

Don't forget to back up your reasoning.
Fill in the missing letters.
Speakin(1.) in general, I (2.)ave tried (3.)em all—
The (4.)appy roads that take you o(5.)er the world.
Speakin(6.) in general, I (7.)ave found them good
For such as cannot use one bed too long,
But must get (8.)ence, the same as I (9.)ave done,
An(10.) go observin(11.) matters till they die.
1. g 4. h 7. h 10. d
2. h 5. v 8. h 11. g
3. th 6. g 9. h
In Pop Culture
*Abilities: smartest man on earth, photographic memory, world-class athlete, master strategist, superb martial artist.
, Veidt idolized Ramses II, and called himself 'Ozymandias' as a crime-fighter. After 'retiring', he hatches a genius plot to avoid nuclear war. Like Ramses II, he believes his greatness and achievements should last the test of time.
Adrian Veidt
Walter White
Who is Ozymandias?
*Greatest, most powerful in the Egyptian Empire.
*Expanded empire, made Egypt extremely wealthy via his conquests.

*Obsessed with his legacy - early in his career, built cities, temples, and monuments, many for himself.
*For the most part, he succeeded in solidifying his legend, though the Egyptian Empire eventually crumbled.
*The third-to-last episode of
Breaking Bad
is titled "Ozymandias."
Walter has built a powerful meth-dealing empire, yet it's beginning to unravel at the seams, partly due to his fatal flaw: pride. He is concerned about his legacy (the earnings from his crimes, which he wishes to pass on to his family). Events in this episode leave that legacy seriously in jeopardy.
Who in your life can be described as an Ozymandias?
English Teacher
Interesting Facts About the Great Depression
Chicago gangster Al Capone (1899-1947), in one of his sporadic attempts at public relations, opened a soup kitchen during the Great Depression. For millions, soup kitchens provided the only food they would see all day.
On “Black Tuesday,” October 29, 1929, the market lost $14 billion, making the loss for that week an astounding $30 billion. This was ten times more than the annual federal budget and far more than the U.S. had spent in WWI.e Thirty billion dollars would be equivalent to $377,587,032,770.41 today.
After the initial crash, there was a wave of suicides in the New York’s financial district. It is said that the clerks of one hotel even started asking new guests if they needed a room for sleeping or jumping.
A new look in women’s fashion emerged in the 1930s. In response to the economic crisis, designers created more affordable fashions with longer hemlines, slim waistlines, lower heels, and less makeup. Accessories became more important as they created the impression of a “new” look without having to buy a new dress.
The board game Monopoly, which first became available in 1935, became immensely popular perhaps because players could become rich—at least in their imagination.
Look for repeating lines.
What's the rhyming scheme?
How many lines in each stanza?
Looking at the last stanza, any repeating lines?
What does it mean?
1. Answer the questions on the worksheet.
2. There are 7 stanzas in this poem - write a one-sentence summary of the message/takeaway of each one.
Stanza 1: He is talking about how the best way to live is to travel and see the world.

In some ways, "Sestina of the Tramp-Royal" can be linked to the concept of carpe diem. Explain how this is the case, referencing 2 specific lines from the poem.

Speaking in general, I have tried them all—
The happy roads that take you over the world.
Speaking in general, I have found them good
For such as cannot use one bed too long,
But must get hence, the same as I have done,
And go observing matters till they die.
A poem dedicated to someone or something that captures the poet's interest
A short poem honoring a deceased person
Food is so good so yummy so sweet. Cakes, ice cream, gravy and meat. Deviled eggs and Jell-O too, food oh food how I love you.
Pancakes galore, Chocolate chip cookies and more.
Chicken and dumplings, meat-loaf so good, sour gummie worms yah, food is my hood.
Strawberry shortcake peppermints and steak.
Chili and cornbread, Oreo and milk.
Scrambled eggs(w/ Lorys and cheese)
Mom lets me have candy(!!!!)IF I say please.
Cotton candy, Fruitestas from Taco Bell,
Yes, oh yes food i like well.
Shrimp and salmon, corn on the cob, if i couldn't eat i would sob.
And so my point is(and I think you've found out) that I like food so much I will shout,
"An Ode to Food I did just write!"
By Hannah
Nonsense Poem
A whimsical and humorous poem that often features made-up words
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!
a poem in which the typographical arrangement of words is important to the meaning of the poem. Also called a “shape” poem
Concrete Poem
Writing Prompt
Describe a time in your life that you felt like complaining, but instead worked it out yourself. What happened?
Compare/Contrast the Great Depression to the Great Resession.
2 Motifs:
+Ticking Clocks / Ringing Bells
+Flocks of Birds
Peter Weir's film makes much noise about poetry, and there are brief quotations from Tennyson, Herrick, Whitman and even Vachel Lindsay, as well as a brave excursion into prose that takes us as far as Thoreau's Walden. None of these writers are studied, however, in a spirit that would lend respect to their language; they're simply plundered for slogans to exort the students toward more personal freedom. At the end of a great teacher's course in poetry, the students would love poetry; at the end of this teacher's semester, all they really love is the teacher.
The society was founded by Keating when he was an undergraduate, but in its reincarnate form it never generates any sense of mystery, rebellion or daring. The society's meetings have been badly written and are dramatically shapeless, featuring a dance line to Lindsay's "The Congo" and various attempts to impress girls with random lines of poetry. The movie is set in 1959, but none of these would-be bohemians have heard of Kerouac, Ginsberg or indeed of the beatnik movement.
A teenage romance between one of the Welton students and a local girl is given so little screen time, so arbitrarily, that it seems like a distraction.
Roger Ebert
In what ways does each of the boys embrace the concept of carpe diem?
1. Explain the symbolism surrounding the final scene.
2. Was Welton Academy irresponsible in hiring Keating?
3. Who is to blame for Neil Perry's suicide?
4. What signs did you see early on that Cameron would betray the Dead Poets Society?
5. Did the boys
engage in "reckless and indulgent behavior"?

6. Why would the filmmaker include the scenes on the athletic field with Keating?

The Limerick "Rules"
*Five lines
*Lines 1, 2, and 5 have between 7-10 syllables
*Lines 3 and 4 have between 5-7 syllables
*Must be humorous/witty/punny
There once was a young lady named bright
Whose speed was much faster than light
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.

A wonderful bird is the pelican;
His beak can hold more than his belican.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week,
Though I’m damned if I know how the helican!

There was a small boy of Quebec
Who was buried in snow to his neck.
When they asked, "Are you friz?"
He replied, "Yes, I is —
But we don't call this cold in Quebec!"

There was a young goalie named Patrick
Whom players scored on in hat-tricks
He cried every night
‘till the dawning of light
Nobody’s impressed with his antics

The Sonnet
While there are variations on the form, these are the general rules governing sonnets:
1. Fourteen lines
2. Follows set rhyme scheme
+Shakespearean: abab cdcd efef gg
3. Written in pentameter
4. Center on one single thought/theme/idea
5. Usually includes a "turn" in the second half of the poem
+Petrarchan: abba abba cdcdcd
Revisit "Mad Girl's Love Song".
What similarities can you draw between this villanelle and Plath's other work, "Daddy"? Use one line from each poem in your response.
Writing the Villanelle
*Think about something meaningful to you about which you have something to say.
*Feel free to use poetic license
*Choose your two rhymes wisely. Make a list.
*Choose your refrains carefully. In the best villanelles, the meaning changes subtly in each stanza.
Social Media
Intolerance of Satire
Which monuments/landmarks define our country?
If Shelley were alive today, whom would he write "Ozymandias" about?
Found Poetry (n):
Re-purposing existing texts to send a different message or to express alternative emotions
Found poetry forces the writer to step outside his/her typical diction and syntax. The arrangement of the 'found' components requires critical thinking and a flexible state of mind.
Create a found poem using only the worlds of "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Herrick.
A.) Must use one word/phrase from each line on your page.
B.) The words/phrases must appear in sequential order.
C.) Your diction and arrangement must make logical sense, though the meaning may be up for interpretation.
D.) You may alter forms of words.
Sit with a partner.
Historical Background
In 1789, France was a monarchy. Like most monarchies, the royalty treated the poor peasants and workers unfairly. Distribution of wealth was a massive issue, as was hunger and disease. Driven to the breaking point, masses of peasants took up arms and captured "The Bastille," taking control of Paris. A republic was established, and King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine.
So later...
Napoleon spoiled the republic by proclaiming himself emperor. When he died in 1814, the monarchy was reestablished (Louis XVII). Many of the same problems arose again. Marius and his student friends represent the ideas of the original French revolution. Their rebellion (June Rebellion 1832) didn't really work, though, as the public did not join in their cause.
1. What, in your opinion, worked about Les Mis?
2. What, to you, didn't work?
3. What do you see as an overall theme/message/moral of
Les Mis
4. Think about Javert and his beliefs about crime and criminals. Would he approve/disapprove of our current justice system?
5. What would Eponine's life have been like if she hadn't been killed on the barricade?
6. Many people cite Fantine and Gavroche as the most powerful characters in the play, even though they are hardly on stage. Why do you think this is?
Think about the homeless and poor (both in the play and in real life). Who do you feel is responsible for their problems?
The Poetry Unit (aka Why Study Poetry?)
+If a student can understand a poem, he/she can understand any text.
+You will take the only standardized test in your high school career (EOC) which will assess you on poetry.
+Most of your schooling from now on will focus solely analyzing non-fiction articles which de-emphasize creative expression. Poetry is often mystifying and rewards multiple readings in ways other texts don't
The Practical
The Impractical
You're not meant to like every poem, just like you're not meant to like every person you meet. But I do think you'll find something you like in this unit
What You'll Do:
a.) Read 20+ poems by people famous and unknown. Some are funny / sad, boring / interesting, classic / contemporary, simple / complex
b.) Write two or three poems. It's almost impossible to do these wrong. You'll see.
c.) Learn an extensive poetry vocabulary and a system to break down any poem to try to get at the poet's intent.
Young, Mali, Watsky, Kay, Koyczan, Beaty, Darby, Marvell, Herrick, Plath, Alexie, Cory, Lear, Thomas, Shelley, Shakespeare
+Several quizzes over poetry terms of the unit
+Several quizzes in which you interpret an unseen poem
+A project in which you choose a poet of your own to work with

Poetry Unit 2016
Please have your
Life of Pi
book with you.

Try to write down an example of each of these techniques from the clip:

Alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile, hyperbole
Many poems we've read use the technique of ANAPHORA - repeating certain words or phrases. It's easy to recognize, but trickier to figure out WHY the poet would choose to put it in.
Choose any two of the poems we've read, and compare why each poet uses this technique. Think about the big picture in each poem and what the poet is trying to do overall.
Full example: The poem “V is for Virgin” by George Watsky contains the technique of anaphora; Watsky repeats the phrase “This is for…” several times throughout his poem. He uses this technique to remind his audience that “V Is for Virgin” is dedicated to people who aren’t normally celebrated: virgins.
Reasons Why Poets Use Anaphora:
*They want to emphasize something important
*They want to increase the pace of the poem
*They want to intensify a certain emotion
*They want to stress how long a list might be
*They want to create a driving rhythm
In what ways do the two boys embrace the concept of carpe diem taught to them by Keating?
Choose two of the following characters: Neil, Meeks, Charlie, Cameron, Knox, Pitts, and Todd.
+19 Lines
+5 tercets and 1 quatrain
+2 refrains
+ABA rhyme scheme (last stanza ABAA)
Grab a handout from the table and take out a highlighter
Please have the following on your desk for the essay:
Life of Pi
b) Writing Reference Sheet
c) 2-3 sheets of paper

When you are finished:
a) Staple everything together in this order:
Essay, Rubric, Prompt
b) Pick up a Noun Clauses HW sheet (optional)
a.) Describe one thing Alexie gets right about Facebook in his sonnet
b.) How does Alexie stray from the Shakespearean sonnet form?
c.) Create the Venn diagram I have on the board and fill in as much as possible for the poem "Sonnet with Vengeance"
Your essay tomorrow will deal with
Dead Poets Society
and the idea of carpe diem. You will connect the theme of the movie with the two carpe diem poems that we read.
So, if you finish your grammar quiz early, highlight 2 -3 lines in "To His Coy Mistress" and 2-3 lines in "To the Virgins..." that show the idea of carpe diem. This will save you time searching for quotes tomorrow.
To prepare to write your essay, do the following:
+Take out 2 sheets of paper

+Take out "To His Coy Mistress" and "To the Virgins..." (p. 9 and 10)
When you're finished, put your quiz on the table, pick up "Crazy Horse Boulevard", read it, and answer the following:
When you're finished, staple the paper on top and the prompt under it.
1. What is the underlying structure/pattern in this poem?
2. Find specific instances in which Alexie addresses native American stereotypes
List the SIX greatest humans to have ever lived
Pick up a Sharpie and one of the papers from the table - just choose one randomly.
Black Out Poetry
1. Find words on the page you feel have a certain power - they could be interesting/descriptive/positive/negative, whatever
2. Find other individual words you can string together to create something with meaning.
Black out all other words.
3. Put together something that feels like a cohesive poem that actually says something.
Creating a poem by omitting words from a page
Sit with a partner if you want
When finished, turn in your test on the table and take an Adj. Clause worksheet
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