Poetry Unit


    • alliteration
    • analogy
    • assonance
    • ballad
    • blank verse
    • consonance
    • diction
    • dramatic poetry
    • enjambment
    • figurative language
    • free verse
    • haiku
    • heroic couplet
    • imagery
    • lyric poetry
    • meter
    • narrative poetry
    • octet
    • ode
    • rhyme
    • rhyme scheme
    • rhythm
    • sestet
    • sonnet (Petrarchan, Shakespearean)

Selected Readings:

Roethke, Theodore. "My Papa's Waltz."

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet 73.”
There are at least two places to find Sonnet 73. A) Poets.org: William Shakespeare, available when you scroll down the site; B) Handprint: Shakespeare's Sonnets, available in right sidebar. Sites live at Language Arts > Literature > British Literature > English Renaissance Literature > English Renaissance Authors and Their Works > William Shakespeare > Sonnets
A) URL is http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/122
B) URL is http://www.handprint.com/SC/SHK/sonnets.html

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. “Ozymandias.”
Poets.org: Percy Bysshe Shelley, link in the right sidebar. Site lives at Language Arts > Literature > British Literature > British Romantic Age > British Romantic Authors and Their Works > Percy Bysshe Shelley
URL is http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/179

Li-Young Lee. "The Gift."

Giovanni, Nikki. "Love Is."

King James Bible. "Psalm 96."

Read and Connect Activity:
Select one of the poems discussed this semester in class that you believe exhibits the thoughts and ideas of the main character in your Literature Circle novel (it may be your current lit circle book or another one you have read THIS semester). Write a journal entry as the main character in your literature circle novel (first person). Include the poem within that journal entry and explain why that poem is so relevant to the life and situations of your main character. You MUST include details from both the novel and the poem to show clear connections.
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Write an essay that compares and contrasts aspects of the use of a literary device in two different poems. Discuss at least three aspects. (RL.9-10.4, W.9-10.2)
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Choose a painting from among those you’ve viewed and compare it to one of the poems you’ve studied. Then choose one of the following poetic elements: mood, metaphor, symbol, or pattern. Write an essay in which you compare how the author and painter develop that element in each work. Cite at least three pieces of evidence for each work. (RL.9-10.7, W.9-10.2)

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View a reproduction of a Grecian Urn and write an essay in which you discuss the ways in which reading Keats’s rendering of the urn is a different experience than viewing it. Discuss at least three differences. (RL.9-10.7, W.9-10.2)

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Research Paper (4)
Select a poet and write a research paper in which you analyze the development of the writer's poetry in his/her lifetime using at least three poems and citing at least three secondary sources. (RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, W.9-10.2, W.9-10.7, W.9-10.8)

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Speech/Poetry Out Loud
Select a poem and recite it from memory. Include an introduction that states:
    • Title, author, and type of poem
    • How the poem exemplifies the stated type of poetry. (SL.9-10.6)
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Seminar Question
“Are poems better when they follow a strict rhyme or meter? Why or why not?” The seminar question may also be used as an essay topic. (SL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, (RL.9-10.6, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.3)

“What is a more effective form of communication, literal or figurative language?” The seminar question may also be used as an essay topic. (SL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, (RL.9-10.6, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.3)

Discuss whether you agree with Seamus Heaney when he credits poetry “because credit is due to it, in our time and in all time, for its truth to life, in every sense of that phrase.” Say why or why not and give examples from poems studied or other poems to illustrate your position. State thesis clearly and include at least three pieces of evidence to support the thesis. (RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.5, RI.9-10.6, SL.9-10.4, SL.9-10.6)

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