I hope you’re warm and safe! We’re going to have class at home today, so here’s what I’ve pulled together for you to explore. Remember, with Common Core, we’re all about real life–instead of just looking at bubbles on a test document, we want mulitple sources!
In class, we finished our poetry notes, so we have the language we need to ANALYZE some poetry.
Directions: Pick one of the poets below. Read three of his or her poems. Then, post a comment on this blog post explaining what the poems have in common. Use the constructs from our notes. For example, you might say —
“Wake”, “Dreams”, and “Life is Fine” all include beats that repeat. For example, in “Life is Fine,” Hughes uses a 7/6/7/6 pattern of syllables in each of his stanzas. This pattern creates a beat that makes his poems feel like music. In “Dreams,” Hughes uses a collection of one-syllable words: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly.”
If there is a different poet whose poetry you’d like to explore, feel free! Just make sure to include the author and titles in your comment.
***My favorite poems in this group