A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

October 28-29, 2008: Responding to Emily Dickinson Poetry October 29, 2008

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Look back over the Emily Dickinson poems you have read this evening.  Choose TWO of the poems to analyze (in paragraph format).  Please answer all of these questions about EACH poem you have chosen to explore.  Respond in paragraph format.

  • What is your first reaction to this poem?   Feelings about it?  Possible meanings? 

  • What ideas, thoughts, impressions, and/or images stand out for you after reading this poem?

  • What was most the most interesting, intriguing, or favorite line from this poem?  Why?

  • What line, lines, stanza, or stanzas were most confusing to you?  Why?  

  • What words in this poem seem especially important to you?  Why?

  • What seems to be the mood or feeling of this poem?  What words create this mood?

  • What literary devices or poetic devices (if any) did you notice about this poem?
  • What are your impressions of the way the stanzas and line breaks are organized and presented?  Do you think these choices were intentional?  Why might the poet organize the poem as she has?
  • Would you recommend this poem to someone else?  Why or why not?  How do you feel about the poem?
  • What connections can you make with this poem?  How do you relate to this poem?  Or if you do not connect with this poem, why do you think this is? 
  • What qualities of this poem seem unique to Dickinson’s style of writing and choice of themes?
  • What is one question or a point of confusion you have about this poem?

Tuesday, September 9: Responding to “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” September 10, 2008

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1.  Read this Longfellow poem, “A Pslam of Life” at http://www.bartleby.com/42/773.html.

2.  Consider how this poem is similar to “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”.  How are the poems different?

3.  In three paragraphs, compare and contrast these two poems.  Please consider these as points of comparison and contrast:

*use of figurative language (metaphors, similes, imagery)
*symbols used in each poem

Each paragraph should be 4-6 sentences in length.  Please refer to specific lines of poetry (put the lines in quotation marks) to support your ideas.


September 3, 2008: Responding to Poe’s Poetry September 3, 2008

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How would you define fear?  What are your deepest fears? 

Please respond in a thoughtful paragraph of 8-10 complete sentences. 


Found Poems from Maggie, A Girl of the Streets May 1, 2008

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Post your found poems here, please. 


Responding to Poe Poetry: Monday, March 10, 2008 March 10, 2008

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In your opinion, what is the most haunting image from either of these poems, “To Helen” or “The Raven”?  Describe the haunting image you see in your mind.  How does Poe use words and mood to build this image?  Give specific evidence from the poem to support your ideas.

 Respond in a paragraph of 8-10 complete sentences. 


Responding to Olive Wendell Holmes, March 5, 2008 March 6, 2008

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Of the two poems by Holmes you have read this evening, which did you prefer?  Why?  What qualities about that poem stood out to you?  In what ways did you connect or relate to the poem?  What lines were your favorites or did you find most interesting?  Why?  If you could ask Holmes one question about this poem, what would it be?  Would you recommend this poem to a friend?  Why or why not?

Compose a paragraph of 8-10 sentences that responds to the questions above.   Provide evidence from the text when possible. 



March 5, 2008: Responding to William Cullen Bryant March 5, 2008

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Consider the poem you have read this evening, “Thanatopsis.”   What ideas, literary devices, themes, particular lines, or other qualities stood out to you in the poem you liked best?  Why?  What did you get from this poem?

Share your ideas in a response of 7-10 sentences.