A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

Responding to The Fireside Poets, September 10, 2008 September 11, 2008

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Consider the poems you have read by Bryant and Longfellow; consider the notes you have read earlier and last night’s discussion about The Fireside Poets.

What themes did you see in the poems you read?  Which poem did you like best?  Why?  Why do you think the Fireside Poets are still studied today?

Share your ideas in a paragraph of 7-10 complete sentences, please.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008: Responding to “Thanatopsis” September 10, 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 ideas, impressions, or connections did you get from this poem?  Explain.

Share your ideas in a paragraph response of 7-10 sentences.   Be sure to spell check in Word before you post.


Fireside Poets Overview

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

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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.


Thursday, August 28, 2008: Responding to Washington Irving August 28, 2008

Please compose a paragraph of 4-6 sentences for EACH question.   Take your time, reflect thoughtfully, and use the text to support your responses!

  • How do Tom Walker’s possessions show what sort of a person he is?
  • What shows that Tom isn’t really sincere in the changes he makes near the end of his life?
  • What is the lesson that the story teaches?
  • Do you believe that money is the most important thing in life?  If so, why?  If not, what is more important?

Audiofiles for “The Pit and the Pendulum” March 11, 2008

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podcast.jpgTonight you have the option of listening to an audiofile of “The Pit and the Pendulum” on your own.  You  have three choices for audiofiles:


You have three options for listening….see me if you need help for choosing the selection best for you.   I have brought extra headphones tonight so that you can listen on the computer station.


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.