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.

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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.

 

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:

*theme
*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?
 

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. 

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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.