2 "I dwell in possibility" (#657) by Emily Dickinson I dwell in Possibility-- A fairer House than Prose-- More numerous of Windows-- Superior--for Doors--Of Chambers as the Cedars-- Impregnable of Eye-- And for an Everlasting Roof The Gambrels of the Sky--Of Visitors--the fairest-- For Occupation--This-- The spreading wide my narrow Hands To gather Paradise--
3 Choose a poet you find accessible and challenging The one stipulation is that the poet be alive, someone who is current in literary publications. Remember, you will spend most of the term examining the work of this particular writer, so choose someone who will hold your interest.
4 Browse your literature text for poets you might choose Begin by reading the poets in Kennedy, X. J. and Dana Gioia’s Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. You have a wonderful choice of poems to start with there. Bring five index cards for our library search tomorrow
5 Research poets in whom you are interested Bring five index cards for our library search. Includepoet’s nametitles of at least 3 poems you examined,themesfigurative language or imagery (abstract or concrete/ subject matter),structure (regular or irregular rhyme and meter),tone
6 Turn in index cards, prioritized, Friday After you have completed the five note cards, rank them 1 – 5, 1 being your favorite.Be sure your name is on the back of each card.I will work to ensure that all of you receive your first or second choice.Be confident and excited about your choice!
7 Poetry explications (or wiki posts) for two poems Type each of the two poems into your Wiki pageWrite commentary for each poem between wordspersonal reaction, response, observations about stylistic elementsCreate a link for each poem that adds a visual or auditory image for effect.
8 ScansionOn a typed copy of one of your two poems, scan the meter marking each syllable with the symbol for either a breve for an unaccented sound or an acute accent for an accented syllable.Due Friday, March 23, and Wednesday, April 4 at class time.
9 Wiki Journal Due DatesFriday, March 23Wednesday, April 13.
10 Step 2:Formal analysis of one of two poems Use either biographical information or literary criticism you have found on your poet from another sourceRelate your own explication of the poem to this criticism or biographical informationFormulate your own thesis and write a thorough analysis of one poem
11 Poetry ResourcesKey West Literary Seminar: Great archives of recent seminars of some of the best current writers.Fooling with Words: A companion site to a PBS special on poets and the Dodge Poetry Festival.Poetry Foundation: Organization that publishes Poetry magazine. A great and dense site. Lots to explore
12 Poetry ResourcesPoetry 180: Started by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Wide variety of contemporary poems.The Writer’s Almanac: A poem a day and this day in literary history from Garrison Keillor.Poetry Everywhere: Another companion website to a PBS series.
13 Poetry ResourcesFavorite Poem Project: Started by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Videos of people, poets, and poems.Dodge Poetry Festival: YouTube channel of readings from the biannual poetry festival.Web guide to Poets and Writers: Title says it all.
14 Critical Analysis Due dates Friday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 25Submit your papers to Turnitin.com.A Works Cited page will be required
15 Extra credit: Letter to your poet your author or find a mailing address through one of the following sourcesCurrent BiographyContemporary AuthorsCall the 800 number for the publisher. Be assertive and patient as you negotiate your way through the corporate maze to find what you wantIf your author works at a university or is affiliated with a college, call the academic department and ask someone how you can write to the author.