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1 Spring AP Poetry Project

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. Include poet’s name titles of at least 3 poems you examined, themes figurative 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 page Write commentary for each poem between words personal reaction, response, observations about stylistic elements Create a link for each poem that adds a visual or auditory image for effect.

8 Scansion On 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 Dates Friday, March 23 Wednesday, 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 source Relate your own explication of the poem to this criticism or biographical information Formulate your own thesis and write a thorough analysis of one poem

11 Poetry Resources Key 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 Resources Poetry 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 Resources Favorite 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 25 Submit your papers to 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 sources Current Biography Contemporary Authors Call the 800 number for the publisher. Be assertive and patient as you negotiate your way through the corporate maze to find what you want If 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.

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