We are preparing for our mid-term exam, which will include a poem to analyze in an in-class essay. In order to practice this analysis, choose a poem from our text (other than one we have already read), and answer the following questions with a well-developed answer for each question giving examples from the text. Submit this assignment to the dropbox by next Wednesday.
- What is the poem about? Describe the action of the poem.
- Who is the speaker of the poem? It is not the author necessarily. What can you tell about the speaker from the poem?
- What is the organization of the poem? Look at lines, stanzas, sentences, and/or rhyme schemes. How does that affect the meaning of the poem?
- How is language used in this poem? Do you find metaphors, analogies, symbols, alliteration, figures of speech that carry connotations as well as denotations. (Connotations would be the suggested meaning as opposed to denotations which would be the literal meaning—see glossary for literary terms in The Norton.)
- What do you have problems with or do not quite understand in this poem? Be as specific as possible, and look at what the section might possibly mean. (Hint: use a dictionary if a word isn’t clear; sometimes poets use a word or phrase with a different meaning than the common one.)
Join Discussion 5: Unpacking meaning in poetry. What is happening? Does the reader’s perception change from the beginning of the poem to the last? What effect do you think the author tried to convey in this poem? Respond for each poem above. Respond to two other students.
Join Discussion 6: Library Research. Access the library databases and find one source on your selected book. Give the citation for that source (see pp. 445-477 in the Handbook.) Summarize the source and its content. Report on your experiences so we can learn from one another. What search strategies and databases provided you the best results? How do you track and organize the articles you find?
(Note: Discussion 6 requires library research. The Library Resources guide, located in the Research Resources Content module, will assist you in locating appropriate article databases. It is highly recommended that you view the Academic Search Premier video which provides a good introduction to using the databases.)