First, you will select a poet You will collaborate (work together) in order to research and create a page of information about your poet's life and influences. YOU MAY NOT COPY AND PASTE THE INFORMATION. You must paraphrase the information and cite your sources at the end of the page. Then, you will select three poems (one poem per group member) and analyze each poem for poetic devices and meaning. Lastly, you will write a reflection about each poem.

Section 1: A description of the poet and his/her life
This section explains to the uninitiated who your poet is and why she/he is important. To keep your reader’s interest, this section cannot be longer than two pages.

Flow of this section:
  • Begin with an attention grabber and remember, “William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564” grabs NO ONE’S attention.
  • Organize it topically, though chronological order may work if done well
  • Finish by answering the question: What made the poet notable?

Types of information you’ll be seeking – questions you’ll be looking to answer:
  1. What was the poet’s life like?
  2. What kind of things influenced the poet?
  3. What kind of a person was the poet? (personality, habits, etc.)
  4. Where was the poet from? Did it play a role?
  5. What kinds of theories did the poet have about poetry? or What kind of particular style did the poet have?
  6. What made the poet notable? Why do we know who she/he is?




Section 2:

A poem and your reflection on it


Please type out the poem in a word document, being a faithful as you can to the original copy. Put the poem on your page before the reflection you will write. Do not double-space this page.

Process for getting to know your poem:
  1. Read through your poem at least one time, trying mostly to get through it, and not worrying about understanding everything. See what strikes you or perturbs you at first glance. Write your thoughts down for use later.
  2. Look up any words you don’t know. Write down their definitions and then paraphrase what you think the line in the poem says. Again, put this info somewhere for later use.
  3. As you begin to understand it better, explain what you like (or don’t like) about it and how you connect to it. Does anything in it remind you of anything you’ve ever seen or experienced?
  4. Explain if you see in the poem any of the literary terms/poetic devices you’ve studied. Which ones? Why would the writer have used those literary devices?

What to write in the reflection:
  1. Take the reader of your paper on the same journey you went on as you experienced the poem – first, explain what stands out to you the most.
  2. Then recap the reading experience, explaining what you liked next, moving through the poem. Do not stress yourself about moving line by line through the poem – if the fifth line strikes you before you understand the third, explain the fifth line first.
  3. Be sure to discuss how you connect to the poem – which images stand out to you in particular, and which ones seem more abstract or difficult for you to connect with. Whenever you say that an image is difficult to connect with, say why.
  4. If you haven’t done so yet, explain at the end what literary devices the poet uses and hypothesize why the poet may have used them (that is, how do they help the poem?).
  5. Finally, connect the poem to any of the information you explain in the first part of the paper – the part about the poet’s life. If the poet hates butterflies and the poem is about killing bugs, you should connect those facts for the reader of your paper.







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