Poetry


Poetry Discussion Blog Discuss your assigned poem or other poems in the packet with classmates. Leave a comment or question on the blog!

Poetry Terms and Related Reading

Dead Poets Society Links to articles on the film 

Poetry Research Paper Assignment, recommended research sites, and links to articles on specific poets

Poetry Quiz and Test Prep


Poetry Terms and Related Reading

Poetry Terms 10 List of poetry terms and definitions

Poetry Terms Quizlet Use to study for the poetry terms quiz

Poetry – Identifying Literary Elements Quizlet Use to study for the poetry terms quiz

Romantic Poetry Handout from class with American and British Romantic poems


Dead Poets Society

DPS poems explained notes on poems from class (pdf file) Please note: “The Road Not Taken” is probably the most famous and beloved poem in America, and yet it is widely misunderstood.  People think it’s a poem in praise of the nonconformist taking “the road less traveled,” but it’s not really.  Even Mr. Keating gets that a bit wrong in Dead Poets Society!  🙂

Realism and Romanticism in Dead Poets Society A great analysis of the film in terms of its romantic philosophy

17 Invaluable Lessons Mr. Keating Taught Us In “Dead Poets Society”

Dead Poets Society Saved My Life a writer looks back on how watching Dead Poets Society at age 14 shaped her love of poetry

Ethan Hawke Reflects on Dead Poets Society and Robin Williams contains a video with the adult Hawke in response to Williams’ suicide

The Robin Williams speech on suicide that was missing from Dead Poets Society a writer condemns the missed opportunity of DPS, especially in light of Williams’ suicide

What It’s Like to Watch Dead Poets Society after the death of Robin Williams a writer reflects on the meaning of “The Road Not Taken” and DPS, in light of Williams’ suicide


Poetry Research

Ms. Parker-Hennion’s Poetry Research Handout Use your socsd.org account to access this Google Doc

The TZHS Library has an extensive collection of poetry BOOKS.  (Books!  Remember those?  Not all research has to be online!)  Be sure to consult the OPALS catalog for information on specific poets. Many books have been purchased SPECIFICALLY FOR THE 10H POETRY PROJECT. There are also several excellent reference books that offer criticism and analysis of poetry.  These are located in the reference section of the library.  Be sure to ask for help if you cannot find them.

A Critical Survey of Poetry (Ref. 809.1) Use the index to look up your poet and then find the volume with the pages listed.  Many students like this set because for each poet there are four to five pages of concise analysis/criticism discussing the poet’s work as a whole, but also discussing specific poems. Note: unfortunately, the library is missing volume 6.

American Writers and British Writers (Ref. 810 and Ref 810.9 respectively).  Use the index in the newest volume and/or supplement to find the main entry on your poet (printed in bold).  Literary criticism is integrated with biographical information and while these volumes discuss and author’s entire body of work including prose, they can very helpful for students just studying poetry.

WEBSITES: Start with some of the links below.  If you would like to do further research, be sure that you select reputable websites.  University websites (.edu) are excellent sources as are sites with a print equivalent (newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.).

Poets.org From the Academy of American Poets Poetry, biographies, and more.

Poetryfoundation.org Publisher of Poetry Magazine; “an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture”

Modern American Poetry from the the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; great source for criticism and biographical information; use the poet search to see if your poet is listed; includes E.E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, and many others

The Poetry Archive The premiere online collection of poets reading their work

The American Poetry Review Bimonthly issues of original poetry, literary criticism, interviews, essays and social commentary

Library of Congress Poetry Resources Library of Congress poetry resources including poems, poetry readings, poetry news and events, and information about U.S. poet laureates.

Contemporary Poetry Review The largest online archive of poetry criticism in the world

Voices from the Gaps  from the University of Minnesota, the internet’s largest academic database for women artists of color; includes Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Joy Harjo, Nellie Wong, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others

First World War Poetry Digital Archive The work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon may be found here

Online Literary Criticism from the Internet Public Library; links to criticism based on author name

DATABASES:

LitFinder Database An ever-growing selection of online poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays

TZHS Library Page for Poetry Ms. Parker-Hennion’s poetry site.  You may also ask her research questions at her Ask the Librarian page.

SITES ABOUT SPECIFIC POETS:

In order to access most of these sites from home, you may need to do the following in a separate window FIRST: -Go to rcls.org (our public library) -Select Online Resources -Select Research Databases -Select Magazine and Databases at Blauvelt -Select Artemis Literary Sources -Keep the library window open.  You can then come back to this page and use these links!

MAYA ANGELOU

Maya Angelou Biographical Information an overview of her life (note citation at the end of the article)

Overview of “Still I Rise” from Poetry for Students (note citation at end of article)

Explanation of “Still I Rise” from Gale (note citation at end of article)

E.E. CUMMINGS

E.E. Cummings Biographical Information from Gale (note citation at end of article)

E.E. Cummings at Modern American Poetry Several articles including criticism on specific poems (hint, hint)

“The Prince of Patchin Place” – E.E. Cummings An article by writer Susan Cheever on E.E. Cummings

The Rebellion of E.E. Cummings from Harvard Magazine

“Is That a Poem?” Contemporary poet Billy Collins discusses E.E. Cummings

“Friends and Lovers” a discussion of E.E. Cummings’s romantic life

ROBERT HAYDEN

Robert Hayden at Modern American Poetry Discussion of “Those Winter Sundays” at the American Poetry Foundation

“Those Winter Sundays” Critical Analysis from Poetry for Students (note citation at end of article)

Robert Hayden information and biography at poets.org

LANGSTON HUGHES

Langston Hughes Overview A discussion of Hughes’s life and work (note citation at the end of the article)

“Mother to Son” Critical Analysis  from Poetry for Students (note citation at the end of the article)

Langston Hughes biographical information from American Writers; includes discussion of “Mother to Son”

AUDRE LORDE

Audre Lorde Overview A discussion of Lorde’s life and work (note citation at the end of the article)

The Audre Lorde Project

Voices From the Gaps: Audre Lorde

“Hanging Fire” Critical Analysis from Poetry for Students (note citation at end of article)

WILFRED OWEN

Wilfred Owen: Overview A discussion of Owen’s life and work (note citation at the end of the article)

Overview of “Dulce et Decorum Est” from Poetry for Students (note citation at end of article)

First World War Poetry Digital Archive The work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon may be found here

Wilfred Owen information and biography at poets.org

ADRIENNE RICH

Adrienne Rich: Overview A discussion of the life and work of Adrienne Rich (note citation at the end of the article)

Adrienne Rich: Criticism and Biographical Information This article mentions both “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” and “Storm Warnings.” (Note citation tools at the top of the page which will correctly cite the document for you)

Adrienne Rich articles at the NY Times The NY Times is an excellent resource for articles on more contemporary poets.

Interview with Adrienne Rich: The Paris Review The Paris Review is an esteemed literary magazine, and therefore a reliable sources

Overview of “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” from Gale Online (note citation at end of article)

SIEGFRIED SASSOON

Siegfried Sassoon – Biographical Information

“We’re None of Us the Same” – Discussion of Siegfried Sassoon’s life and work (note citation at the end of the article)

Siegfried Sasson at Twayne’s Author Series – criticism and discussion of Sassoon as a satirical poet

First World War Poetry Digital Archive The work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon may be found here

ANNE SEXTON

Anne Sexton Overview A discussion of the life and work of Sexton (see citation at end of article)

Biography and Criticism from American Writers

“Young” Critical Analysis from Poetry for Students (note citation at end of article)

Explanation of “Young”

Confessional Poetry an explanation

DYLAN THOMAS

Dylan Thomas Overview A discussion of the life and work of Thomas (see citation at the end of the article)

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight” Critical Analysis from Poetry for Students (note citation at the end of the article)

Explanation of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight” from LitFinder (note citation at the end of the article)

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

William Butler Yeats A brief biography (note citation at the end of the article)

William Butler Yeats at the Poetry Foundation biography and criticism

Yeats Meets the Digital Age From The NY Times; Yeats and his relationship with Maud Gonne

Explanation of “When You Are Old” from LitFinder (note citation at end of article)

RESEARCH PAPER HELP: MLA internal citations How to cite your sources within your paper Easy Bib – Sign up for a free account at easybib.com to format your bibliography!


Poetry Quiz and Test Review

Literary Elements in Poetry Quizlet

Poetry Test Review Quizlet

Some Review questions: [Try answering them yourself.  Answers available below.]

  1. Which poems utilize rhetorical questions to make a point?

  2. Which poems share common themes?

  3. Which poem(s) has/have a sarcastic tone? Bitter tone? Hopeful tone? Nostalgic tone?

  4. Which poems contain extended metaphors?

5.  Which poems use repetition as a major device throughout?

6.  What traits are common in Walt Whitman’s poems?

7.  What traits are common in E. E. Cummings’ poems?

Poetry Test Review Question ANSWERS


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