HW due 5/10: Poet Study

1. Hello there, folks! The first stage of the PBA is due Tuesday, May 10th. You must bring in 6 poems by your chosen/assigned poet. At least three should be annotated. They should all be read and annotated by the end of the week.

Looking ahead to your Poetry PBA Portfolio, start thinking about your main opinion, or thesis, about your poet’s work. Some good questions to ask yourself as you read:

  • What themes do you notice in your poet’s work?
  • Where and how do these themes appear?
  • Which poems you’ve read most clearly show these themes?
  • What techniques (poetic devices, style, language, etc.) does this poet use most often, and how do they affect the poems?
  • What effect do they have?  In other words, how do they shape and change your reading of the poems?
  • What tone, or mood do you get from these poems? How do they make you feel?

Take some notes on your answers to these questions, and start coming up with an opinion about your poet’s work.

Ultimately, your PBA will include:

  • A 1-2 page mini-bio of your poet.
  • A 5-7 page foreword that introduces and analyzes the work of your poet, including a strong claim (a thesis) about your poet and his/her work.  In this analysis you should demonstrate great control of your poet’s work.
  • The 6 poems (untouched) chosen for this project.
  • Two original poems mirroring your poet’s style.
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