Essential Question: What is poetry?
1. Do Now: For those who were disappointed by the lack of rhyme in the haiku and other poetry we looked at yesterday, limericks are at the opposite end of the spectrum. They exist for rhyme. Write out the following limericks providing what you believe to be the proper punctuation.
With sonnets, as well as haiku, tanka, and naga-uta, punctuation may be part of the formula. All the poems that we have looked at this year use punctuation to pace the reader---to have us stop and smell the roses instead of speeding ahead.
* There was a young lady whose chin resembled the point of a pin so she had it made sharp and purchased a harp and played several with that chin.
*There was an old man in a boat who said I’m afloat I’m afloat when they said no uou ain’t he was ready to faint that unhappy old man in a boat.
- What illustrations might accompany these limericks?
- Try to imitate the form of these limericks by writing your own. Look at the examples given to model. First make a list of common features of all the limericks you see.
Number of lines
- In pairs, read any of the limericks aloud, stressing the rhythm and the rhyme. Notice the tone, established by the invariable narrative signal ‘There was...’
What sort of expectations does a beginning like this set up in the reader/listener? How do the accompanying pictures match the texts?
They never taste who always drink;
They always talk, who never think
As charms are nonsense, nonsense is a charm.
- In trying to answer the essential question: what is poetry? write a verse to the tune of any popular song---alternatively, analyze the lyrics of a song you are particularly fond of and discuss whether they can be called poetry or not, and why.
- Exit Ticket: Fill-in the blanks of the following frame poem that we did in class last week. Maybe our discussions have left you with another idea about what “poetry” is or can be?
A Poem About a Poem
Poetry is ______________________________________________
Poetry is like ___________________________________________
Poetry is about _________________________________________
Poetry is as important as _________________________________
Poetry is as pointless as __________________________________
Poetry means ________________________________________
Poetry is ____________________________________________
Homework: Part of the final will be a 150 word reflective essay. It would hurt if you thought about this before hand and made some notes to bring to class and use during the exam time?
“Your task is to write a reflective essay about your growth as a reader, writer, speaker, and listener in 150 words or more. Your essay should include examples of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative (group) strategies you have used this year. You should also explain how those strategies helped you to improve your ability to read and comprehend challenging texts as well as write and present original texts.”
- Include strategies you have learned this year and how they might be effective
- How might you meet new challenges and opportunities as a speaker, listener, and writer?