Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Schedule of Poetry Presentations

Image: Ryan Gallagher, "Persephone Eating Pomegranates" Oil on canvas. 16 x 20.

You are responsible for:
  • Bringing in a copy of the poem for everyone. Make at least 20 copies. Including me, we are 19.

  • Reading the poem aloud to begin. Read the poem how you think it should sound (tone, speed, etc.) Practice please. You need to read this poem many times anyway to come up with an insightful thesis; it will probably help your understanding of the poem if you read aloud: (melopoeia).

  • Orally Explicating the poem for us. In other words, you need to have a thesis. Then you need to show us HOW the poet accomplishes his or her purpose. Please refer to handouts. It would be entirely helpful if you photocopied your notes on the poem (maybe on the other side of the copy you provide us.)

You only have ten minutes, so prepare your remarks; this is not something you can "wing" successfully. You will be scored on the MHS Open Response Rubric. Even though this is an oral grade, you are essentially explaining how you would write an explication--we are just hearing your mind work.

Nov. 17th:
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W.B. Yeats: Carla
“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning: Kayla
“The Author to her Book” by Anne Bradstreet: Mary
“The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden: Jenny
“Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen: Stephen

Nov. 18th:
“This Is Just To Say” by William Carlos Williams: Andy
“Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town” by e.e. cummings: Matt
“Root Cellar” by Theodore Roethke: Ashley

Nov. 19th:
“Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath: Sodaba
“You Fit Into Me” by Margaret Atwood: Tzivia
“Resume” by Dorothy Parker: Emily

Nov. 21th:
“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas: Mario
“Sonnet” by Billy Collins: Cynthia
“Sestina” by Elizabeth Bishop: Vanessa
“Because Poem” Lisa Jarnot: Kristen

Nov. 24th:
“The Second Coming” W.B. Yeats: Alinne
“I Know a Man” by Robert Creeley: Melissa
“Spring and Fall” Gerard Manley Hopkins: Michaela


Stephen said...

Hey, Mr. Gallagher!
Can you elaborate on the oral explicating that we're supposed to do? I am, of course, a bit nervous about the whole thing.

R. Gallagher said...


No need to be nervous, and thanks for asking. You are doing much of what I saw you do in the AP class on Saturday.

You will read the poem, then give us your thesis for the poem. Take some time to construct this; use the handouts... it may be a few sentences of well crafted writing. For your poem, the title is probably important. You have another ten minutes or so to "show us" what you see happening (specifically) in the poem after that. If you copy your "talking to the text" notes, it will help us see. You are not, as was deftly noted by all the AP instructors yesterday, just pointing out techniques; you are showing how the poet uses the techniques to create theme / meaning in the poem.

The benefit of it being an oral presentation is that it is a bit easier to show the intent of your thoughts and (another thing I liked of what came out of one of the seminars yesterday on scoring the AP essays--) be graded on what you do well.

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