Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tues Jan 21st: Poetry


Pick a poem that you like and think is powerful.  I encourage you to pick a spoken word poem (but it's not required).  One of the values of spoken word is that the poet tells you what speed to absorb the poem, while reading text you have to figure that out on your own.

Pick specific lines or sections that you find powerful, or perhaps its the dramatic situation (the topic and setting of the poem).  Write a carefully composed paragraph (that includes the lines in question) that explains what it is that creates the power of those lines.  You might consider insights from the “intended audience” (who you think the author wrote the poem for, and then allusions or connections they would be likely to make).  You might explain why particular devices (rhyme, repetition/anaphora, rhythm, figurative language, imagery, etc) are effective at conveying or adding power to the message.

Updated: Repeat this process 2 times for a B, 3 times for an A.  You can do 2 or 3 sections of one poem, or a mix of sections of different poems.  Post your writing on the blog, including links to the poem.  So for a B, you're writing 2 paragraphs, for an A, 3 paragraphs.  +5 POL points if you post by midnight on Sunday (so I can use your poems to prepare for Tuesday's class!)

The list below are some to get you started, or you can search on Youtube for “spoken word” or “brave new voices”.  
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Thurs Jan 16: Winter Break Books - Human Nature

What does your winter break book say about human nature, or surprising human needs?
Conversation-style blog post below, 300+ words.  I think we can organize it by book, if each person that's the first to write on their book just writes a comment, and then everyone after that hits "reply" to their person.  If that doesn't work, its OK to just post it all together.