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Meter in Poetry and Verse

This is the poetry collection for Part 4 of the A1 Course (don’t get it confused with the poetry of Donne and Frost for Part 2).

Contents

Man and Beast by Clifford Dyment

Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

The Castaway by William Cowper

The Tyger by William Blake

Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy

Research Ideas

  1. Time it was written
  2. Poets class (economic and social)
  3. Poets history, origin,
  4. Political views
  5. Common themes by the poet
  6. Religious vies
  7. Major events of the time (political situation)
  8. Audience it was intended for
  9. What does the poem refer to? (something real)

Poetry Reinvented

Of all the literary arts poetry seems to be one that is quickly falling “off the boat”. It seems fewer people read poetry, its publication is less widespread than other literary forms and it isn’t advertised anywhere nearly as much as other literary arts. Even still, poetry has still found ways of reinventing itself for the 21st Century.

“Minamalism” by Jeff Smith-Luedke

“Old Tongue” by Jackie Kay

Great Poetry Resources

Meter in Poetry and Verse

Poets.org

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Station

Task 1: What I know

Where I’m From

I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening

it tasted like beets.)

I am from the forsythia bush,

the Dutch elm

whose long gone limbs I remember

as if they were my own.

I am from fudge and eyeglasses,

from Imogen and Alafair.

I’m from the know-it-alls

and the pass-it-ons,

from perk up and pipe down.

I’m from He restoreth my soul

with a cottonball lamb

and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,

fried corn and strong coffee.

From the finger my grandfather lost

to the auger

the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box

spilling old pictures,

a sift of last faces

to drift beneath my dreams.

I am from those moments —

snapped before I budded —

leaf-fall from the family tree.

George Ella Lyon

Task:

  1. Make a list of childhood memories, significant moments, significant things (what routines do you remember fondly from your childhood?).
  2. Now make a list of all the poetic devices you can think of
  3. Look at Lyon’ repeated phrase: “I am from…”. Create a new phrase that has a similar meaning.
  4. Look at your list of poetic devices and your list of memories. Play with the two lists by trying to express the memory/significant thing with a poetic device.
  5. Don’t feel like you have to recreate Lyon’s poem (though some of you will!… hopefully) but try to come up with a few good examples.

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