Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monday 2/17/14 Class

The Art of Syntax, pages 62 - 77, "Off the Grid."

Page 63, Frost again: 

"The surest way to reach the heart of the reader is through the ear.  The visual images thrown up by a poem are important, but it is more important still to choose and arrange words in a sequence so as virtually to control the intonations and pauses of the reader's voice.  By arrangement and choice of words on the part of the poet, the effects of humor, pathos, hysteria, anger, and in fact, all effects, can be indicated or obtained."

Page 65, Philip Larkin's "The Trees"

Page 70, Larkin's "Cut Grass"

Collage into 10 similes and metaphors.  Get into two groups.  Help each other select the top 5 for each.  Then write a five-stanza, four-line poem using the metaphors/similes as the beginning of each stanza.

Poets we've looked into so far:
  • Denise Levertov
  • Anne Sexton
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Wallace Stevens
  • e e cummings
  • Stanley Kunitz

Choose one of the 12 you didn't previously from  Oprah's 12-Ways-to-Write-a-Poem.

CK Williams on and Theodore Roethke on

Villanelle form:

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