homework week 6

Creative Writing—Queens College—Fall 2011

WEEK 6—5 SEP  Poetry as Bound Speech

 Poetry isn’t made of ideas, but words.

                                                             —Stéphane Mallarmé

Read the poems provided and prepare to discuss them in class using the following vocabulary: sonnet, villanelle, stanza, meter, rhyme, rhythm, scansion, alliteration, off-rhyme, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, prosody, simile, metaphor, allusion, trope, image, symbol. I have provided brief glosses of these words in the reading entitled, “Poetry jargon,” but you may want to do further internet research. Also develop opinions about what each poem says or means, and to what degree you appreciate both what it says and how it says it.

Choose one poem, either one written by a classmate or one I’ve provided, and analyze it closely, preparing an interpretation of what the poem means, how well the form adheres to a strict structure, and what in the poem is effective or moving.

Write a poem of your own using formal elements of the kind displayed  in these poems. You may wish to write a sonnet or a villanelle, but you should be prepared to explain how your poem uses formal elements and/or departs from them. Please post your poem either as a blog-post or as a page on your blog. Spend some time reading through and commenting on the work of your peers. Bring your poem in hard-copy to class next week if you would.

Please consider the pros and cons of writing in bound speech. I’d like to discuss these in class.


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One Response to “homework week 6”

  1.   Pru Says:

    So if we decide to write about a fellow class mates poem can we post the comment on there wall and also bring what we said to class?

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