“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet

“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal but which the reader recognizes as his own.” Salvatore QuasimodoIn many of the poems that we have read this week, the writers use imagery, sound,  crisp language and observations to express emotional truths. Poetry, like song, depends on music and rhythm to achieve effect. It also depends on clarity of image and expression. The purpose of poetry is to allow the reader to feel and understand the emotion expressed by the poet. Poetry is a vehicle for intense and intimate expression, and as such, it can be either tightly or loosely structured.  WRITE THREE POEMSThis week you will write three poems:

  • one, a structured sonnet, which uses a poetic form
  • a free verse poem
  • a poetic form of your choice

SonnetWrite a sonnet (see attached file for examples of sonnets and Power Point presentation and video below). A sonnet is 14 lines in length and uses the following rhyme scheme: 

  • There are three quatrains, and one final couplet, for a total of four stanzas.

The most famous writer of sonnets in the English language is  Shakespeare.

  • What is notable about his sonnets is how they create a logical thought about a certain topic.
  • Each sonnet has a “problem,” and each quatrain develops that problem.

The final couplet comes to a conclusion based on the supposition that has developed above.  Let’s take a look at one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets (“Shall I compare thee to a summer day”): 

 – Alternative FormatsFree Verse Write a poem in free verse. The poem should be no fewer than 20 lines.  It can be on any subject you choose. If you like, you can use one of the following prompts.Your Choice Write a poem using any structure you would like.  It can be on any subject you choose. If you like, you can use one of the following prompts.Suggested Prompts (or choose any subject you like)Prompt #1. Write a poem about one of the following:

  • War
  • Religion
  • Birth
  • Love
  • Death

Prompt # 2. Researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently found that people having trouble achieving their goals benefit from the very act of giving advice to others. Write a poem offering advice to someone. Include a list of suggestions for handling a challenge. It can be specific, like what to do when your car breaks down on the side of the highway during a thunderstorm, or something more general like how to resolve an argument.Prompt #3. Choose an everyday object that seems unexceptional, perhaps something ordinarily discarded, like a teabag or a plastic water bottle, and write a poem that delves into a deeper history that adds complexity or magical importance. How does taking an in-depth look give more value to an object?Instructions:

  • Submit your assignment by clicking on the title above “Week Two Poetry Writing Assignment”
  • Submissions must be a Microsoft Work Document 
  • Sonnet must follow traditional form as illustrated
  • Free verse poem must be a minimum of 20 lines
  • Third poem is of your choice and must meet the expectations of the poetic structure. 
  • Each poem must be titled

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