Poem of the Week - Guidelines
Now that you have spent two quarters looking at various American
idioms and how authors use figurative language, you will spend the rest of the year analyzing
how people use words to express feelings, moods and beliefs.
Each week, you will read and analyze a poem. You will be looking
for two components of each poem: theme and figurative language.
Because poetry is interpretive, I expect all answers to be unique
based on your own beliefs. You will have one week from Monday
to complete your response sheet. We will first look at modern
poems (a.k.a. song lyrics)and then we will read some of the American classics. Your response sheet will be written
in the following format:
- Title of Song
- I. Imagery/Figurative Language: Find examples of figurative
language used by the author. Some weeks you will find only a
few. Other weeks you can find as many as ten. You will put the
word or phrase in quotes, write the type of figurative language,
and write what you believe is the author's intended meaning.
- Types of Imagery/Figurative Language
- II. Rewrite Verse: Take one verse/stanza from the poem and
rewrite it in standard prose using your own words.
- III. Theme: In two or more sentences write down what you
believe the author is saying about life. You make quote the author
to substantiate your argument.
- You will be graded based on the effort
and depth of thought you put into this assignment. The above
are the minimum requirements.
- See an Example