When we come back from Christmas break we will immediately begin the poetry unit. Since one-third of the A.P. exam focuses on poetry, this will be an important unit. First, you will need to download the following :
Textbook: Sound & Sense: An Introduction to Poetry by Perrine and Arp (PDF)
Article: "Got Poetry?" by Jim Holt (Sunday Book Review)
For Monday, January 7. Here is what you should be prepared for:
1. QUIZ #1:
You will have a 45-point quiz over all material in Jim Holt’s article “Got Poetry?” and Chapters 1 and 2 of Poetry Sound and Sense.
2. CHOOSE POEMS:
Be prepared to submit your choice of two poems you would like to study, memorize, write about, and present during this unit. Since no one in your section may work with the same poem, you should submit one or two back-up choices as well.
How Do I Choose My Poems?
Over Christmas break, you will be choosing the two poems you want to memorize and explicate. You will choose these from a list that can be found on the “Poetry Out Loud” website. But, not just any poem qualifies. You must meet the following requirements:
1. The poem must be written by a British or Irishpoet: This includes Welsh, Scottish, and English poets. Be sure to look up the nationality of the poet!
2. The two poems must add up to a minimum of 40 full lines of poetry. Thus, you can choose a 7-line poem and a 35-line poem, two 20-line poems, etc. Be sure to do the math!
3. The poem must be found on the Poetry Out Loud list:
4. At least one of the poems must date from before 1900.
5. The poems should be ones you like, enjoy, findfascinating, etc. You get to pick them, so do a little research and find two that you really want to work with.
6. No one else in your section may be doing the same poem; that means “first come, first serve.” I’ll personally deal with tie-breakers. (You should come to class with one or two “back up” poems in case one or both of your poems is already taken.)
7. After you have your assigned poems, be sure to read or re-read the “Got
Poetry?” article (see download above) for tips on how to approach memorizing poetry.