Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why Poetry Matters: Scavenger Hunt

See previous post for Monday's homework.

In class Monday, you will meet in the room 203 computer lab.
      Feel free to bring headphones and your laptop if you like.

Wordle: Poetry Forms
Poetry Form Wordle
Poetry Scavenger Hunt;
Inquiry Leads to Discovery and Learning

We are going to crowdsource your learning about poetry via publishing to your blogs.

We've explored the poetry form of the sonnet (from Italian sonetto for "a little sound or song").
You've learned about rhyme scheme and the differences between the Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets.

Last Friday, you learned to blog - not just copying and pasting - but creating LINKS to the poets and poems while also embedding videos with HTML into your blog. Continue to tinker with layout and aesthetics of your posts.

Today, you will embark on a poetry scavenger hunt to see what you can learn and share with your classmates. On your blog, you must define and find examples of 8 of the following forms. 
Create 8 posts: i.e. one post per FORM with EXAMPLE & BIO:

I. Define the FORM "Copy and Paste" the definition  - LINK to the source.
II. Find EXAMPLES "Copy and Paste" .
               (Don't go in order - the idea is that collectively we will have all 18 covered.)
III. POET: Link to the poet's BIO

Again, Embed a link to your internet sources:
                      a. the definition
                      b. the poem via a hyperlink of the title
                      c. the poet's biography
I prefer that you NOT use basic dictionaries or wikipedia for definitions, examples, & biographies.
Explore poetry websites.

Select any 8 of these 18 poetry forms below:

1. Acrostic

2. Ballad

3. Blank Verse

4. Cento

5. Concrete Poetry

6. Elegy 

7. Epigram

8. Epitaph

9. Formal Verse

10. Free Verse

11. Ghazal

12. Haiku

13. Limerick

14. Ode

15. Pantoum

16. Sestina

17. Terza Rima

18. Villanelle

For example - definition and example with hyperlinks to sources and poet's biography:

Sonnet - "A 14-line poem with a variable rhyme scheme originating in Italy and brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, earl of Surrey in the 16th century. Literally a “little song,” the sonnet traditionally reflects upon a single sentiment, with a clarification or “turn” of thought in its concluding lines."

Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frowned,
Mindless of its just honours; with this key
Shakespeare unlocked his heart; the melody
Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch's wound;
A thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound;
With it Camöens soothed an exile's grief;
The Sonnet glittered a gay myrtle leaf
Amid the cypress with which Dante crowned
His visionary brow: a glow-worm lamp,
It cheered mild Spenser, called from Faery-land
To struggle through dark ways; and, when a damp
Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand
The Thing became a trumpet; whence he blew
Soul-animating strains—alas, too few!


As I mentioned on Friday, I was incredibly impressed by how quickly you completed the assignment in class. I am curious to see how many definitions and examples you can find in class Monday. My advice is simply to do your best - I am not expecting you to find all of these in one period (or even one night). Your homework is to continue with the assignment. 

Again, the objective in the short term is to define and find examples of at least of the 18. 

Again, be sure to include embed LINKS to the definitions and poet's bio - and hyperlinks to the URL sources of the poems. 

The goal: understand the vast variety of forms and begin to appreciate these poetic forms.
On Tuesday, we will discuss your examples in class. 

I thank you in advance for your effort on this assignment.
I know this will be a stretch exercise - please help one another out.

I am excited to see what you learn and post.

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