Focus: How does poetic form contribute meaning? In other words, how is order brought to chaos?
1. Warming up with a little Greek mythology: The Myth of Echo (read from Book III of Ovid's Metamorphoses)
2. Discussing "An Echo Sonnet: To an Empty Page" in groups of four
a. Read through it without the echo, as though it were a traditional sonnet. How does this change the poem's meaning? In other words, what does the echo contribute to the poem's meaning?
b. Where did you section the poem? How did you figure it out? What's each section about?
c. Look to all the places where "you" and "your" are referenced. Who is the "you"?
d. Think of the poetic devices we've studied so far (imagery, diction, extended metaphor, alliteration, assonance, euphony, cacophony, rhyme, shift words, punctuation, syntax, point of view, enjambment...); which ones play an important role in this poem? What did they unlock for you?
3. Exploring the rubric and a few sample essays
4. Peer editing your timed writings
1. Please read the next four chapters (5, 6, 7, and 8) in Beloved by this Friday. For your reading ticket, please find one word that you've taken notice of in the novel so far (perhaps because it's repeated, or because Morrison's using it in a new way), and type a paragraph or two exploring its meaning. Please include at least one textual passage in your response.
2. Next poetry response due next Monday. HARD COPIES only, please.
3. Critical review books--set aside some time this weekend to read.