2250/H Day 5
Web Calendar Readings and Assignments due

Work due to Canvas Jan. 26


Getting Low on the Scale of Abstraction

Inhabiting and Transforming a Poem, Metro p. 18-19+; or Imagery/Metaphor Poem

Making comments on literature—for workshops and reading reactions



Touchstones/Warp n Weave






1. Your ex. 2 poem transformations and form and imagery, concrete and metaphorical

2. Metaphors and Plath's Metaphors poem; Morning Song; Lady Lazarus

1. Plath's revision notes from the Restored Ariel (the poem was originally 4 pages long, but is now not even 1.5 pages long)
2. Plath's Ariel--much more dense than Morning Song...(a lot of internal allusions to her other works)
. The genres of writing--what is poetry (given forms?)?  what is non-fiction (first POV?  James Frey and "Truthiness" and ethics)?  what is fiction (3rd POV?)?  
4. Exercise 3
6. Poetry vocabulary.
7. Reacting to in-class readings  (samples). 

6. The Beats and Howl (and more about political poems)
1. Share exercises--The genres of writing--which genre was hardest for you?
2. Thinking about poetic movements--Romanticism (Keats) vs. Modernism vs. Confessionalism (Lee's ism lecture), TS Eliot's modernist"Prufrock" or hear Prufrock vs. Plath's Lady Lazarus vs. Keats' Ode On a Grecian Urn: why it seems easy by J. Robinson; what an Ode is from Wikipedia..

8. Elektra (in her many mythological, theatrical, theoretical, and pop-culture forms) and Hacker's neo-formalist sonnet.

Electra in Plath and Sexton

Plath reading "Daddy" (includes images from her life?)

?Today In Class? Reply to other poems from peers in Canvas.

Getting ideas for our neo-formalist poem...quotes, headlines, eavesdroppings, obsessive observations (like with Frost's Design sonnet p. 306)

Looking as meter in poems etc.; the meter in Hamlet (Patrick Stewart version; Act 1, Scene 2); the meter in The Smiths' lyrics? Or Lady Gaga lyrics?

Carefully read the six imagery poems in the handout from Whitney above. Think about abstract language vs. concrete language: how do some of these writers get away with saying a word like "love" or "suffering" in their poems? Think also about how these writers defy the conventions of so called "correct" writing--some don't use punctuation or adhere to traditional grammatic rules at all. Also, think about form. What makes a poem a poem? Obviously nowadays it doesn't have to rhyme . . . so one big question is, what makes this stuff poetry?