2250/H Day 6—publishing, clichés, and neoformalist sonnets

Who will bring poems for workshop next time?
Due Next Time—Neoformalist poem
Check the web calendar for readings!  Touchstones/Warp n Weave etc.

You will be commenting on Free Verse Imagery poems for next time—see Canvas Announcements for groups
Speculative Works—any genre
Commercial works
Stevan Todorov’s The Fantastic

Neoformalist Poems—yours is due next time

Vocab du jour:

Plath du jour:

Publishing short works

Look at your Free Verse Imagery Poems













Lee's Lecture Notes Day 6:

  1. Publishing--Literary vs. Genre

    Cover Letters

    Flat or cliched areas in the published pieces...


    guided journaling...
    1. Senses Metro p. 56
    2. Metaphors Metro p. 95, 97
    4. Seeing form in formlessness Metro p. 179...
    And being open to Bly's idea of leaps, or hops that "resist paraphrase" (Ostrom 181), or resist easy representation or communication (journalism is for communication; creative writing is for pushing boundaries of meaning and sound, at least for some authors); leaps and fragmentation in modernist literature like Stein's Tender Buttons, Picaso's cubism; later artists like Kandinsky seemed to get away from representation all together

    3. FORM!
    3. Dylan Thomas' Villanelle.
    4. Thinking about Plath--"Cut" or Elm and metaphors and similes; Annotations on Tulips

    5. Reading poetry...start with what you understand (setting; who speaks or controls--persona; aboutness; ground/situation of the poem); if you only understand one image, start with that...
    6. Vocabulary du jour: alliteration, assonance, consonance; anaphora; 
    8. Lee's rant about having something "at stake" in your writing (and focusing on sensory detail and/or imagery); Frost on Surprise
    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...

    A critique of neo-formalism by Ira Sadoff

  2. ??More on Imagery, Sound, and the Sonnet
    Readings Due Before Class:
    --Read Ariel through p. 40 (through "Medusa"--click here to access the TOC of the original publication if you are reading the restored Ariel)
    --Handout: Studies on Contemporary American Poets at http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17149  (take notes on the new things you learn)

    Assignments Due Before Class:


    read and reply to transformation poems and neo-formalist poems...
  3. Your sonnets: image and violation
  4. Thinking about Plath--"Cut" or Elm and metaphors and similes; Annotations on Tulips


Alternative Notes Lee Might Discuss:

  1. Dylan Thomas' Villanelle.