Poetry essay assigned (A, H)

Submissions will be accepted with no late penalty until Friday 3/3

Suggested length: 2 pages

Pick a prompt:

  1. Look back over all the poetry we have read for class. Choose one poem that I gave you to analyze further. For example, you could explore and explain one of the potential messages/meanings of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens. Or you could write more about “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye or “Why I Am Not a Painter” by Frank O’Hara. Or, you could also analyze one of the poems by Billy Collins that we looked at before break, and explain how the accompanying video complements the meaning or style of the poem.
  1. Explain which translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem you consider to be the most effective in terms of use of language. The two translators are Kidder and Bly.

Another option for this prompt: If you speak another language, find the original version of a well known poem and the translation into English. Compare and contrast the original and the translation. Does the translation capture the original? How or how not? Note: Neruda’s odes were originally written in Spanish and could be suitable for this prompt.

Whichever prompt you choose, you MUST cite lines from the poem to support your ideas. Think of this assignment as an opportunity to apply your poetry knowledge. Interpret meaning and message. Point the reader to specific stylistic elements and poetic devices. If you feel stuck, look back at all we have done and discussed these last few weeks.

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