Week 3

Week 3 (June 5-11):

Readings*:

  1. Maxine Kumin, “The Woodchucks
  2. Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
  3. Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning
  4. John Donne, “The Flea
  5. Countee Cullen, “Heritage
  6. Derek Walcott, “A Far Cry from Africa
  7. Wallace Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice Cream
  8. Robert Frost, “Design
  9. Thomas Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush
  10. Emily Dickinson, “[A Bird, came down the Walk]” #359
  11. Emily Dickinson, “[Wild nights – Wild nights!] #269
  12. Robert Herrick, “Corinna’s Going A-Maying
  13. Ocean Vuong, “Kissing in Vietnamese
  14. Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool
  15. Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers

*Note: This is not a typo — these are the same poems from last week. The major work of this week is to read through the instructional content and apply new concepts to poetry, so I thought I would keep the subject matter constant to make things more familiar.

 

Instructional Content:

1. Figurative Language

2. First Encounters: Local effects

3. First Encounters: Holistic Challenges

 

Task List:

  1. Monday, 6/5: View the content under “This Week” on the site banner menu for week three, including the linked poems and my instructional pages. As I say above, the poems should all be quite familiar to you, but we will be talking about them in very different ways this week.
  2. Monday, 6/5: Look at the netvibes page: if you are in the left column, you will work on irony; if you are in the middle column, work on metaphor; if you are in the right column, work on ambiguity. Compose an illustrated blog post in which you select one of the week’s poems and identify a moment in the text that is ironic, metaphorical, or ambiguous (depending on your column). Give it the title “[poem name] gloss.” Use your post’s image to amplify your gloss of the poem (for example, if you’re working on irony, use your image ironically). After you upload or link your image, make sure to explain why you chose that character or figure.
  3. Tuesday, 6/6: Take to twitter and respond to my initial prompt, which will be up by 9am EST. Remember to use the #vizpoem hashtag in every tweet for my course. But today also include a hashtag that corresponds to your Monday blog post: #irony, #metaphor, or #ambiguity. Be prepared to give examples from the poems for this week of the type of effect you studied.
  4. Wednesday 6/7: Check the netvibes page and read someone else in your column (whether or not they wrote on the poem you wrote about in your Monday blog post): edit your original post and link to one of them in order to compare your example of irony, metaphor, or ambiguity to your classmates’ examples. Also read a post from each of the other two columns and briefly reflect on the other two types of figurative language that you didn’t write on. In order to distinguish old from new writing, I recommend either reblogging the original post with some new sentences and links added, or (my preferences) editing the original, but appending some new materials.
  5. Wednesday 6/7: Begin thinking about how you could use the “First Encounters” pages to produce a close reading of one of the poems from this week by Friday. The object is to use multiple types of evidence in your reading, but not necessarily to use all of them. Tweet me a candidate for a poem to use as an example by end of day in one of my Thursday blog posts, making sure to say why. NOTE: you will not be able to use one of the example poems for your Friday post, so don’t vote for one you would like to study.
  6. Thursday, 6/8: Read my four example close readings, to be found under the Examples menu link, and tweeted to #vizpoem by noon. I will be writing on “Drummer Hodge,” by Thomas Hardy, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” by Rich, Stevens’s “Emperor of Ice Cream,” and on a mystery poem that will delight and astound. I’ll also write something up for the poem which gets the most votes from Wednesday’s twitter round.
  7. Thursday 6/8: Read my “Arguing about Poetry” blog post, also to be found under the Examples menu link. Take to twitter and tweet out the poem you want to write about on Friday, and say a bit about what you will argue. We can help each other decide how best to go about finding and using evidence on twitter.
  8. Friday 6/9: Compose a blog post in which you offer a close reading of one of the poems from this week that were not a part of my blog post examples from Wednesday (see #5 above). Link to every instructional page from this week that played a role in your reading.

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