Week 4

Week 4 (June 11 – 17): Visual Imagery, Imagism, and Anthropomorphic Poems


Poems useful for learning about poetic imagery:

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight
  2. William Carlos Williams, “Portrait of Lady
  3. Robert Frost, “Once by the Pacific
  4. Robert Frost, “The Most of It
  5. Emily Dickinson, “[I heard a Fly buzz– when I died] (591)
  6. Isaac Rosenberg, “Break of Day in the Trenches
  7. W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium

Imagist Poems (these are all really short):

  1. Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro” (this is not a broken link)
  2. William Carlos Williams, “Poem (As the Cat)
  3. William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow
  4. D. H. Lawrence, “Green
  5. Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Anthropomorphic poems:

  1. Elizabeth Bishop, “Sandpiper
  2. Marianne Moore, “He ‘Digesteth Harde Yron‘” (I’ll just tell you, this one is about an ostrich)
  3. D. H. Lawrence, “Whales Weep Not
  4. Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussycat
  5. Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (You actually only need to read it once, but it applies to both categories)

Instructional Content:

  1. Poetic Imagery
  2. Pastoral imagery
  3. The Sublime
  4. Imagism
  5. Anthropomorphism/Personification
  6. The Inhuman Sublime


Task List:

  1. Monday, 6/11: View the content under “This Week” on the site banner menu for week four, including the linked poems and my instructional pages. The poems this week are in three groups of five corresponding to the three subsections in the instructional pages.
  2. Monday, 6/11: Look at the netvibes page: if you are in the left column, you will work on pastoral and sublime imagery; if you are in the middle column, you will work on imagism; if you are in the right column, you will work on animal personification. Compose an illustrated blog post in which you select one of the five poems in your subsection, find an image portrayed within the poem, and find an internet or self-created image that you think conveys how that image “looks” in the poem. Give your post the title “[poem name] image.” After you upload or link your image, make sure to explain why you chose that character or figure. Embed a Soundcloud file of you reading your poem for the sake of consistency and to keep in practice.
  3. Monday, 6/11: Popcorn Poem time! Starting on Monday morning, I will tweet out the first of a series of tasks, and mention the person who should tweet next. NOTE: I’m starting the activity at the beginning of the week this time, because last go-around we did not have full participation. I advise mentioning those participants who have been regularly tweeting up to this point before calling out somebody you haven’t heard from on my #Vizpoem Twitter feed yet. We need to finish #popcornpoems activity by Friday at end of day. Be sure to include both #vizpoem and #popcornpoems hashtags in every tweet for this activity, and to spell them correctly.
  4. Tuesday, 6/12:  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. This will be an exercise in using twitpics to illustrate one of the poems from this week, so be ready to share and appreciate each other’s sharing! The prompt is already described at the end of the Poetic Imagery page, if you want to think ahead.
  5. Tuesday, 6/12: Read my illustration post about imagery and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” to be found under the Examples menu link, and tweeted to #vizpoem by end of day. I’m writing these for you, you know.
  6. Wednesday 6/13: 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 attempt to match a digital image to a poetic image with your classmate’s attempt. Also read a post from each of the other two columns and briefly reflect on the other two types of poetic imagery 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.
  7. Thursday, 6/14: Take to twitter for another twitpic twitterstorm! I will send out a prompt about one of the poems for this week, and specify what sort of images I’m looking for. Be ready to share and appreciate each other’s sharing! NOTE: If you travel down to the Sunday link (#8) you’ll see we have another recap blog post due — so it’ll be for the best if you favorite or otherwise copy tweets that you plan to narrate in your post as it’s going along rather than combing through tweets later on.
  8. Friday 6/15: Compose a blog post in which you edit your close reading from last Friday (see this link for more details). Edit the original and extend it to account for the imagery of the poem. Link to any course pages from this week that influenced your thinking.
  9. Sunday, 6/17: Compose a reflective recap blog post that mentions and embeds at least three tweets (yours can be included) as you display the ones you felt were most successful in speaking for the class consensus about the poetic imagery.

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