Monday, October 27, 2014

Poetic Structures Project

Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Writing

Poetic Structures Project
*To practice researching and presenting new information related to our course of study.
*To practice analyzing a new poetic form using what we have learned throughout the unit about poetry.
*To practice utilizing what we have learned in order to create our own, original pieces.  

Now that we have spent quarter one learning about poetry, it is time for you to show off what you know about poetic analysis and to teach something to your peers in the process.  You will be selecting a specific poetic form and teaching your classmates about it.  Beyond the basics of what the form is, you will walk the class through an analysis of a sample, professional poem written in that structure, and you will present your own, creative piece.  

Part 1--Background Knowledge

Before you can write in a certain poetic form--or even present its characteristics, for that matter--you need to know what it is.  

  1. Read the packet that I provide you on the poetic form of your choice.  (You need to stick with the one that you select as each person needs to do a different form.  Swaps only will be considered under extenuating circumstances.)  

  1. Find two additional sites that provide you with information on your chosen form.  Make sure that these are credible sources.  The information should mesh with and build upon what I provide you in my short handout.  
    1. Take notes on what this source tells you.  You will need them later!!!!  I will be looking for them!!!
    2. Jot down the citation information for your source.  This does not have to be in MLA format yet.  

  1. Answer the following questions about your chosen form:

  • Source #1:  

  • Source #2:

  • Any other sources you needed to consult:

  • What is the name of your form?

  • What would you say is the dictionary definition describing this poetic form?

  • When did it originate?

  • Where did it originate?

  • From your sources, can you tell if it is a commonly used structure?  Now?  Sometime in the past?

  • Is there someone credited with its invention?  Give some information on said person.

  • Is there a set meter for your poetic structure?

  • Is there a set rhyme scheme?

  • What other requirements does your poetic structure have?

  • Create a visual representation of what your poetic structure looks like.  For example, if I was to map a Haiku, my representation might look like this:
7 syllables presenting a 1st idea or image
5 syllables presenting a cutting word that separates and/or shows how the 1st and 3rd lines are related.
7 syllables presenting a second idea or image.  

  • Why might an author use this poetic structure?  What is unique about it?  How might it help to convey meaning?  (Consider the devices that the poem uses.  Does it force repetition?  Does it force rhyme?  Is there another key component? How could these aspects meet with meaning?

  • Fun facts about your poetic structure?

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