Like ice on a hot stove, a poem rides on its melting.


easy lesson plans charlotte danielson model state standards poetry poetsThe title of today’s blog post is a paraphrase of what poet’s famous quote? If you’re the first to guess right, you’ll earn five points of extra credit!

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Want to participate in this particular post? Then here’s what you do:

  1. Name a poet. (For Mrs. Sparhawk’s students, name the specific poet you were assigned in class.)
  2. Look online for information about that poet–Wikipedia might be helpful.
  3. List nine interesting facts you’ve learned about the poet.

It’s as simple as that!


24 responses »

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    1.Coleridge was born on 21 October 1772 in the country town of Ottery St Mary, Devon, England.
    2.John Coleridge died in 1781.
    3.Throughout life, Coleridge idealized his father as pious and innocent.
    4.The years 1797 and 1798, during which he lived in what is now known as Coleridge Cottage, in Nether Stowey, Somerset, were among the most fruitful of Coleridge’s life.
    5.In 1798, Coleridge and Wordsworth published a joint volume of poetry, Lyrical Ballads, which proved to be the starting point for the English romantic movement.
    6.In the autumn of 1798, Coleridge and Wordsworth left for a stay in Germany; Coleridge soon went his own way and spent much of his time in university towns.
    7.Coleridge’s early intellectual debts, besides German idealists like Kant and critics like Lessing, were first to William Godwin’s Political Justice, especially during his Pantisocratic period, and to David Hartley’s Observations on Man, which is the source of the psychology which is found in Frost at Midnight.
    8.Coleridge was critical of the literary taste of his contemporaries, and a literary conservative insofar as he was afraid that the lack of taste in the ever growing masses of literate people would mean a continued desecration of literature itself.
    9.In 1804, he travelled to Sicily and Malta, working for a time as Acting Public Secretary of Malta under the Commissioner, Alexander Ball, a task he performed quite successfully.

  2. My peot is William Carlos Williams.
    1.) He wrote short stories peoms, plays, novels, critical essays, an autobiography, translations, and correspondants.
    2.) He disliked Ezra Pound and T.S. Elliot’s use of allusions in their poetry.
    3.) He suffered a heart attack in 1948.
    4.) He was a mentor to young peoets.
    5.) He suffered clinical depression after his heart attack.
    6.) Before proposing to his wife, he proposed to his wife’s sister and was rejected.
    7.) His father was English, his mother was Peurto Rican mother.
    8.) His most famous work is “The Red Wheelbarrow”
    9.) He doesn’t use traditional meter in most of his poetry.

  3. 1. My poet is E.E. Cummings.
    2.He was also a painter, essayist,author, and playright.
    3.He wrote 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays.
    4.He was born in Cambridge, Massachutes.
    5.He went to Harvard University.
    6.Cimmings was drafted into the army in 1918.
    7.Cummings first marriage, to Elaine Orr, began as a love affair in 1918 while she was married to Scofield Thayer.
    8.In 1917 Cummings enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps, along with his college friend John Dos Passos.
    9.During his lifetime, Cummings published four plays.
    10.He died of a stroke on September 3, 1962.

  4. sorry Esther Spark to bring you back to the topic of the classic novels but i added a comment that is important that you read it please…(: thanks a bunch!

  5. my poet is William Shakespeare

    1.During his life, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets!

    2.Few people realise that apart from writing thirty-seven plays and composing one hundred and fifty-four sonnets, Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights.

    3.Almost four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death there are 15 million pages referring to him on Google.

    4.Shakespeare uses “dog” or “dogs” over two hundred times in his works. He was also the first writer to use the compound noun “watchdog”.

    5.Shakespeare’s works contain over 600 references to birds of all kinds, including the swan, bunting, cock, dove, robin, sparrow, nightingale, swallow, turkey, wren, starling, falcon, and thrush, just to name a few.

    6.William Shakespeare was born on April 23 and died on April 23, evidence indicates

    7.Shakespeare’s name may have meant “Shaker of Spears,” indicating warrior ancestry

    8.Shakespeare was 17 or 18 when he married. His wife, Anne Hathaway, was 26.

    9.No one knows how Shakespeare died. Among the possibilities are kidney disease, murder most foul, and too much to drink.

  6. My poet is Ezra Pound.
    1. He was born in Hailey, Idaho.
    2. He helped discover and shaped the work of many poets such as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway.
    3. Ernest Hemingway wrote this about Pound in 1925: “He defends [his friends] when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. He loans them money. … He writes articles about them. He introduces them to wealthy women. He gets publishers to take their books. He sits up all night with them when they claim to be dying … he advances them hospital expenses and dissuades them from suicide.”
    4. During World War II he was paid by the Italian government to make many radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in particular Jews.
    5. These were monitored by the U.S. government, and later he was arrested for treason by American forces in Italy in 1945.
    6. He started writing The Pisan Cantos while he was in custody in Italy. It later won the Bollingen Prize in 1949 by the Library of Congress. Hemingway later wrote, “The best of Pound’s writing—and it is in the Cantos—will last as long as there is any literature.”
    7. In 1907 he took a job as a teacher of Romance languages at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
    8. He had a love affair with wife that lasted 50 years.
    9.Pound’s lawyer, Julien Cornell — whose efforts to have him declared insane are credited with having saved him from life imprisonment in Washington D.C. for treason.

  7. My poet’s name is Maya Angelou
    1. Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.
    2. As a teenager, Dr. Angelou’s love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School. At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
    3. She finished high school, and gave birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation. As a young single mother, she supported her son by working as a waitress and cook, however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry took center stage.
    4. In 1954 and 1955, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess.
    5. In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer.
    6. Dr. Angelou read and studied French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and the West African language Fanti.
    7. Dr. Angelou wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film Georgia, Georgia.
    8. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards.
    9. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993.
    I got my information and copied it word-from-word at

  8. my poet is T.S Eliot

    Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was an American-born English poet, playwright, and literary critic, arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century.[4] The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock—started in 1910 and published in Chicago in 1915—is regarded as a masterpiece of the modernist movement. He followed this with what have become some of the best-known poems in the English language, including Gerontion (1920), The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), and Four Quartets (1945).[5] He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.[6]

    Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Eliot went east for college and was educated at Harvard. After graduation, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne for a year, then won a scholarship to Oxford in 1914. He became a British citizen at the age of 39. “[M]y poetry has obviously more in common with my distinguished contemporaries in America than with anything written in my generation in England,” he said of his nationality and its role in his work. “It wouldn’t be what it is, and I imagine it wouldn’t be so good … if I’d been born in England, and it wouldn’t be what it is if I’d stayed in America. It’s a combination of things. But in its sources, in its emotional springs, it comes from America.” Eliot renounced his citizenship to the United States and said: “My mind may be American but my heart is British”.[7] [CITED AT WIKIPEDIA.ORG]

    1.I did not know that Mr.Eliot was deceased.
    2.He went to Harvard for educational purposes
    3.He was born in Missouri.
    4.His poetry is more famous in America than in England.
    5.The poem that made his name was “The Love Song”.
    6.His brilliant works are American but his heart belongs to his british nationality.
    7.Eliot won a scholarship at oxford.
    8.He wrote seven plays that were verry famous.
    9.He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1948.

    mrs.sparhawk…you should help me find the waste land by T. S. Eliot cause it sounds really good and i think i would enjoy to read it.

  9. My poet is Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    1.Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 1803.
    2.He was named after his mothers brother Ralph and the fathers great grandmother Rebecca Waldo.
    3.After Harvard Emerson assisted his brother William in a school for young women.
    4.Emerson met his first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker in Concord New Hampshire on Christmas Day 1827, and married her when she was 18.
    5.On January 24, 1835 Emerson wrote a letter to Lydia Jackson proposing marriage.
    6.Starting in 1867, Emersons health began declining so he wrote much less in his journals.
    7.When Ralph Waldo Emersons was young his father died from stomach cancer on May 12, 1811 less than two weeks before Emersons eighth birthday.
    8.Emersons formal schooling began at the Boston Latin School in 1812 when he was nine.
    9.By his senior year Ralph Emerson decided to go by his middle name Waldo.

  10. My poet is Ogden Nash
    1.He was born on August 19, 1902
    2.He commonly appeared on comedy and radio shows
    3.His favorite NFL team was the Baltimore Colts
    4.He died of Crohn’s disease
    5.He often used old sayings in his poems
    6.There was a postage stamp that was made for him
    7.He went to Harvard college
    8.He taght at the school he attended in high school
    9.He wrote poetry about American Football

  11. Stephan Crane facts:
    1. Crane published his first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, with money borrowed from his brother. He published it under the pen name Johnston Smith. The bleak story of prostitution did not prove a commercial or critical success at the time.
    2. Crane’s wife, Cora Stewart-Taylor, owned a brothel in Jacksonville, Florida, called Hotel de Dream. She was also a writer.
    3. Stephen Crane is considered the first naturalistic American writer. As a literary theory, naturalism draws on scientific ideas (such as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution) and applies them to fiction.
    4. Crane cited the American press’ ridicule of his first collection of poetry, The Black Rider and Other Lines, as one of the main reasons he moved to England with Cora in 1897.
    5.The cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album features a small picture of Stephen Crane, along with many other celebrities.
    6.In 1896, Crane endured a highly publicized scandal after acting as a witness for a suspected prostitute. Hahaha
    7.At the time of his death, Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work.
    8.Crane wrote his first known story, “Uncle Jake and the Bell Handle”, when he was 14 years old. (Great title)
    9.He went to military school.

  12. My poet is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
    1. He was an educator.
    2. He wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride”, which I read in my language class a few weeks ago.
    3. He was a professor in Harvard.
    4. His grandfather was a general in the American Revolution.
    5. He was named after his uncle which was a lieutenant in the navy.
    6. He was fluent in Latin.
    7. He was married twice.
    8. He suffered from peritonitis.
    9. He had trouble writing poems after his second wife died.

  13. 1. Frost was born in San Francisco, California, to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie.
    2. Frost’s father was a teacher and later an editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin.
    3. In 1912 Frost sailed with his family to Great Britain, living first in Glasgow before settling in Beaconsfield outside London. His first book of poetry, A Boy’s Will, was published the next year.
    4. As World War I began, Frost returned to America in 1915 and bought a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire, where he launched a career of writing, teaching, and lecturing.
    5. Frost was 86 when he spoke and performed a reading of his poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961. He died in Boston two years later, on January 29, 1963, of complications from prostate surgery.
    6. In 1885 when Frost was 11, his father died of tuberculosis, leaving the family with just eight dollars. Frost’s mother died of cancer in 1900.
    7. Elinor and Robert Frost had six children: son Elliot , daughter Lesley Frost Ballantine , son Carol , daughter Marjorie , and daughter Elinor Bettina.
    8. Only Lesley and Irma outlived their father. Frost’s wife, who had heart problems throughout her life, developed breast cancer in 1937, and died of heart failure in 1938.

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  14. My poets name is Emily Dickinson
    1:She was born Dec.10,1886
    2:She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts
    3:she was a polific poet
    4:Her peoms were unique for that era
    5:Most of her peoms deal with death and immortality
    6:She wrote about 18 hundred peoms
    7:She was born in the middle class
    8:She was older then her brother and sister
    9:She died of bright’s disease

  15. My poets name is Walt Whitman

    1. Largely self-taught, Walt Whitman was living in New York by age 14, supporting himself by learning to set type.

    2. Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855, when he was 36 years old. The collection included twelve poems he continued to revise for most of his life. It remains his most lasting and endearing work.

    3. Because his brother George was wounded during the Civil War, Whitman became a nurse, spending most of his meager finances and time helping to heal the wounded.

    4. His admirers have included everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Jack Kerouac.

    5. Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey, in 1892. He designed his own tomb. It reads simply, Walt Whitman.

    6. By 1841 Whitman was in New York City, where his interests turned to journalism.

    7. Walt Whitman published nine separate editions of his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass.

    8. His mother is Dutch and his father is an Englishman.

    9. He read and wrote a lot, contributing to different journalistic essays, which were later on transformed into lectures and poems.

    • Kevin: If you’re going to use that much of Wikipedia’s information, word for word, then you need to cite your source. If you want to paraphrase instead, then it’s not as important that you give a citation of the web page(s) from which you gleaned your information. In truth, I ALWAYS cite a source that I’ve used online. By doing so, I’m showing respect to the work’s original author.

  16. My answer for the question is: Robert Frost. I beleive he is the author of that paraphrase.

    My Blog Post:

    My poet is Carl Sandberg and here are nine interesting facts that I found about him:
    1. He was an American writer and editor.
    2.Despite his writing, he was best known for his poetry.
    3. He won three Pulitzer Prizes.
    4.He wrote a biography of Abraham Lincoln.
    5.Sandburg’s home of 22 years in Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina, is preserved by the National Park Service as the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
    6.Carl Sandburg College is located in Sandburg’s birthplace of Galesburg, Illinois.
    7.Galesburg opened Sandburg Mall in 1974, named in honor of Sandburg.
    8.On January 6, 1978, the 100th anniversary of his birth, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring Sandburg. The spare design consists of a profile originally drawn by his friend William A. Smith (1918–1989) in 1952, along with Sandburg’s own distinctive autograph. I wonder if they did that for any other poets?
    9.The house in which he stayed in and wrote the poem “Chicago” is now a landmark in Chicago in honor of him.

  17. My poet is Edna St. Vincent Millay
    1. Edna recieved the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was known for her activism and her many love affairs.
    2.She was the third woman to win the Pulitzer Poetry Prize.
    3. Her middle name comes from St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, where her uncle’s life had been saved just before her birth.
    4. In 1904, Cora, Ednas mother, officially divorced Millay’s father for financial irresponsibility, but they had already been separated for some years. Cora and her three daughters, Edna (who called herself “Vincent”), Norma, and Kathleen, moved from town to town, living in poverty. Cora traveled with a trunk full of classic literature, including Shakespeare and Milton, which she read to her children.
    5.Millay’s grade school principal, offended by her frank attitudes, refused to call her Vincent. Instead, he called her by any woman’s name that started with a V.
    6. At 14 she won the St. Nicholas Gold Badge for poetry, and by 15 she had published her poetry in the popular children’s magazine St. Nicholas, the Camden Herald, and the high-profile anthology Current Literature.
    7. In 1923 she married 43 year old Eugen Jan Boissevain (1880–1949), the widower of the labor lawyer and war correspondent Inez Milholland, a political icon Millay had known while living in Greenwich Village.Both Millay and Boissevain had other lovers throughout their twenty-six-year marriage. Millay’s most significant such relationship during this time was with the poet George Dillon, who was fourteen years her junior, and for whom she wrote a number of her sonnets.
    8. In 1943 Millay was the sixth person and the second woman to be awarded the Frost Medal for her lifetime contribution to American poetry.
    9.Millay died at her home on October 19, 1950. Her physician reported that she had had a heart attack following a coronary occlusion. She was 58 years old.

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