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You’ve been reading poems by a famous poet. Maybe you hate his/her poems. Maybe you love them. Maybe you like some and don’t like others.
For today’s blog comments, please post a poem and analyze it. What do you think of that poem? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Why? What makes you feel so strongly about this particular poem?
Here’s the assignment in a nutshell:
- Tell me the title of the poem.
- Name the poet who wrote that poem.
- Type at least one stanza from that poem (5 lines or more).
- Write a few sentences describing what you really think of that particular poem. (Use appropriate langauge, of course.)
- At the bottom of your entry, give the title of the book from which you copied that poem, and give the page number, just because it’s a good idea to cite your source.
How simple is that?
Here’s an example:
- “The Pied Piper of Hamlin“
- by Robert Browning
- …In Transylvania there’s a tribe/Of alien people who ascribe/The outlandish ways and dress/On which their fathers and mothers having risen/Out of some subterraneous prison…/So Willy, let me and you be wipers/Of scores out with all men–especially pipers!/And, whether they pipe us free from rats or from mice,/If we’ve promised them aught, let us keep our promise!”
- Most people are familiar with “The Pied Piper of Hamlin”, a tale in which a town is infested with rats. A piper comes to rid the town of their vermin, but when they refuse to compensate him as per the agreement they’d made, the magical piper steals their children from the people of Hamlin town. I love this poem, partly because it’s just a fun narrative to read to children, and also because it has a good moral. In this last line, it says, “If we’ve promised them aught, let us keep our promise!” What a good moral this tale has! People should keep their promises.
- Book title: POEMS OF ROBERT BROWNING (Edited by Donald Smalley); my quote comes from page 82.
A few tips about quoting poetry:
- The / mark is what you write, when you come to the end of a line. Use this only if you’re writing prose, but including lines of poetry therein.
- It’s a good idea to put quotation marks around the titles of short poems. Epic poems get underlined, italicized (if typed), or in a blog comment, you can just put them in ALL CAPS.
- The elipsis (…) is used to show that your quote skipped around from one section to another.
I look forward to reading your comments! Which poem will you choose?