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Title: American Poetry


1
American Poetry
  • -Biographies of American poets
  • -Ideologies/styles in American poetry

2
Emily Dickinson
  • Known for her unusual life of isolation.
  • Had a rift with family due to disagreement over
    religion.
  • Questioned the nature of immortality and death in
    her poems.
  • Known as a transcendentalist poet.

3
Because I Could Not Stop for Death Annotation
  1. In line 2, what adverb describes Deaths actions?
    Why is this ironic?
  2. What three scenes does the carriage pass in
    Stanza 3? What is the significance of these
    images?
  3. Paraphrase stanzas 4-6. What is she seeing? Is it
    literal or symbolic?
  4. How does this poem show qualities of
    transcendentalism?
  5. What do you think is the overall message of this
    poem?

4
Walt Whitman
  • Struggled to make ends meet his entire life.
  • Was the poet to bridge Transcendentalism and
    Realism
  • Often discussed politics and issues of human
    rights in his poems, which were long and very
    prose-like.
  • Known as the poet of democracy he was
    anti-slavery, pro-temperance, and open to all
    religions and sexualities.
  • The Beat poets of the 1950s (like Jack Kerouac
    and Allen Ginsberg) modeled themselves after
    Whitman.
  • Known as a humanist

5
Song of Myself Annotation
  • 1.  According to section 1 of the poem, what
    things seem important to the speaker, and what
    does he enjoy?
  • 2.  What is the mood of the first two stanzas in
    particular?  What words give you this sense?
  • 3.  How does the speaker of the poem feel about
    schools and other institutions (stanza 4)? 
  • 4.  How does the speaker of the poem feel about
    nature according to the beginning of section 6? 
  • 5.  What are the qualities of grass that the poet
    admires as explained throughout the stanzas in
    section 6? 
  • 6. Which lines here are similar to the ideas from
    Because I Could Not Stop for Death?
  • 7. Why do you think Whitman titled his entire
    book of poetry Leaves of Grass? 
  • 8. What realistic images are portrayed in section
    14?
  • 9. What are the connections that can be made
    between the transcendentalist, humanist, and
    realist aspects of the poem? What verses or
    stanzas support this?

6
Robert Frost
  • Attended Dartmouth College for a few months is
    known as the most famous Dartmouth dropout.
  • Also attended Harvard for some time but never
    graduated.
  • Personal life was filled with grief many deaths
    in the family.
  • Known primarily as a realist poet, for his
    realistic descriptions of rural life in New
    England

7
Nothing Gold Can Stay
  1. What is the overall message of this poem?
  2. What devices are used to get this message across?
  3. How does this poem show qualities of realism?
    Transcendentalism?

8
A Time to Talk
  1. What is the overall message of this poem?
  2. Do you agree or disagree with this message?
    Why/why not?
  3. How does this poem show qualities of realism?

9
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
  1. What two actions does the speaker engage in in
    the first stanza?
  2. What does the fact that the speakers horse must
    think it queer reveal about what the speaker is
    doing?
  3. What phrase is repeated in the poems last two
    lines? Why do you think it is repeated?
  4. What do you think is the overall message of the
    poem?
  5. How does this poem show qualities of realism?

10
The Imagism Movement
  • The Imagist movement was a style of poetry that
    was free verse (non-rhyming poems) and devoted to
    clarity of expression through the use of precise
    visual images and as few words as possible.
  • Imagism was a reaction to the flabby abstract
    language and "careless thinking" of Romanticism.
  • Imagism actually originated in Chinese and
    Japanese lyric poetry.
  • Also known as modernism.

11
William Carlos Williams
  • Imagist/Modernist poet of the early 20th century.
  • His primary occupation was as a doctor.
  • He considered himself a socialist and an opponent
    of capitalism.

12
This is Just to Say
  1. What is the intention of the speaker in this
    poem? (look at the title---what was the poem
    supposed to be?)
  2. Which details in the second stanza challenge the
    speakers sincerity?
  3. What might this poem be suggesting about people?
  4. How could this poem connect to the poets
    socialist beliefs?

13
Langston Hughes
  • Best known for his work during the Harlem
    Renaissance, which began in the 1920s was one
    of the first successful African American writers
    in the 20th century.
  • Created a bridge between Imagism and jazz poetry
    (poems with a jazz-like rhythm).
  • Left a legacy of black pride in his poems that
    some later poets considered to be too aggressive.
  • His main message in his poems was to uplift his
    people and give them hope for a better future.

14
All Dream poems
  • What is the overall message of this poem?
  • What poetic devices are used to get this message
    across?
  • Contrast How is Dream Variations different
    from the previous two poems in message, use of
    devices, and general form?
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