Lesson 5

Lesson 5: Due October 1st and 5th

We’ll begin our section on poetry by just reading poems. Read all of the poems in the pages below. Read them a few times. Try reading some of them out loud. Pay attention to how they sound, how they feel. If the poem tells a story, try to identify some of the features we studied in short stories: plot, setting, point of view, theme.

Do not give up on a poem because you can’t understand it. Poetry is not necessarily for understanding. If you are frustrated by lack of meaning, you can think of poetry as an evocation, more like a song. Imagine that you cannot even understand English, is there a particular emotion or atmosphere conveyed just though the sounds of the language?

What to Read

  1. Emily Dickinson (600-603)
  2. T.S. Eliot (618-622)
  3. Stevie Smith (626-627)
  4. Theodor Roethke (629)
  5. Gwendolyn Brooks (534, 638, 680-681)
  6. Dwight Okita (700-701)
  7. “Metaphor and Simile’ (512-513)

Question 3

Using the internet or other source, learn about one of the authors whose poem(s) you read. Provide a little of this information, and develop a question about one of the poems using the information you learned. Wednesday

Discussion 4

A. Listen to



How did hearing the poems being read by their authors affect your experience of them? Which other poem would you want to hear out loud? Give some explanation. Wednesday

B. Answer another student’s Question 3. Sunday

Informal Writing Assignment 4

Read pages 512-513. Metaphor and simile are poetic devices that people use in all kinds of situations in which an explanation is extremely complex. Scientists, for example, often use metaphor or simile to explain phenomena that it takes specialized knowledge to fully comprehend. Everyday emotions and ideas can also be difficult to express simply. For this assignment, you will use metaphors or similes to describe the poems.

Choose 4 of the assigned poems. Decide on a metaphor or simile that best conveys your experience of the poem. Elaborate on your idea for each in a paragraph. (4 paragraphs total)

Lesson 5 Submission Checklist