30 January 2012

Today we’ll meet in the lab to work on Task 4 and on your Sestina.  A reminder that Task 4 is due by the end of the trimester, but your Sestina is due tomorrow.

In terms of ground rules for the sestina, let me offer a few guiding lights:

  • USE evocative words as your end words (specific nouns, active verbs).  This actually helps the poem to have some movement.
  • DO NOT USE end words that are pronouns (he, she, you, this, that), articles (the, a, an) and weak verbs (to be, to have)

Think about rink keeper–fury, pleasure, hockey, Esposito, slapshots.  Or think about Elizabeth Bishop’s sestina–house, grandmother, child, stove, almanac, tears.  These are not cop-out words!  🙂


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