8-10 February 2012

We have lots of remaining poems in our packet. Over the next three class days, I’d like to ask you to do a variety of things with those poems:

  1. Read them.  They’re fabulous, chosen specifically for you to enjoy.
  2. Choose 2-3 that you’d like to work on more intensely.
  3. For each of the poems you choose, do the following
  • Manuscript study (observations, chunks and questions)–directly on the text
  • Answer your questions using evidence from your observations–directly on the text OR in your journal
  • Write out an interpretation for the poem–in your journal

The interpretation is basically a chance for you to practice explicating.  On page 7 and 8 of “The Gentle Art of Explication,” you’ll see a sample poem and a sample explication that you can use to guide you.  There are also lots of other tools for explications in “The Gentle Art.”  While this isn’t yet a formal explication, it is practice for one, so use all the tools available.

Why practice?  Well, because Task 5 is an explication of a poem.  This sets you up for success because you can into the guts of a poem and mess around a little and try to build the bones of an explication…and get feedback from me before you face down Task 5.

And I am giving you the time and space to do this in a quiet, concentrated way.  So enjoy.  And get busy.


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