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:
- Read them. They’re fabulous, chosen specifically for you to enjoy.
- Choose 2-3 that you’d like to work on more intensely.
- 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.