10H – 13 Feb 2014 – Poetry Day 2 + 2 Journal Entries

Today we’re going to start with a quick Essay Ambulance about writing straightforwardly, even in academic voice.

–>The big secret in writing? Clearer writing is always stronger.

Then we’ll finish talking about the Norman Morrison poems from yesterday.

Finally, I’m going to introduce the notion of a manuscript study (p 40-41), and we’re going to try it out on “Rink Keeper’s Sestina.”

In addition to finishing your individual time on your manuscript TONIGHT, please write TWO journal entries:

1. Compare and contrast the two poems titled “Norman Morrison” with each other. How are they different? What do they have in common? What are the central poetic devices in each one (use your vocab lit terms to help)?

2. We read “Rink Keeper’s Sestina” (page 8) in class today. Tonight, read Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sestina” (page 7). Then, make a theory about what a sestina is. It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong, but do NOT USE THE INTERNET! Use just your own brain and your two “fish.” What do they have in common? Look for similarities, for patterns, and see what you come up with.

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