As you read the early pages of Philip Levine's What Work Is, consider how Levine
creates a narrative arc as he moves between poems: what connects the poems in these
Connections among these early poems might include recurrent patterns in the
Analysis of Pyro
I was rather confused by a section of Pyro. The beginning of the poem seems straightforward enough,
burning things, corpses, even a narrative of a person who is doing so. But it takes a sudden turn on the
"Hours now, by the t
Here are several in an ongoing list of poetry experiments. Try them all, with the goal of writing
poems that challenge your typical manner of composition. Use these ideas to generate new work
when your own ideas are not coming to you.
1] Read "The Stanza,
In this forum, please discuss one of the poems from Dana Levin's Sky Burial. You may
choose from any of the poems on pages 23-47, as well as any of the poems that we
read for Tuesday's class. Your goal: examine your confusion and address it.
1] Choose a p
It's hard for me to point to a poem and say, "There, that's my style, that's what I write,"
but this poem in particular is seemingly the worst choice in that respect because it's
based on another poet's work. Despite that, producing it
ENGLISH 385/ POETRY WRITING
2nd Poetry Mini Portfolio
Due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, by 4:00 pm in my office doors drop box
This collection of poetry should include 4 poems:
1] One revised poem. Please include the first draft.
2] At least one of
For your second workshop poem, due Sunday by 4:00 pm, I would like you to work on two
levels at once.
First, on the level of form:
1] Re-read "The Stanza," 136-155, in The Making of the Poem. Consider how the pacing of
a poem is affected by stanza length
I work my way to class, one
plodding footstep in front of the other,
trying to keep the morning scowl from my face
when, at just the right angle, the sunlight hits
the cobwebs, that span the length from
floor to branch like long, fine, silvery
Write a sonnet that contains these elements:
1] 14 lines
2] an octave and a sestet
3] awareness of the turn or volta between lines 8 and 9.
4] awareness of the argumentative structure of a sonnet. You could think of sonnets as binary, or
as a double narra
In this forum, please post one of your poems, along with a paragraph that discusses the poem, its
strengths, weaknesses, strategies. Tell us how the poem reflects your own interests and/or aesthetic
practices; tell us why this poem is important to you. Th
At Window View
I still see you
Staining the snow at my
Door step. You are the brown
Patchy shadow of grass
In my backyard.
I know you see me too.
As the bench with the cardinal
That pecks. Or the puddle of melted
Ice cream, at the end of the barbecue.
In this forum, please post your analysis of the musical strategies at work in a poem of your choosing from
Pinsky's Singing School, section II. Here's how: after reading Section II, 1] choose one poem whose
sound strategies particularly interest or compel