ENG 4U: Today, You Are a Poet

Congratulations! You and your partner have finally been given credit for the incredible poetry that you wrote under those pseudonyms. What were they? Shakespeare? Dickinson? Donne? It doesn’t really matter. Finally, you can leave these fake names behind, and embrace your talent for verse. Still, don’t expect everyone to instantly believe you.  On Monday,  you will confront the press in an attempt to prove the poetry is yours.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Find your poem. It is in the textbook, so this shouldn’t be hard to do. You better do this quickly, however; this class is full of hacks who will steal other’s poetry without a second thought. Thankfully, you and your partner have loads of talent. The poems can be found on pages 2-120 in Echoes; find yours fast! 
  2. Read over your work a few times. Good, isn’t it? Try to remember why you wrote it. What was your inspiration? Be prepared to talk about this for a good minute or so.
  3. You are probably going to have to work a little harder to convince the Press that you wrote this poem. Talking about the structure of your work will probably help. Pages 5-23 of Guide to Language, Literature, and Media will help considerably; don’t forget about the handout we looked at earlier in the week:
  • What is the rhythm or meter of your work?
  • What literary devices did you use in your work? Did you use figurative or aural imagery?
  • What is the mood of the poem?
  • What is the structure of the poem? Is it a ballad? Is it an epic? Why did you choose this particular structure for your work?


Last words of advice

You wrote this poem.  Explain it with confidence!


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