End of Semester Survival Guide

posted Aug 2, 2010, 10:03 AM by Leonardo Flores

Greetings and welcome back to what has been a most irregular semester. Let us hope it can end uneventfully and productively for us all. The following guide will help you sort out what remains to be done, so it can be done well and on time.
  1. Essay #2: As a safety measure to allow you to write your essay when your minds were still fresh with the subject matter, I had requested you to submit an electronic copy of your essay back in May. Most of you did, some didn't. Now that we have a couple of weeks to wrap up the semester, and in order to provide you with the opportunity to revise, seek help (from me, classmates, or the Writing Center), and turn in a better quality essay, I am moving the deadline to Wednesday, August 11. That day I want a printed copy of your essay to be turned in in class, or by 4:30 pm in my mailbox in the English Department (CH-323).
  2. Assignment Self Evaluation:
    1. Write a 1-paragraph self-evaluation of following work done this semester:
      1. Presentations
      2. Assignments
      3. Bonus opportunities taken
    2. Your criteria are the following:
      1. Did you fulfill the assignment?
      2. Did you do it on time?
      3. How would you rate the quality of your work done for each assignment?
    3. Give yourself a grade and post your self-evaluation in your course blog.
    4. This is due on Friday, August 13, 2010.
  3. Final Exam: The final exam will be a true final exam, similar to the midterm in the sense that it will test your knowledge of the history and poetics of poetry in the 20th century. You should be able to identify the poetic movement a poem belongs to, explain the poetics of that movement, and connect it with poets that influenced that particular movement. The exam will also test your knowledge and ability to use some of the critical vocabulary used for the analysis of poetry in the course. I will post the exam date as soon as I know it.

Essay #2: Research Paper on Contemporary Poet

posted May 6, 2010, 11:43 AM by Leonardo Flores

The goal of this assignment is to formulate the poetics of a contemporary poet and demonstrate it through the analysis of several representative works by that poet. The Houghton Mifflin Free Online Dictionary defines poetics as:

1. Literary criticism that deals with the nature, forms, and laws of poetry.

2. A treatise on or study of poetry or aesthetics.

3. The practice of writing poetry; poetic composition.

In order for you to successfully write this essay I suggest the following steps:

  • Select a poet from Volume 2: Contemporary of the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Choose someone that hasn’t been thoroughly discussed in class. Be adventurous, or talk to me for recommendations based on poets or movements you’ve enjoyed.
  • Read read the introduction on the poet and all of the poet’s works in our anthology.
  • Research the poet, his/her life, poetry, affiliations with poets and/or poetic movement, essays or manifestos written by the poet, and articles written about their work.
  • Formulate what you think the poet’s poetics is all about. This is your thesis statement.
  • Choose 1 long poem or 2-3 short poems by that poet and analyze and interpret it/them in light of those poetics.
  • Write your essay. Proving your thesis, supporting it with selected analysis of the poems.

Refer to the course calendar for deadline.

Midterm Exam

posted Mar 19, 2010, 11:42 AM by Leonardo Flores

3325 Midterm Exam

Looking at Poems Slideshow

posted Mar 18, 2010, 7:22 AM by Leonardo Flores

Looking at Poems

Essay #1 Example

posted Mar 3, 2010, 9:13 AM by Leonardo Flores

Here is an example of a successful Essay #1 for this course, written by Marylian Rivera-- currently a graduate student in our MAEE program.

Part of what makes this essay successful is the incorporation of sound, meaning, and Modernism into her analysis and interpretation of the poem.

Assignment #2: Lexical Analysis

posted Feb 19, 2010, 9:19 AM by Leonardo Flores

The goal of this assignment is to put in practice what you have learned about analyzing sound in poetry. For this assignment, you must select one poem from the textbook by W. H. Auden and analyze its use of sound in a short essay of approximately 300 words. In order for you to write this essay I suggest the following steps:

1. Description:

  • Paraphrase the poem (put it into your own words, in “plain” English).
  • Identify key words in the poem. What are their denotations, connotation, and frames of reference? Why was a particular word choice and not a synonym?
  • Is there any ambiguity (more than one possible denotation)
  • Identify figures of speech: metaphors, similes, metonymy, allegory, symbols, oxymorons, paradoxes, hyperboles, personifications, etc.
  • Are any traditional metaphors or symbols employed? Is their meaning adopted in traditional ways or subverted in some way?

2. Analysis:

  • Find patterns and/or variations in the items you described above.
  • Seek to explain the poet’s choices in word choices and figures of speech.
  • How are these choices meanginful in the poem?

3. Interpretation:

  • Connect patterns of meaning with your interpretation of the poem.
  • What are the poet’s strategies for using word choices and figures of speech in this poem?
  • How does understanding these strategies help us understand the poem?

4. Writing your essay:

  • Formulate a thesis statement that is based on the answers on part 3: interpretation.
  • Use the findings from parts 2 & 1 (in that order of preference) to support your thesis.
  • Select and organize your best evidence and write a short, efficient essay that proves your thesis.

You must post your essay to the course blog in the forum space provided. The last part of the assignment is to read an comment intelligently on a classmate’s analysis in a reply that is at least 50 words in length. Refer to the course calendar for deadlines.

W. B. Yeats' Mystic Vision

posted Feb 19, 2010, 9:17 AM by Leonardo Flores

Here's a good online resource on W. B. Yeats' book "A Vision" which explains much of his personal symbolism:

Explore and enjoy!

Uploading and Publishing your Presentation

posted Feb 10, 2010, 8:39 AM by Leonardo Flores

Here are a few simple steps to publish your presentation using Google Documents and Google Sites.
  1. Login to Google Documents.
    1. Click on "Upload" and upload your presentation.
    2. Edit your document to correct conversion changes.
    3. Click on "Share" menu and select "publish/embed."
  2. After publishing your document, go to the Discussion Forum.
    1. Start a new posting.
    2. The title is the name of your poet.
    3. In the body of the posting, click on "Insert" menu and select "presentation."
    4. Choose your presentation. I use the "medium" setting.
That's it!

Poetry and Meaning Workshop

posted Feb 5, 2010, 8:29 AM by Leonardo Flores   [ updated Feb 10, 2010, 8:49 AM ]

Slideshow posted!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
10:30 am

Explore how poets choose words in terms of their denotation and connotations, and how they enrich their poems with figurative language such as metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other figures of speech as well as with symbolism and allusion. Learn how to analyze metaphor and related figures of speech using George Lakoff's metaphor theory. This workshop will heighten your awareness of how metaphor is central to how we make sense out of language.

Attendance will count as .05 bonus points for your assignments grade.
To earn an extra .05 bonus points, perform a detailed metaphor analysis of a figure of speech of your choice and post it in your course blog.

Poetry and Meaning

Emily Dickinson Presentation

posted Feb 1, 2010, 7:24 AM by Jose Ricardo Padilla Guevara

Sorry it took so long to get up but the presentation is finally here.

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