Module 9 – Discussion: Poetry

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Respond to this discussion activity by constructing a one-paragraph argument about one of the following topics in one of this module’s assigned poems:

  • Denotation;
  • connotation;
  • figures of speech
    • simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe, overstatement, understatement, metonymy, paradox and pun.

Once you have selected a topic:

  1. Make a claim about how the literary element you’ve chosen contributes to the significance of the poem.
  2. Add evidence to support your claim in the form of a quotation to illustrate the point you are making.
  3. Add analysis by explaining how your quote proves or illustrates your claim

Poem list:

  • William Blake, “London”
  • Wallace Stevens, “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”
  • E. Cummings, “Next to of course god America I”
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Eagle”
  • William Shakespeare, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
  • Howard Moss, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”
  • Emily Dickinson, “My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Flower in the Crannied Wall”
  • William Blake, “To see a world in a grain of sand”
  • Sylvia Plath, “Metaphors”
  • Scott Momaday, “Simile”
  • Emily Dickinson, “It dropped so low—in my Regard”
  • Jill Alexander Essbaum, “The Heart”
  • Craig Raine, “A Martian Sends A Postcard Home”
  • James Stephens, “The Wind”
  • Robinson Jeffers, “Hands”
  • Margaret Atwood, “You fit into me”
  • George Herbert, “The Pulley”
  • Dana Gioia, “Money”
  • Carl Sandburg, “Fog”

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