Monday, October 30th

Monday, October 30th

  • We discussed the Lit Journal Exploration Project, which will be due on November 27th and the brief paper for which will be included in your final portfolio
  • Before we talked about the detail question today, we discussed the basics of poetic meter, focusing on the Big Five metrical patterns: iambs (a short stress followed by a long stress, ex: “But SOFT what LIGHT through YONder WINdow BREAKS”), trochees (a long stress followed by a short stress, ex. “TYger TYger BURning BRIGHT IN the FORests OF the NIGHT”), dactyls (one long stress followed by two short ones, ex.  “HALF a league, HALF a league, HALF a league ONward”), anapests (two short stresses followed by one long one, ex: “Twas the NIGHT before CHRISTmas and ALL through the HOUSE”), and spondees (two long stresses that directly follow each other, ex “and the MOON ROSE OVer an OPen FIELD). The process of figuring out these meter patterns is called scansion. 
  • Detail Question: You all scanned your names (lots of trochees!) and clapped them out
  • We read and scanned the Poem of the Day, “The Spring and the Fall” by Edna St. Vincent Millay and then talked about its scansion and how the sound patterns are used

Homework for Wednesday, November 1

  • Choose: A literary journal to explore by going to the Poetry Resources pages on this blog, looking over the journals, and then Emailing Miss Cole ( with your top three choices. I’ll give the journals to the first person that emails me and do my best to accommodate everyone’s first choice.
  • Read: A couple of sonnets: “The Lull” by Molly Peacock, “Wave” by Don Patterson, “Country Song” by A.E. Stallings and “Worth” by Marylin Nelson
  • Write:  Keep working on your poem drafts! Here’s another prompt for you to try:

Take one (or several!) of the metrical patterns we discussed today and play with it. Try to write, intentionally as you can, in a kind of meter. It doesn’t all have to be the same meter (think about how “The Spring and the Fall” alternates between anapests and iambs and then that important trochaic line at the end), but do use meter as a consideration


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