Poetry, Careful Observation, and Critical Thinking

Essential Questions

  • What is poetry? What is the human impulse to use words to create patterns of sound, meaning, and visual aesthetics?
  • How does poetry force us to think and look differently at the world?
  • How does poetry deepen our understanding of the ways that writers use poetic language, techniques, and devices to construct meaning while also providing pleasure?
  • What are some of the distinctive features of different poetry movements including style, structure, and theme?  How do these features help to shape meaning?

Selected Poems

Thurs 4/26

“The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”

What is modernism?

  • If it’s a rejection of the past, what is the past that these artists are rejecting?
  • What is their present?

Reading the poem

  • Working with your partner, explicate your stanza(s) of the poem.  What is happening?
  • What imagery stands out to you?
  • What language is important?
  • What attributes make this a modernist poem?
  • Create an image response to accompany your section.

Fri  4/27

cont. with Prufrock

Mon 4/30
Tone & Speaker in poetry

  • What is tone?
  • How do we identify tone?
  • How does tone contribute to theme?

Reading the lyrics of Bigmouth Strikes Again what is your sense of tone?  How do they differ from the tone of the song?  What is the speaker suggesting?


  • How do we identify speaker?
  • What does the use of speaker suggest about the poem?
  • Reading Thomas Hardy’s “The Ruined Maid” and Dorothy Parker’s “A Certain Lady”

HW: Reading and annotating handouts on The Sounds of Poetry & reading Ch 5 The Sounds of Poetry to p. 219 *take notes on key terms

Tues 5/1
Poetic form Poetic Verse Forms – the Ultimate Packet

  • Working with your group, you will work through the packet, explicating the poems, paying attention to form, sound, and other poetic devices
  • How does the form enhance and/or support ‘meaning’?

HW: cont. reading and explicating the packet

Wed 5/2

Thurs 5/3
Working with Sound Devices in Poetry

Group work on poems-how are sound devices contributing to the interpretation

HW: Classroom response and continue to study terms

Fri 5/4
Reviewing for AP Lit Exam

Texts you’ve read and Mini-Workouts

Mon 5/7
AP Practice and Poetry Assignment

Tues 5/8
Final AP Practice

Wed 5/9
AP Lit Exam

Thurs 5/10
Work day on final assignment

Fri 5/11
Work day on final assignment


Mon 5/14

Tues 5/15
Work day on final assignment

Wed 5/16
Workday on final assignment

Thurs 5/17
Workday on final assignment

Fri 5/18
Assignment due