Bradstreet Poetry Unit

Warm up 9-1-2100
Think of two things and write a brief
account of both: First, think of a time
when you realized just how much you
loved someone in your life. Second,
think back on a bad experience which
left you wondering… “Why
Warm Up 9-2-2011
Looking back on your journal entry
from Tuesday, is it possible that one
supreme being could be responsible
for inspiring such different emotions?
Let’s SALSA!
*Show actions that facilitate learning for the
self and others
*Actively participate and be cognitively
*Learn to be open to new learning
*Study even when you don’t think you need to
*Act with a positive attitude
Some vocab you need &
inverted syntax: reversal of the expected order of words.
iambic pentameter: a common meter in poetry
consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents,
each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an
accented syllable (samples coming up)
archaic language: words that were once commonly used
in the past but are now considered old-fashioned
Guiding Question
How much do material things mean to
Bradstreet Poetry
Author p76 and Background
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” is an
example of the Puritan belief that domestic
bliss was a blessing that came from God.
“Upon the Burning of our House” reveals
Bradstreet’s struggle to reconcile herself
with a devastating material loss.
First, we need to discuss iambic pentameter
Iambic pentameter
Shakespeare’s sonnets are written predominantly in a
meter called iambic pentameter, a rhyme scheme in
which each sonnet line consists of ten syllables. The
syllables are divided into five pairs called iambs or
iambic feet.
An iamb is a metrical unit made up of one unstressed
syllable followed by one stressed syllable. An
example of an iamb would be good BYE. A line of
iambic pentameter flows like this:
baBOOM / baBOOM / baBOOM / baBOOM /
Here are some examples from the
When I / do COUNT / the CLOCK / that TELLS /
the TIME (Sonnet 12)
When IN / dis GRACE / with FOR / tune AND /
men’s EYES/ I ALL / a LONE / be WEEP / my
OUT/ cast STATE (Sonnet 29)
Shall I / com PARE/ thee TO / a SUM / mer’s
DAY?/ Thou ART / more LOVE / ly AND / more
TEM / per ATE (Sonnet 18)
Now, let’s read Upon the burning
of Our House….
Now, read To My Dear and Loving
Husband, discuss with your
neighbor questions 6-8 on pg 80
then look back here for your
Personal Poem
You will write a poem addressing the experiences
covered in Thursday’s journal.
Choice A: This poem will be a minimum of 12
lines long, in iambic pentameter, as a tribute to
someone important in your life.
Choice B: The second poem will be a minimum of
12 lines long, written in iambic pentameter,
attempting to explain a bad experience.
Let’s discuss the importance of using
literature to help explain what often seems
to be an incomprehensible concept: the
belief that one God can be responsible for
both good and bad things in one’s life.
Complete poetry assignment
Due on Tuesday, September 6, 2011!