What is Poetry? An introduction to poetry Click on Hyperlinks to see video content throughout the PowerPoint Writing Prompt We all lose things in life that are uniquely special to us: a wool scarf knitted by a beloved friend, a letter opener that belonged to a grandfather, a stuffed animal won for a daughter at a state fair. Life moves forward and so do we. We misplace the things we love. We lose them. Write a poem about an object that has disappeared from your life. Announcements! • If you want to submit your work- poetry, flash fiction, persuasive, nonfiction, or journalism to Best American Teen Writing, the deadline is January 6th. See Ms. Rolfe for details. • Publishing is fun! Seriously, it is. One of my poems came out in a book this week. Look here it is on Amazon! Impressive! Why study poetry? Mr. Keating can answer this better than I can… A Few Words from Billy Collins on Writing/ Reading Poems Is this poetry? What makes it poetry? How about this? The Red Wheelbarrow William Carlos Williams so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. Or is this what we normally think of? But if that is poetry, what’s this? Or this? Jim Carroll "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain" A note on poetry… I realize some of you are very afraid of poetry. I realize some of you really hate poetry. I think hating poetry is like hating music in general. There are so many different kinds of poets and poems. I am certain we will search until we find what speaks to you. All I ask this six weeks is that you keep an open mind and you try new things. Some of the things I will ask you to do on the next slide you might groan about. I know I dreaded analyzing poems in college. Seriously, Ezra Pound almost gave me a nervous breakdown. But I assure you, we will work through this process together and it will help you. Analyzing poems is good for your brain. Also, writing poems is fun. Trust me. It really is. And the beauty of them is there are no rules and they can be short! A Few Things We’re Going to do this six weeks… • We’re going to read and analyze poems so we can fully understand how they are constructed. I am going to give you a handout to help guide you in that process. • You are going to pick one poet to study this six weeks. You will pick one of their books to read during our SSR time. I promise we’ll do it this time! You will write a short “close reading” annotation on this poet. (Don’t worry, we’ll work on it in class!) • Most classes will be structured with the Read, Write, Share model. Meaning we read and analyze together, do an assignment based on what we read and then we share with one another. Sharing your work is an important part of the writing process. 16 Bars for Kendrick Lamar Today’s Assignment • Write “16 Bars” for someone you admire.