Click the following link to look at modern examples of epic poetry.
Once you have read three (3) poems, reflect on a piece of paper on the following points of thinking:
1. What is the title of the poem, and who is the author? What century is your poem from? How do you think this impacts the poem?
2. What is the author writing about? What tells you this?
3. Does the epic poem have a satisfactory ending? Why or why not? Explain.
4. Do you think the epic hero (or heroes) of the poem was successful in his/her/their journey? Explain why you feel this way.
For your first blog post, worth a quiz grade, you must write a poem about yourself through the perspective of someone else. This perspective can be through the eyes of a parent or guardian, a sibling, another family member, a pet, a teacher, a co-worker, someone at a store, or anyone else you may think of. This poem should reveal something about you without directly saying it. This poem does NOT have a set format, although it must be 10-15 lines long.
This is due at the end of class today, September 9th, 2015.
Ms. Barbour, through her dog's eyes:
When I'm hungry, she is the one I go to.
I jump up and down, up and down, up and down until she notices me.
I know it's not time for "breakfast" or "dinner" as she calls them,
but I'll try to win this battle and get my food.
If this doesn't work, she'll tell me it's too early, then wink and give me a treat.
When I'm feeling like the world is going to cave in, she's the one I trust.
She'll hold me close and scratch my ears, soothing me.
In return, I'll give her kisses and protect her from the wind, garbage truck, and doorbell to the best of my ability.
Nothing is better than when she holds me tight and says, "You're my little guy."
She is my world, and there's nobody else I'd rather have as my human.
Poetic Power runs a really cool contest where you can become a published poet!
Last semester, 11 of my students were accepted for publication.
Visit https://www.poeticpower.com/index.php?page=enter-poetry-contest to enter the contest. The deadline is this Thursday, April 16th.
Poetry Today- Ms. Barbour
IT’S NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!!!!!! Yayyyyy!!! :D :D :D :D
In honor of National Poetry Month, I am asking you to write a poem a day for the entire month of April. (Yes, that is 30 poems!) They do not have to be long. You can write about whatever you would like however you would like, or you could follow these 30 prompts.
This will be worth three test grades for the 4th marking period.
1. Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye. Use 7 of words in a poem.
2. Write about a poem about a superhero coming to your house and confronting you about something. Somewhere in the poem, you have to state what your superpower is.
3. Write an anti-love letter to someone or something. Be creative with it!
4. Make a list of seven words that have the same vowel sounds (like bee, treat, pepperoni, eagle) and use them in a repetitive way throughout a poem.
5. Write a poem about a weird fact or several odd facts that you know.
6. Write a poem in two sections about two completely different things. Have the title link both items today in a surprising way.
7. Write a poem about your favorite food.
8. Think about your favorite type of weather. Write a poem about what this type of weather makes you feel.
9. Write a poem about how awesome you are.
10. Think of a time when you were a little kid. Write a poem about it.
11. Write a poem that begins with the last thing you can remember someone saying to you today or yesterday. See if you can use that line two or three times.
12. Write a poem inspired by your favorite song or artist.
13. Write a poem as an ode to an object near you. (An ode is a poem praising a single person or item.)
14. Think of the nicest thing someone ever said to you. Write a poem about a rainy day and something flooding. End the poem with the good thing someone said.
15. Write a poem that describes your hair.
16. Make a list of ten images of things you have seen in the last 24 hours. Use all of them in a poem.
17. Write a poem that includes the word pigarlik, which is 16th century word for a bald head, which apparently resembled peeled garlic.
18. Write a poem about something small that is only 5 lines long.
19. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. If the sounds are peaceful, write a poem with a violent word as the title. If the sounds are loud, write a poem with a kind word as the title.
20. Write a poem about your shoes.
21. Write a poem with the opposite hand that you write with or if you type your poems on the computer, use only one hand to type.
22. Write a poem that only had five syllables in each line. Give the poem a long title.
23. Write a poem where the last word of the first line begins with the first letter of your name, and the last word of the second line begins with the second letter of your name until you have spelled out your first and/or your last name.
24. Write a poem that has the word “love” hidden in it somewhere. You cannot use the word “love” by itself, it must be hidden (such as in the word “glove” or in two words like “halo venom”).
25. Write a poem where a literary figure shows up and tells you something and/or gives you something.
26. Write a poem to your future self, but do not say it is to your future self, address the poem to a president or rockstar.
27. Write a poem through the voice of five-year-old you.
28. Make a list of your favorite words today. Write a poem that uses 90% of the words you wrote down.
29. Write a poem about a building that is of some significance to you.
30. Write a poem giving thanks to a poet or to writing a poem a day. Use a line from one of the poems you wrote this month to either begin or end it.
Welcome to the first week of 2015!
Here's what you can expect.
Monday, 1/5 (B Day)
Wednesday, 1/7 (D Day)
Thursday, 1/8 (A Day)
Friday, 1/9 (B Day)
Monday- Portfolios due!! This is worth TWO test grades. We will be sharing selected poems in class.
Tuesday- We will begin discussing and writing villanelle poems.
Wednesday- No Class :( HOWEVER there is a Slam Poetry Club meeting after school in C321. :)
Thursday- You will have the class period to write your villanelles AND help prep for the District Showcase on Saturday.
Friday- Villanelles due!! We will workshop and share our villanelles in class.
Saturday- EXTRA CREDIT! Come represent the FHS Slam Poetry Club at the District Showcase and I will adorn you in donuts, love, and extra credit points. You MUST dress "professional yet personable," aka no inappropriate or questionable clothing items, no ripped clothing, no over excessive amounts of skin showing, etc.
Ms. Barbour is an 11th grade English and Poetry teacher at Franklin High School.