Unit 3 Reading & Writing About Poetry



Unit 3 Reading & Writing About Poetry


You have been assigned “Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter.”

This work is on page 224 in your textbook.

Our reading for this week discusses a number of different poetic forms, beginning with the basic distinction between closed poetic forms (poems using a set, pre-established pattern of rhythm and rhyme) and open poetic forms (poems that do not use a pre-established pattern of rhythm and rhyme).

Initial post:  For this assignment, use the poem that was assigned to you in this week’s quiz, and investigate its form using one or more of these elements of poetic form that you feel are particularly important in this poem (you do not need to discuss them all):

  • rhyme
  • rhythm, meter, and cadence
  • repetition
  • diction and syntax
  • line breaks and stanza breaks

In your initial post, explain how the elements you focused on affect the way that the poem communicates its meaning to you. You may use the list of questions for analyzing poetic form in the assigned Muller and Williams chapter to get yourself started, but make sure to focus your discussion on the specific elements of form present in the poem you chose.

Please divide your posts into paragraphs for easier reading, and make sure to reference, paraphrase, or quote specific passages from the text to support and illustrate what you say (and cite the passages using MLA citation format).

Instructions: After you have made your initial post of at least 200-300 words


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