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Post Four: Bringing It All Together Discussion The Wall Looking back over the past three weeks, you guys have examined poems for multiple techniques--the speaker, the situation, the setting, the diction, the tone, the sounds, and the patterns. This week, we're going to bring it all together to discuss the overall meaning.

First, choose one of the poems. You can choose a new one, or you can go back to your favorite.

Then, decide what you believe to be the overall meaning/purpose for the poem. What was the poet trying to say about the human experience?

Finally, decide how you know. What technique(s) did the poet use to create meaning? Ex...

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Post Three: Patterns--Sound, Rhythm, and Rhyme Discussion The Wall Most of you reading this probably love music--whether it's rap, country, pop, or rock. You listen to it, you sing it, and maybe you even write it. I'm sure you recognize the similarities between poetry and music, so this week we're going to discuss them. However, instead of just reading the poem this week, listen to it. "Hear" these poems for the sounds and patterns, much as you would hear them in your favorite song.



Directions for this post:

1) Choose one poem from your packet. Read it. Hear it.

2) Identify the poem you’re discussing.

3) Write one paragraph about the sounds ...

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Post Two: Keywords Discussion The Wall When we read poetry, it is especially important that we pay exceedingly close attention to what individual words mean—and especially to what you think might be keywords, since this is where meaning can be concentrated. Meaning can be changed immediately in a poem simply by changing the keywords used in the poem. When you’re reading a poem, it can especially helpful to identify those words which jump out at you.

You should also consider how words may carry more than one meaning. A dictionary is useful while reading poetry, especially one based on historical principles, since it will point...

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Post One: Who, What, When, Where (June 9) Discussion Summer Reading Posts The Wall **Make sure you read the "Welcome to the Summer Reading Blog" post on the front page before beginning!**

We all know that when we’re reading a piece of literature - a short story, a novel, a poem - it is important that we clarify these immediately: who, what, when, and where (why will come later). When you’re close reading a poem for analysis, it is important to immediately identify these aspects of the poem. You can’t begin analyzing the diction in the poem, the imagery in the poem, or the figurative language in a poem if you don’t at first know the who, what, when, and where of the poe...

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Do you like reading poetry? Discussion Polls
Do you like reading poetry?
Poll Ends In:7/12/2014
Yes(12)

No(10)

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What is your favorite genre of literature? Discussion Polls
What is your favorite genre of literature?
Poll Ends In:8/9/2013
Romance (7)

Horror / Thriller (7)

Fantasy / Science Fiction (12)

Historical (2)

Realistic (3)

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Do you think poetry is hard to read? Discussion Polls
Do you think poetry is hard to read?
Poll Ends In:7/12/2014
Yes(18)

No(6)

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Welcome to the Summer Reading Blog! Blog Discussion Welcome! We are so excited to have you participating in our summer reading blog! This discussion board will prepare you for your in depth analysis this upcoming school year in our AP Literature & Composition course. We will discuss the pertinent information you need to know in order to fully appreciate and understand literature. When we begin our discussions, make sure you do the following: 1) Create an identifiable name. Use your first initial/last name or some other identifiable construction (ex: kmorris). 2) Come into discussions with an open mind. The great thing about ...

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Find the Summer Reading Discussions under the "Talk About" Tab! Tab Note

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Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Bookmarks Bookmarks The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Foundation is a public benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Indiana native Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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