1. Listen OR Read the podcast script “Words that Shimmer” an interview with poet Elizabeth Alexander. ( LINK below is the interview script)


(Podcast is attached)

Write a one paragraph reaction to the interview – there’s something true for all of us about our experience with poetry – what is it?

2. View Shane Koyczan video of “This is My Voice” Words Aloud 2007, Canada ( FIND IT ONLINE/YOUTUBE) and write a one paragraph response to the video.

3.Compare and contrast; Hart Crane’s poem “To Emily Dickinson” ( FIND IT ONLINE) with Billy Collins response “Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes” (FIND IT ONLINE)

A-Start with the respective title of each poem.

B-Consider the imagery of each poem, the tone, the emotional “weather”.

C-What is each poet’s attitude toward the subject?

4- Consider “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes (FIND IT ONLINE) and “On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phyllis Wheatley (FIND IT ONLINE)

A-Do the two poets speak with a unified voice? Why or why not?

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