Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Preface)
Introduction and Preface
Poetry is literature written in metrical form. That is, it is not written in long lines and paragraphs as prose is, but the lines are "cut short" at the discretion of the poet. Poetry also has many characteristics that contribute to it such as rhyme, imagery, symbolism, metaphor, etc. Wilfred Owen was a well known World War I poet. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the writing medium of poetry, including some of its basic elements.
1) Class Discussion: What is poetry? How can you identify it by looking at it on the page? What specific qualities make a piece of writing "poetic?" What kind of poet is Wilfred Owen, according to the Introduction in Collected Poems?
2) Group Discussion: What are different literary elements that are common in poetry? Define the elements you identify. Why are they common? How do...
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