Lesson 1 (from Music, Alma, On Rachmaninoff's Birthday, Poem (1))
Music, Alma, On Rachmaninoff's Birthday, Poem (1)
The collection of poems by O'Hara was written in the late 50's to early 60's. Today's objective will examine what poetry is and the forms it can take. This will help the students understand how poetry is an evolving form.
1) Class Discussion: O'Hara compiles several poems he wrote from the late 50's to early 60's. What is poetry? Poetry is defined as a literary piece expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Why is poetry important to a culture? Has poetry changed over the years? What makes a poem a poem?
2) Group Research Project: Research, via the internet or at the library, the history of poetry. Information should include the definition of poetry, how it has changed over the years and the style of poetry in the 60's. Ask the students...
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