Daily Lessons for Teaching The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


In North and South, Bishop establishes herself as a poet who is interested in places. This theme will be carried through many of the other sections of the book. Students will explore how Bishop approaches the notion of place in this section and what part the various places play in her poems.


1. Group work: Groups will each discuss a different poem having to do with place. They will analyze what this place means to the poet and how she communicates the importance of this place in the context of the poem.

2. Group presentations: Each group will prepare a visual presentation of their poem, highlighting the place in the poem and its importance.

3. Class discussion: How similar or different are Bishop's relationships to the various places in her poetry? Why do you think she feels so connected to places in general, and these places specifically? What...

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