The Practice of Poetry Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robin Behn
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many exercises are included in "The Things of This World: Image and Metaphor?"

2. "Getting at Metaphor" was written by which author?

3. What famous woman is referred to in this section?

4. The author claims that poems created in this way will be:

5. How long should one chant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important to experience writing in another person's voice?

2. Explain the technique used in "Who We Were" by Edward Hirsh. What is the expected end result?

3. Explain the purpose of presenting exercises to be used in groups.

4. What is the main purpose of "The Things of This World: Image and Metaphor?"

5. Why does Michael Pettit refer to the work of Walt Whitman?

6. What type of audience is most suited to the exercise in "The Widow?"

7. Explain the purpose of "Translations: Idea to Change."

8. What is the technique outlined in "A Little Night Music: the Narrative Metaphor?"

9. Explain the steps used in "Five Easy Pieces."

10. Explain how acting as a narrator for the famous encounter might change the tone of the finished poem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the "Matthewsian Invisible Hinge?" How is it used in Part Five? What will a poet learn by using this technique? Are there any other techniques in the book that would offer the same results? Explain. Also give an example of a famous poem using this method.

Essay Topic 2

In "The Unconscious As Gold Mine" the authors submit various exercises regarding the use of the unconscious as a source of material for poetry. Examine the examples given in the text. Which do you feel is most effective? Explain. Is there a scientific connection between dreaming and the conscious? Could those concepts and images seen in dreaming be captured in a waking state? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

In the section titled "In a Dark Room: Photography and Revision" students are required to derive a poem from a photographic image. Explain the artistic and psychological connections between the photograph and the poem. How is the character of one transferred to the other? How should one interpret this exercise so that it would be the most effective?

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