Objective: Dedication, Argument, Prologue ACROSTICS - In this chapter, Jonson creates an extravagant acrostic spelling out the plot of the novel. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the literary technique of acrostic poems and to discuss whether or not spelling out the entire plot of the play to the audience is effective.
1) 1.) Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students to research the literary technique of acrostic poems. How are acrostic poems different than other poems? Why might Jonson have chosen an acrostic poem to open his play? Have each group give a five minute presentation of their findings.
2.) Based on the definitions create in exercise 1, do you think Jonson's acrostic poem is a successful one? Divide the class into two groups for a cross classroom debate. After 15 minutes, add another complication: How does Jonson interweave the main character, Valpone, into the poem...
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