1) The Chair of the Poetry Department will assign you to groups of six. Each poet will select a different one of the following devices to research:
2) Using the following resources you will research the meaning of your term. Use some of these resources to come up with a definition in plain words that is easy to understand. See if you can find out why poets might choose to use this device or hypothesize as to why you think they might use it. Make sure to cite all of your sources in MLA format. Feel free to use NoodleTools to generate your citations. Remember: you are an academic and plagiarism will not be tolerated! Do not put your career in jeopardy by not doing something so easy as citing your sources.
www.bartleby.com Select a Reference source from the drop down menu titled reference that you think will help you define your term or explain why poets might use this device.
www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0903237.html/ A glossary of poetic terms.
http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display_rpo/poetterm.cfm Another glossary of poetic terms.
www.m-w.com A dictionary of the English langauge.
3) Find the full text of three poems that employ your device. You can use a combination of print and online resources to find your poems. Again, make sure to cite the book or reference work where you found your poems in MLA format. Once you've found your poems, think about what message the poems are trying to convey. Then think about why the poet used this device. How does it add to the theme and/or tone of the poem? How does it help to get across the poet's message?
Browse through the 811s section of the library. These books will all be related to poetry! Pull some books that are on a topic that interests you to start finding your examples.
www.bartleby.com Select any of the options under the verse dropdown menu to find poems
http://www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=viewlink&cid=2 Links to websites that have poetry especially for kids.
www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=viewlink&cid=3 Links to websites that contain famous or classical poems for kids.
http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/search/index.cfm An online index of poetry. You may wish to use this to find poems that you found excerpts of when you were searching for your term.
4) Find the other poets who researched the same device as you did. Get a piece of poster board and make an attractive poster that has the following elements:
- the name of your device
- a definition of the device
- brief excerpts from poems that use this device
- Why might a poet want to use this device? What effect might it
achieve? (this can be something your learning from a source or your
- An image that represents your device or helps you to remember it
- A list of the poets who made the poster
Show your findings to the Chair of the Poetry Department (i.e., your teacher or librarian) before proceeding on to step 5.5) Return to your original group and teach them about your device. Make sure to use examples to illustrate the term. You can also make use of the poster you helped create as a visual aid in presenting your device. You may wish to take notes while the other members of your group are presenting so that you can remember their devices and use them.
6) After all of your poet colleagues have presented their devices, it's time to start writing. Make yourself comfortable, roll up your sleeves, and compose two or three poems, making sure to use each device at least once in your body of work. Be creative!
At the end of this project all poets will hand in:
- notes from your research on the definition and usage of your term (make sure to include the citation of your sources)
- three poems you found that use your assigned device (and citations)
- a group poster with all of the bulleted items listed above
- two or three poems you've written, making sure to include each of the devices your group has studied at least once