The Hamlet Anthology Project
Your goal: to read, consider, analyze, and anthologize poetry in the spirit of Hamlet…the poem unlimited…
Vocab Moment - Anthology: a collection of literary passages or works, especially poems, by various authors 2. any printed
collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc.
Step One - As a Group:
1. Select a theme. Consider the scope and dimension of that theme in Hamlet and in life. Possible Themes: Life After
Death, Suicide, Revenge/Hatred, Madness, Grief, Fathers and Sons, Women’s Choices, Philosophy of Life
2. Search for poems that address the theme. Don’t worry at first about finding poems that you think relate directly to
Hamlet; instead consider how the poem illuminates your theme in interesting ways. You should enjoy the poem and
be interested in what it has to say.
Where to find worthy poems:
The yellow text book in the classroom – lots of good poems here and I have made a list of the poems I think
have relevance to the Hamlet themes.
The American Academy of Poets (www.poets.org) – you can search by theme!
The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org) – try the category search
My website – I am posting a selection of great poems for your perusal
Note: Do not use poems that you have found on-line except for on the sites listed above. Trust me on this.
3. When you’ve collected enough poems to sift through, each of you should choose three. These poems will be your
individual contribution to the anthology.
Step Two- On Your Own
This is the individual part of the project. Spend some time reading and annotating your poems. Think about their relevance to
the theme and Hamlet. For each of your three poems:
Find a quote from Hamlet that will serve as an epigraph for your poem.
Vocab Moment – Epigraph: a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc., suggesting its theme
Write a brief response to the poem. See the response assignment page for specifics.
Step Three – As a Group
Now you’ll put your anthology together. All anthologies should have the following components:
A cover page – be creative here.
A powerful/clever two part title – the first part refers to the theme (you can allude to Shakespeare or one of your
poems here) and the second part tells what is contained in the anthology. Examples: 1. Lunatics and Lovers:
Poems and Commentary on love, madness, and Hamlet 2. The Undiscovered Country: Death in Hamlet and other
Names of all the group members
An illustration that represents your theme. More illustrations throughout the anthology are fine, but make sure they
are relevant and enrich the whole.
A table of contents
A foreword – composed by the group that explains your theme and its relationship to Hamlet, as well as a brief
introduction to the poems in your anthology. Your foreword should be no longer than one page (300 words).
A list of recommended reading, listening, and viewing on your theme. You can include books, songs, films, and plays
on this list. Include a sentence or two for each one that explains the recommendation.
Your anthology should have a polished, intentional look. This means that format should be consistent throughout the
anthology. Consider how you will format the poems, the responses, and other contents and agree on things like font, layout,
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Grading: You’ll receive two grades on this project
1. Group Grade (30 points) – this grade reflects the overall quality, effort, and creativity reflected in your anthology as a
whole. Everyone gets the same grade, but you can choose to donate points to an MVP who deserves more than an
equal share of the love.
2. Individual Grade (30 points) – I will choose one response by each member of the group and grade it based on three
criteria a.) the thoughtful, appropriate choice of poem and epigraph b.) the quality of the anaylsis in your response
c.) the quality of the writing itself.