Poem Analysis and Recitation Project

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					Poem Analysis and Recitation Project

You will select a poem to study, analyze, and recite to the class. You may use any of the poems
in the anthology by the following authors (except the poems we studied as a class!):

       Wyatt                              Raleigh                           Jonson
       Spenser                            Herrick                           Suckling
       Shakespeare                        Marvell                           Lovelace
       Marlowe                            Donne

You may also choose to visit the Poetry Out Loud website in order to find other poems by the
previously listed authors. Any poems by those authors, found on the POL website, are
acceptable poems for this assignment. You may choose to participate in the school’s Poetry Out
Loud competition in January if you choose an eligible poem. Eligible poems from the anthology
include Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” Raleigh’s “The Nymph’s Reply to
the Shepherd,” Donne’s “Song” and “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” Jonson’s “Song:
To Celia,” Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” and Lovelace’s “To Althea, from
Prison.”

Your project must include the following aspects:

       1. a nicely designed title page

       2. a copy of the poem in its original form

       3. a copy of the poem showing its rhyme scheme and identifying literary devices (at least
       five)*

       4. a literal translation of the poem (your version of the poem)

       5. four well thought-out discussion questions about the poem with your responses to the
       questions (These are your own discussion questions. You may not use the ones out of the
       book!)

       6. some graphic representation of the poem’s main idea

       7. an accurate recitation of your poem to the class


*See the back page for an example of what this should look like.
                    SONNET 102

My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming;

     I love not less, though less the show appear:

   That love is merchandized whose rich esteeming

    The owner's tongue doth publish every where.

     Our love was new and then but in the spring

      When I was wont to greet it with my lays,

       As Philomel in summer's front doth sing

     And stops her pipe in growth of riper days:

      Not that the summer is less pleasant now

 Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,

      But that wild music burthens every bough

  And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.

    Therefore like her I sometime hold my tongue,

     Because I would not dull you with my song.

				
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