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					      When did poetry begin?
 Poetry has existed as a form of expression
  for over 5000 years.
 The ancient Indian texts, the Vedas, were
  written in a poetic form to help with
 The oldest surviving poem is the Epic of
  Gilgamesh, written in the third millennium
  BCE in Mesopotamia.
So what’s it all about
Looking at subject and theme in poetry
What makes interpreting a poem’s
 theme a personal experience?
 Who are you?
 Where do you come from?
 What obstacles have you overcome in life?
 What do you feel strongly about?

Please write the answers in your journal.
 What is the subject in a poem?
 The subject is who or what the poem is
 Sometimes it is very obvious what the
  subject is (the subject might be stated in
  the title of the poem such “I Know Why the
  Caged Bird Sings”).
 Other times it is not so obvious.
       How Sweet I Roam'd
  How sweet I roam'd from field to field,
   And tasted all the summer's pride
     'Til the prince of love beheld
   Who in the sunny beams did glide!
     He shew'd me lilies for my hair
    And blushing roses for my brow;
   He led me through his garden fair,
  Where all his golden pleasures grow.
With sweet May dews my wings were wet,
     And Phoebus fir'd my vocal rage
      He caught me in his silken net,
     And shut me in his golden cage.
   He loves to sit and hear me sing,
Then, laughing, sports and plays with me;
  Then stretches out my golden wing,
      And mocks my loss of liberty.
             William Blake
           What is theme?
 Theme can be thought of as a moral or
  statement concerning the subject of the
 It is often a statement about life or human
 The theme that a reader might pull from a
  piece of writing won’t always be the theme
  the author originally intended.
            Your assignment:
 After receiving your poem read it quietly to
  yourself at least two times.
 Underline what you think the subject of the
  poem is, and any words in the poem that you
  think are important.
 Answer the three questions on your paper with
  at least one complete sentence for each
 If you finish before the rest of your group, please
  read quietly.
         Journal Questions:
 What is the relationship between subject
  and theme?
 How were the responses about the theme
  of your group’s poem different? Were
  there any similarities?
 If your life was the subject of a poem, what
  would the theme be?
 Do you have any questions for me?

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