Guiding Question: How do my feelings affect what I create?
Ideas for poems (inspired by the poems we read in class)...
Write a poem about....
A change you'd like to see in the word. ("Ring Out, Wild Bells" by Alfred, Lord Tennison)
Writing ("Poets to Come" by Walt Whitman)
Choices ("The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost; "The Choice" by Dorothy Parker; "All But Blind" by Walter de la Mare)
Family ("Grandma Ling" by Amy Ling; "Old Man" by Ricardo Sanchez)
Something you've learned as you've gotten older, or how things have changed as you've aged ("Taught Me Purple" by Evelyn Tooley Hunt; "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden; "Forgotten Language" by Shel Silverstein)
Something based in history ("Destination: Tule Lake Relocation Center, May 20, 1942" by James Mitsui; "Holding Center, Tanforan Race Track, Spring 1942" by James Mitsui)
Something that allows you to use strong imagery (Shakespear's Sonnets #18 and 130)
Duality ("when asked whether i think... cuando me preguntan si pienso" by Abner Bardeguez)
Love ("love is a place" by E.E. Cummings and "i carry your heart with me" by E.E. Cummings)
A poem that tells a story ("Chocolates" by Louis Simpson, "Two Old Bachelors" by Edward Lear, "The Circle" by Jennifer Roy (an exceprt from Yellow Star))
A strong speaker ("Who Makes these Changes" byJala al-Din Rumi, "Forgive My Guilt" by Robert P. Tristram Coffin, "A Poison Tree" by William Blake, "I'm Drifting Through Negative Space" by Jack Prelutsky)
Poems and handouts from class:
If by Rudyard Kipling
Shakespear's Sonnets #18 "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day...." and #130 "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun...."
Notes on English sonnets
"i carry your heart with me" by e.e. cummings
"when asked whether i think/ cuando me prenguntan si pienso" by Abner Bardeguez