Week 16: Second Generation Modernism

Monday, May 2

  • Read the chapter on Negritude in Poems for the Millenium (pgs 559-584).
  • Readings for today.
  • Essay #2 due today (but read our Slack channel).
  • Bonus opportunity: attend the I ♥︎ E-Poetry Café (tonight after class) and write a 1-paragraph reaction in our Slack.


Wednesday, May 4

Week 14: Poets and their Typewriters

Monday, April 18

Wednesday, April 20

Week 13: #WasteLandMemes and More

Monday, April 11

Activity: Annotating The Waste Land with #WasteLandMemes

  •  Preparation:
    • Visit this page: The Waste Land.
    • Create Hypothes.is account and login (on that page).
  • Get the image URL:
    • Login to your Twitter account.
    • Open the Tweet in which you shared your meme.
    • Right click (ctrl-click on a Mac) on the image of your meme and select “copy image location”
  • Annotate The Waste Land with your meme:
    • Highlight the text you’re referencing in The Waste Land and select “annotate.”
    • In the annotation, select “insert picture” and paste the URL of your shared image in the highlighted text.
    • Write a brief explanation of what you were attempting to say with your meme.
    • Add the #WasteLandMemes hashtag to your annotation.
    • Publish your annotation.

Wednesday, April 13


Friday, April 15

Class meets online through this assignment.

Assignment, Part 1

  • Choose one poem not discussed in class from the Poetry Foundation listing of Yeats’ poems,
  • Research its connection to Yeats’ poetics, themes, symbolism, and
  • Write a 250 word analysis of the poem
  • Post it in our Slack group before 4:30 pm on Friday.

Assignment, Part 2

  • Read 2 of your classmate’s postings, read the poem they’re analyzing, and reply to them (@mention the author in your response) briefly (50 words) but substantively.
  • This response must be posted on Slack before 4:30 pm on Monday.


Week 12: Into the Waste Land

Monday, April 4

  • Finish discussion of “The Preludes”
  • Introduction to The Waste Land
  • Assign groups to focus discussions of The Waste Land.
  • If you weren’t assigned a section, you’re responsible for all sections of the poem.

Wednesday, April 6

  • Water outage: class cancelled.

Waste Land Memes Assignment

  • Create two image macro memes with the following parameters:
    • The text must be a brief, direct quote from your assigned section of The Waste Land.
    • The image must be a representation of the image, text, objective correlative referenced in that quote.
    • The goal of these two memes is to offer insight on that portion of the poem.
  • Create one meme with the following parameters:
    • The text must quote, paraphrase, touch on, or riff on an excerpt from your assigned section of The Waste Land.
    • The image can be anything you want, as long as it isn’t sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise offensive. You can even insert text from the wasteland on an established image macro, or other kind of meme (such as a GIF, comic, or other popular format).
    • The goal of this meme is to make a humorous comment on that portion of the poem.
  • Publish your memes before class on Monday, April 11.
    • Create/login to your Twitter account.
    • Make your image no larger than 512 pixels high.
    • Post each meme image on Twitter with the quote and using the following hashtags: #WasteLandMemes #NPM16 #NationalPoetryMonth
  • Be prepared to discuss your memes– and The Waste Land— in class on Monday.

Essay #1: Analysis of a Poem


For this essay, you must select a poem from Poems for the Millenium, Volume 1 that has not been discussed thoroughly in class. In addition to performing detailed analyses of your chosen poem, this essay assignment will require you to analyze this poem in the context of the poetic traditions that inform it. Your essay must have a clearly stated interpretation of the poem in the context of the poetic/artistic movement as its thesis and detailed analyses of the text for support.


  • The essay should be 500-750 words in MLA format (2-3 pages typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins, and a 12-point font).
  • Turn in your essay in this folder and bring a printout to class on Monday, March 28.


Your essay will be evaluated in the following areas, with areas 1-3 carrying most of the weight of the grade:

  • Assignment (fulfilling requirements, quality of thesis, and depth of analysis),
  • Organization (clarity of thesis, thorough paragraphing, overall organization),
  • Development (relevance of claims, adequacy of support, and textual evidence),
  • Sentence Structure, Word Choice, and Grammar (weaknesses will be identified in these areas, but they will not affect grade significantly unless they get in the way of understanding the essay).

An essay that satisfies all the requirements of the assignment with a clear sense of organization and adequate development earns a “C” in this class. An essay that achieves the goals at an above average level of proficiency, with only minor problems in one or two areas earns a “B.” The “A” is reserved for nearly flawless, elegant essays that excel in all the criteria described above. Essays that do not fulfill the minimum requirements for the assignment earn a “D.” Only essays that are not turned in, are plagiarized, or are not a serious effort to meet the assignment earn an “F” in this class.

Weeks 5-6: Futurism

Monday, February 15

  • Academic Recess. Class does not meet.

Wednesday, February 17

  • Class does not meet today. All work will proceed online this week.
  • Read unit assigned to you:
    • Futurism I (Poems, pgs 193-219)
    • Futurism II (Poems, pgs 220-260)
    • Expressionism (Poems, pgs 263-285)
    • Dada (Poems, pgs 289-340)
    • Surrealism (Poems, pgs 465-514)
  • Presentation Workshop
    • Use the Groups for Presentation Slideshows document to add your name to your group and identify your teams and Slack to correspond and coordinate preparing your slideshow on Google Drive (see below).
    • I also recommend Google Hangouts to create a live video conference in which you can collectively discuss and edit the document.
    • Use the slideshows in the Google Drive to prepare a presentation.
    • Material to cover:
      • Main ideas
      • Key figures
      • Visual Art
      • 1-2 poems from the period
    • Each group will have 20 minutes for the presentation
    • Everyone in the group must participate in preparation of slideshow and presentation

Monday, February 22

  • Read:
    • Futurism I (Poems, pgs 193-219)
  • Before class, everyone must post a comment on one poem from each assigned movement in a single Slack post.
  • Group presentations

Wednesday, February 24

  • Read:
    • Futurism II (Poems, pgs 220-260)
  • Before class, everyone must post a comment on one poem from each assigned movement in a single Slack post.
  • Group presentations


Week 2: Emily Dickinson

Monday, January 25

Wednesday, January 27