Select at least one poem you would like to analyze and interpret

Review the poetry vocabular from the introductory information on Bb for 5 Poems

Once you think you have a handle on what it is possible to say when discussing poetry, read the full set of Morrisons poems

Select at least one poem you would like to analyze and interpret

In a WORD document begin a 15 minutes freewrite about your selected poem(s)

Tips: Consider focusing your freewrite on two or three of the ways Dimitri Reyes suggests for talking about poetry in his blog and videos. You dont have to tackle all ten ways in your freewrite or your paper (more details about the analysis and interpretation paper will be posted Monday, April 20).

**I strongly recommend trying your hand at explaining the poem you select in terms of stanzaic formation, rhyme scheme, free/blank verse, diction, and who is speaking in the poem**

Rhyme Scheme:
The repetition of syllables, typically at the end of a verse line. Rhymed words conventionally share all sounds following the words last stressed syllable. Thus tenacity and mendacity rhyme, but not jaundice and John does, or tomboy and calm bay. A rhyme scheme is usually the pattern of end rhymes in a stanza, with each rhyme encoded by a letter of the alphabet, from a onward (ABBA BCCB, for example). Rhymes are classified by the degree of similarity between sounds within words, and by their placement within the lines or stanzas.

I suggest that you skip writing something general about Morrison as an author. We have spent plenty of time on that topic.

Let your freewrite rest for at least an hour

Review and analyze your freewrite for what you might write more about, or insight into the poem, or points of analysis that you would like to develop in your paper

Use the what you identified in your review and analysis of your own work to complete another 15-minute freewrite (maybe you focus on one idea, or maybe you just write out everything you are thinking)

Optional: Add another round of rest and freewriting to this assignment if you need to think more deeply about the poem or the results of an anlysis.