Poetry of the Modern Period Graded Study Guide

Poetry of the Modern Period Graded Study GuideDirections: Demonstrate your understanding of the concepts within the unit by completing the following study guide. You may complete this as you work through the course and through our class sessions. Submit to the dropbox for review when complete.1. Modernist poetry can be defined as which of the following? Circle or highlight the correct answer.a. A school of literature that was prominent in the first decades of the twentieth century and that advocated breaking with the traditions of the past and incorporating experimental techniques to create works that accurately depicted the complexities of modern life.b. A movement in nineteenth-century American literature and thought. It called on people to view the objects in the world as small versions of the whole universe and to trust their individual intuitions.c. Poetry that is often written in a way that is quite free form and meant to reflect the process of thought or organic speaking through a stream of consciousness style.1.03 Mr. Flood’s PartyThe word party calls to mind images of celebration and happiness. Parties are usually times of togetherness and community. Is this the case with the party described in Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Mr. Flood’s Party”? Examine the language, themes, and allusions in Robinson’s work in this lesson.Read the poem. Once you have done so, answer the following questions. Be sure to restate, explain and use complete sentence structure!2 What kind of structure does the poem have?3. What does Tilsbury town represent?4. What does the bird on the wing represent?1.04 The Poetry of Carl SandburgCan a poem truly capture the feeling of life in one of America’s largest cities? How can a poem about something as ordinary and common as the grass beneath our feet address several major issues surrounding war, death, and humanity’s failure to learn from its mistakes? Explore “Chicago” and “Grass” by Carl Sandburg to seek out the answers to these questions.Read the poems in this section. Once you have done so, answer the following questions. Be sure to restate, explain and use complete sentence structure!5. Refer to the first five lines of “Chicago” by Sandburg. How does he describe Chicago in these line?6. Why might Sandburg be willing to focus on the negative aspects of Chicago?7. Give one example of personification in the poem. Explain your answer.8. Who is the speaker of the poem in “Grass”?9. The second stanza of “Grass” alludes to which three battlefields?a. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Ypres, Belgium; Verdun, Franceb. Bunker Hill, Massachusetts; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Fort Ticonderoga, NYc. Fort Sumter, South Carolina; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania1.05 The Poetry of Robert Frost“The Road Not Taken” is one of Robert Frost’s most beloved and widely-known poems. Yet it is also one of his most misunderstood works.Read the poem. Once you have done so, answer the following questions. Be sure to restate, explain and use complete sentence structure!10. What do diverging paths represent?11. What does the speaker note about both paths?12. Explain the meaning and significance of the speaker’s statement at the end of the third stanza.13. Did the speaker regret his decision? Why or why not?1.06 Introduction to ImagismThe Basics of ImagismModernist poets expressed themselves differently:• Some used traditional poetic forms and styles (Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost).• Others favored free verse and experimentation in poetry (Carl Sandburg).Another important group of modernist poets, the imagists, approached poetry with a different goal in mind.For imagists, the crux of a poem had to be a single image. Imagist poets sought to create a single evocative image—a clear mental picture—in each poem.Read section 1.06 in the course. Answer the following questions. Be sure to restate, explain and use complete sentence structure!14. Why do imagist poems have so little explanation or interpretation?15. What is considered the first imagist poem? Write the title and poet’s name.1.07 The Poetry of William Carlos WilliamsWilliam Carlos Williams was one of the most prominent American modernists and a leading voice early in the imagism movement.Read the poems in this unit. Once you have done so, answer the following questions. Be sure to restate, explain and use complete sentence structure!16. What image and scene are being described in the poem, “The Red Wheel Barrow”?17. Do these concrete things suggest a larger, more abstract idea?1.08 “anyone lived in a pretty how town”Perhaps the most experimental poet of the modernist period was E.E. Cummings. Through innovative language and experimentation with form and grammar, Cummings presented his readers with poems unlike any others they had read.Read the poem. Once you have done so, answer the following questions.18. The main character is the “anyone lived in a pretty how town” is ________________.19. In Cummings’ poem, men and women are compared to:a. eggs and baconb. cats and dogsc. Mars and Venusd. Ding and Dong20. What type of poem is this?A. BalladB. NarrativeC. Acrostic

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