“Head, Heart” by Lydia Davis “Poem” by Frank O’Hara
Choose a poem we read in this lesson (listed here) and re-read it. “Head, Heart” by Lydia Davis “Poem” by Frank O’Hara “Those Winter Sundays” “The Act” by William Carlos Williams (in lesson) “At a Certain Age” by Deborah Cummins (in lesson) “For a Father” by Elise Partridge (in lesson) 2. Write a journal entry (about 200 words long) in which you explain (don’t just summarize or re-state) the following: The moment: What event, observation, feeling, memory, experience or occasion is being recounted or described in this poem? The feeling: Who is the speaker and how do they feel about the subject they are exploring in this poem? What words or phrases are used to clearly portray the speaker’s feeling? The punch: What is the purpose of this poem? What expression or statement is being made? What dynamic elements are used to make the purpose clear? Where is the poem most powerful? Write in clear and complete sentences, proofread carefully, and be sure to include the name of the poem and poet.
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