Think back to something that happened yesterday.Now write a 4-stanza poem.Stanza 1: Say what you are doing.Stanza 2: Say what you see.Stanza 3: Say what you remember.Stanza 4: Ask a question.You have 5 minutes to write.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This afternoon I'll be leading my first school workshops of the season: two 9th-grade classes at a local high school. I've decided to take the classic Baron Wormser approach (dictation) and to work with Czeslaw Milosz's poem "Encounter," which is an interesting case: a poem written in Polish but translated into English by the poet. One of the classes has been memorizing Frost poems, so I thought I'd take up the subject of Frost's crabbiness about free versifiers by making the students copy out a free verse poem. Unfortunately both classes are very short, so we won't have much time to write; but I'm hoping that in at least one of them I'll get a chance to use this prompt, based on the Milosz stanzas: