Station # 1—Glorification of the Mundane
In our discussions of British Romantics, we have noted that they often talk about the ordinary. In this exercise, you will be asked to do so yourself.
1. Choose a familiar scene of Vermont life using one of the books provided (or your own source if you have a specific place or thing that you would like to reflect upon).
2. Once you have chosen this scene, try looking at it with new eyes. Be creative, and be imaginative. Think about how you, like Wordsworth, can imbue this item with a new and refreshing life for your readers.
3. Include pastoral imagery…Romantics like that.
4. Utilize at least three of the literary/poetic devices we have discussed (or that you have discussed in previous English classes), and label them.
Station #2—Ekphrastic Expressions
Yesterday in class, we discussed that ekphrasis is writing that is about/inspired by another art form. We also discussed that English Odes are lyrical poems (poems that are used to express feelings, that contain a regular rhyme scheme and meter, and that are often set to music) that praise a subject or that are dedicated to a subject that served as the poet’s muse. The poem that we looked at yesterday, Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is an example of both. It is your turn to create your own ekphrastic expression.
1. Choose one of the provided art forms to ruminate upon in your own poem.
2. Choose a rhyme scheme (for the sake of this assignment, it does not matter which scheme you choose).
3. Write a 1-page ode that directly speaks to this art form and whatever its subject is. If you get stuck, look at what Keats did in his poem. You might want to ask questions, describe the scene, etc.
4. Include and label the following literary/poetic devices: imagery, anaphora, onomatopoeia, and chiasmus.