August 11, 2017

Summer School Poetry Class


You might not have taken an AP (Advanced Placement) English course in high school. On the website edsitement.neh.gov you can "study" 21 Poems for AP Literature and Composition. These are poems frequently taught AP English Lit and Comp classes. 

For each of the twenty-one poems there are resources including audio clips and video, primary source documents and photographs, timelines and, of course, the poems.

For example, Robert Frost's “Mending Wall” is one selection, and the site offers The PoemAbout this Poem from the Poetry Foundation, On “Mending Wall” from Modern American Poetry, a lesson Robert Frost's "Mending Wall": A Marriage of Poetic Form and Contentand more about Robert Frost from Voices and Visions.

School is closed for the summer, but some AP students are assigned summer reading and might be assigned some of these poems. Well, here is some help from the teacher's file cabinet. And for the rest of us, we can do some summer school and not have to worry about tests, homework or grades.

The poems:  
  • Matthew Arnold: “Dover Beach
  • Elizabeth Bishop: “In the Waiting Room”
  • Gwendolyn Brooks: “We Real Cool”
  • Robert Browning: “My Last Duchess”
  • Emily Dickinson: “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers” (124)
  • John Donne: “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”
  • T.S. Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  • Carolyn Forché: “The Colonel”
  • Robert Frost: “Mending Wall”
  • Robert Hayden: “Those Winter Sundays”
  • Langston Hughes: “Let America Be America Again”
  • John Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
  • Andrew Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”
  • Wilfred Owen: “Dulce et Decorum Est”
  • John Crowe Ransom: “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter”
  • William Shakespeare: Sonnets
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Ozymandias”
  • Wallace Stevens: “Sunday Morning”
  • Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night”
  • William Carlos Williams: “Danse Russe”

  • William Butler Yeats: “The Second Coming”
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