module 8 discussion poetry i

Respond to this discussion activity by constructing a one-paragraph argument about one of the following topics:


  • The tone of one of the assigned poems;
  • a dominant theme of one of the assigned poems;
  • the speaker of one of the assigned poems;
  • the use of irony in one of the assigned poems.

Once you have selected a topic:

  1. Make a claim in response to one of the topics above.
  2. Add evidence to support your claim in the form of a quotation to illustrate the point you are making.
  3. Add analysis by explaining how your quote proves or illustrates your claim.

Poem list:

  • William Butler Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
  • Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”
  • Adrienne Rich, “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
  • Anonymous, “Sir Patrick Spence”
  • Robert Frost, “Out, Out—“
  • Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”
  • John Dyer, excerpt from In The Fleece
  • William Stafford, “Ask Me”
  • Theodore Roethke, “My Papa’s Waltz”
  • Stephen Crane, “The Wayfarer”
  • Anne Bradstreet, “The Author to Her Book”
  • Walt Whitman, “To A Locomotive in Winter”
  • Emily Dickinson, “I like to see it lap the Miles”
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, “Speech to the Young. Speech to the Progress-Toward”
  • Weldon Kees, “For My Daughter”
  • Natasha Trethewey, “White Lies”
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Luke Havergal”
  • Anonymous, “Dog Haiku”
  • William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”
  • Charlotte Mew, “The Farmer’s Bride”
  • William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow”
  • Robert Creeley, “Oh No”
  • H. Auden, “The Unknown Citizen”
  • Sharon Olds, “Rite of Passage”
  • Sarah N. Cleghorn, “The Golf Links”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Second Fig”
  • Thomas Hardy, “The Workbox”

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