Monday, March 14, 2011

Poetry Friday: Incident On the Road To the Capital

Today we are going to get started on a Poetry Friday assignment. I am borrowing this assignment from Mrs. DeRaps from a previous post, so if you would like to see the original for comparison purposes, feel free to visit the link!

We are going to read and take a good look at Dara Wier's unique poem Incident On the Road To the Capital. What do you notice about this poem that is much different from the others we've read in this class? This happens to be a "prose poem," a type of prose characterized by having poetic imagery and concentrated lines. The lines sound more like sentences, and we get a much clearer sense of story in this poem than we usually do. Though, in this poem, a lot of the guesswork has been taken out of deciphering the action, there's still much more to examine in this peculiar scene Wier has crafted.

The Poetry Friday assignment will be to adapt this poem to fit the plight of a tribute in The Hunger Games. It can be any of our main characters, but it can also involve tributes from other districts. Study the poem line by line and tell the story of the tribute, explaining his or her story. If you decide to write about another district, use your map of Panem to include some details about that district in your poem.

I will re-visit this post after we've finished this assignment and update with the approach we decide to take. Until then, have fun with this!

-Mr. Thomas

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