Poetry Extra Credit Opportunity

If you would like some extra points, I am offering an assignment that might appeal to those of you that are more artistically inclined. Check out the comic of “The Red Wheelbarrow” below. I am asking that you make your own comic for one of the poems in our book. The only criterion is that the comic must include the full text of the poem (as this one does) so you might want to choose a slightly shorter poem.

Option #2, for those of you who aren’t into drawing comics, is to answer the two questions for “The Red Wheelbarrow,” in our Backpack Literature book. I believe it is on pg. 405 or 406.



Prewriting, Organizing, Outlining, and Drafting

The title of this post reminds me of the title of one of Anton Chekhov’s plays, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. However, I digress.

I just wanted to post the PowerPoint presentation from class on Monday, Sept. 8th.

ENG106 Sept. 8

Help with Essay #1

If you’re struggling for ideas, the following prompts might help you think about the poem that you chose to write about.

For “One Art” –

What is the tone of the poem? What effect does the parenthetic interjection in the last stanza have? Why do you think Bishop rhymes some of the lines? How do you think the speaker feels about losing/the art of loss? What is the effect of the word, “shan’t”?

For “Wild Nights” –

What effect does Dickinson’s use of the dash have on the poem? What does the speaker compare herself to?

For “Poetry of Departures” –

Where do you think the speaker is departing from? What is the effect of the objects that he mentions in the poem?

For “The Emperor of Ice-Cream”

In this poem, which Stevens called his favorite, the speaker gives instructions for preparing the wake and body of a poor, old woman who has died. What words stand out in the poem? What do those words suggest? Who is the emperor of ice cream, and why is he important? What is Stevens saying in the last two lines of each stanza? What is his attitude toward death?

For “Spring and All” –

Many poems feature different seasons, especially Spring. The springtime is usually thought of as a time of rebirth and regrowth. How does Williams’ imagery reframe these conventions? Does it describe Spring in a typical way?


Purdue OWL

I know, it’s a funny title. The OWL sites are the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. They keep track of the most current MLA format, for all elements of the college paper.

These links will be of great use to you, I’m sure!!!

MLA Formatting and Style Guide – Contains all the basic info. that you need to put a paper together in MLA format.

MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics – This will give you the info. for using quotes in your paper.

MLA Quotation Marks and Citing Poetry – This page gives the rules for using quotation marks (punctuation conventions, etc.) as well as how to cite a poem in your poem.

MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format – This page shows how to set up your Works Cited page. Along the left hand side of the screen, there is a menu that includes links for the bibliographic info. for books, electronic and online sources, and other media.

Welcome to English 106

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the blog for our English class. Here, I will post all kinds of extra information to help you in your studies. Check back through out the semester for supplemental materials, handouts, hints, tips and tricks, examples and samples of student work.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful semester with all of you!

-Professor Freeh

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