Day 132: Writing about Poetry

1. What’s next. We will be finishing up our poetry unit next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a graded seminar discussion on Tuesday and a test on Wednesday. The test will cover the literary terms on L28 in multiple choice questions. It will also include a writing and interpretation section. After Wednesday, we will move on to Romeo and Juliet. If you are in Regular English, you will get a copy from me. If you want to buy your own copy, you can, but I recommend a side-by-side copy with Shakespeare and modern-day paraphrase on facing pages. If you are in Honors, I recommend buying a highly footnoted edition. If you don’t buy your own you will be issued a five-pound textbook. So buy your own!

Recommended edition for Honors (or any other edition with lots of footnotes)

2. Writing about Poetry. Students got out their TPCASTT and a sheet of notebook paper. Then, they:

1. Read the other poem from your TPCASTT yesterday (it’s on the back of the poem you read).

2. Wrote a paragraph that compares and/or contrasts the themes of the two poems.


  • Strong topic sentence/thesis
  • Use three or more direct quotations from the poems to support your argument. Hint: Use short words and phrases, not whole lines.

When finished, students turned in their TPCASTT worksheet, poem, and paragraph. Any students who did not finish this in class must do it for homework.

3. The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock. Students were introduced to this poem for homework.

HW: Read “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot (Download here: The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock). Annotate it as you read. For example, you could paraphrase difficult section, look up words you don’t know, make connections between different parts of the poem, find assonance and alliteration, locate metaphors, and ask questions in the margin. When you’re done reading, write three discussion questions for a Seminar on Tuesday.