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Reading& writing about poetry. Rap as poetry. Philosophy and the Poetic Imagination. Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud. PennSound. James Weldon Johnson: New PennSound Author Page Posted 11/26/2014 Chris Mustazza is back from the archives, this time with a new author page for James Weldon Johnson, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance and former leader of the NAACP.


Here's Mustazza's description of the project: These recordings of James Weldon Johnson were made on December 24, 1935 at Columbia University and are part of a larger collection of recordings known as The Contemporary Poets Series. Johnson is the only African American poet in the series, which ran from 1931 through the 1940s. The first two recordings in the collection, "The Creation" and "Go Down Death," both from Johnson's 1927 collection God's Trombones, seek to preserve the sounds of African American folk sermons of the early 20th century.

The poems from Johnson's 1917 collection of poems, Fifty Years and Other Poems, are also sonic representations and cultural preservations. New on PennSound: EPC@20 Posted 11/24/2014 Posted 11/18/2014. Poetry 180 - Home Page. Welcome to Poetry 180.

Poetry 180 - Home Page

Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed. Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind.

Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. 1. The Road Not Taken. Frost, Robert. 1920. Mountain Interval. 2. Mending Wall. Frost, Robert. 1915. North of Boston. How%20To%20Read%20A%20Poem. Writing a Sonnet. 3 of 5 Learn to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did.

Writing a Sonnet

Discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the quatrains and couplets that make up a Shakespearean sonnet. Credit: "Sonnet 18," © 2008 Jinx! , used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license: Here are the rules for writing a sonnet: It must consist of 14 lines. If you're writing the most familiar kind of sonnet, the Shakespearean, the rhyme scheme is this: Every A rhymes with every A, every B rhymes with every B, and so forth. Ah, but there's more to a sonnet than just the structure of it.

First quatrain: An exposition of the main theme and main metaphor. One of Shakespeare's best-known sonnets, Sonnet 18, follows this pattern: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimmed;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed; The argument of Sonnet 18 goes like this: