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" Posted 3/16/2016 Yesterday we released the ninety-eigth episode in the PoemTalk Podcast series. For this program host Al Filreis leads a panel including Herman Beavers, Salamishah Tillet, and Chris Mustazza through a discussion of James Weldon Johnson's poem "O Southland! " Filreis begins his introduction on the PoemTalk blog with the poem's provenance: "'O Southland! ' was published in The Independent in 1907 and again in W. PoemTalk is a co-production of PennSound, the Kelly Writers House, Jacket2 and the Poetry Foundation. Tinfish Monthly Reading, February 2016 Posted 3/14/2016 We're very glad to be able to continue to share recent recordings from the monthly reading series held by Tinfish Press — Susan M. To start listening, click here. Robert Frost Comes to PennSound Posted 3/9/2016 It's a very exciting week for us at PennSound as we launch our new Robert Frost author page.

You can read more of his detailed intro here. 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. Billy Collins Former Poet Laureate of the United States Learn more about Billy Collins More Poet Laureate projects. 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: