Meta Poetry: Poetry about Poetry

Read the excerpt from “Poetry.”

In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry.

What is the theme of this excerpt?

Poetry should convey truthful content and emotion.

Which words from “A Day for Wandering” best indicate that the speaker is happy to be outside?
harmonic, confidant, and content

Which statement best describes the effect of the free-verse form in “Poetry”?
It helps the reader experience the poet’s thought process.

Read the excerpt from “A Day for Wandering” by Clinton Scollard.

Where interwoven branches spread a shade
Of soft cool beryl like the evening seas
Unruffled by the breeze.

Which is the best evidence from the poem that “beryl” means “green”?

like the evening seas

Which lines from “Poetry” best indicate that the poet believes that poetry should express authentic thoughts, feelings, and ideas?
nor till the poets among us can be
“literalists of
the imagination”—above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, “imaginary gardens with real toads in them,”
shall we have
it.

nor till the poets among us can be
“literalists of
the imagination”—above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, “imaginary gardens with real toads in them,”
shall we have
it.

insignificant

Read the excerpt from “Poetry.”

nor is it valid
to discriminate against “business documents and

school-books”; all these phenomena are important. One must make
a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
result is not poetry,
nor till the poets among us can be
“literalists of
the imagination”—above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, “imaginary gardens with real toads in them,”
shall we have
it.

What theme does this excerpt express?

Poetry is genuine when it reflects truth and reality.

Read the excerpt from “Poetry.”

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond
all this fiddle.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
discovers in
it after all, a place for the genuine.
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because
they are
useful.

What theme does this excerpt best express?

Poetry is interesting when it is authentic.

Which statement best describes the theme of “A Day for Wandering”?
The country is better than the city because it is more beautiful.

Read the excerpt from “Birches” by Robert Frost.

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the line of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy’s been swinging them.
But swinging doesn’t bend them down to stay.
Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You’d think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.

What is the best description of the theme of this excerpt?

The sun has a wondrous effect on icy birch branches.

Read the excerpt from “Poetry.”

When they become so derivative as to become
unintelligible,
the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
do not admire what
we cannot understand: the bat
holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless
wolf under
a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse
that feels a flea, the base-
ball fan, the statistician—

What theme does this excerpt express?

People do not like what they cannot understand.

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