Due: April 27th, 2017
Tasks: Your assignment is to create your own anthology of poetry. You are the editor of this anthology. You will be looking closely at poems and learning about tools that poets use to help readers see images and to convey ideas in poems. You will also develop research skills and will create additional materials — commentary on poems, a table of contents, bibliography and glossary. All this is part of being a good editor. Your anthology will be illustrated. You may draw, select photos, or use images from greeting cards, calendars, magazines or other sources to decorate your books. Your anthology will be a personal collection that expresses your unique personality and taste. Remember, this is not a one-night or one-week assignment. It is a process of reading and choosing, of preparing to create a collection that reflects who you are. Have fun with it!
What will be in your anthology
Cover- Design a cover using a drawing, photos or other images. Include on the cover the book's title, and the name of the author and illustrator.
Title Page -List the title, author, place of publisher (St. Dorothy’s School), and date of publication (Date you turn the assignment in).
Table of Contents- List the book's chapters and the poems within them. Include page numbers to tell the reader where chapters begin and poems appear. Also list the special sections at the back of the book, like the glossary and bibliography.
Poet Pages- You will choose at least 5 Poets for your anthology. For each, you will write a brief biographical sketch of 5-7 sentences. Then, write 3-5 sentences about why you chose this particular poet to be part of your personal anthology. Give some examples of lines or words you like from the poems you've chosen. Include a picture of the poet, if you can find one — or draw one yourself, if you can find a photo to guide you.
Poetry Pages- Use each poet's page to begin a section of poems written by that poet. Include ONE poem by each poet, one per page. Beneath each poem, include the following:
Tone. Write a sentence or two about the tone of the poem. A simple definition of tone is "a way of saying"; the tone of a poem reflects the attitude of the poet toward what or whom the poem addresses. In considering this, you can ask yourself how the poem makes you feel. How do you think the poet felt when he or she wrote the poem? Try to find a few words or phrases that describe the tone of the poem. Consider whether the tone changes throughout the poem or remains the same.
Rhyme Scheme. If the poem has rhymes at the end of the lines, chart the rhyme scheme. If there is no rhyme scheme, write that the poem does not have end rhyme. Unrhymed poems are usually called "free verse" poems.
Poet's Tools. We've learned about various tools poets use to make poems rich and vivid and to convey meaning and ideas. Find and record at least two places in the poem where a poet uses a special tool or "literary device," such as personification, hyperbole, alliteration, metaphor or simile. Think and write about the effect.
Your Poem- One of your last content pages will be a poem of your own. The poem can be about anything and in any form.