Project #38602 - Amercian Literture

Thinking Critically
1.  Where is the poem set?
2.  What does the speaker imagine is happening in lines 1–25?
3.  How does the music make the speaker feel? Find lines of the poem that describe his feelings.
4.  What makes the music “loud yet so confidential” (line 26)?
5.  What does the speaker want to say to the other pedestrians?
6.  In the last verse, who is the “hub of the cosmos” who hopes he’ll make it downtown?
7. Which of these words best describes Collins’s style? More than one descriptive word can be correct.
formal
 informal
 complex
 elegant
 personal
 humorous
8.  Collins says, “Poetry is my cheap form of transportation. By the end of the poem, the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield.” Did “Man Listening to Disc” work on you the way Collins hoped it would? Explain your response to the poem.
WRITING
Ars Poetica
Some critics wonder if Collins’s work belongs on the shelf with the work of the best living American poets. To think about that question, review two famous poems on pages 598 and 599 that talk about the art of poetry. Then, select one of these poems, and relate what it says to Collins’s poem. In a brief essay, tell whether Collins’s poem qualifies as a genuine poem, based on what Moore or MacLeish says a poem should be. Use at least two specifics from Moore’s or MacLeish’s poem to apply to Collins’s.
“Listening to…”
Choose a song or a CD that might be your own private soundtrack. Write anessay or a poem about the experience of listening to the music most meaningful to you. Be sure to explain why the music moves you. Feel free to experiment with a style that matches your thoughts and feelings.
Open the Online Notebook to write your responses.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/27/2014 07:42 pm
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