We are the music makers, 

and we are the dreamers of dreams.

-Arthur O’Shaughnessy (but probably used best by Willy Wonka)


Here's what just happened.

09/18 + 09/20 (a) & 09/19 (b)

We took a break from theme, and instead spent a little time talking about flow


Back when I introduced the Poem that Matters Project to you, I read you a poem called "Moment."  Besides what I take to be its meaning, I LOVE how the poem flows.  Its flow doesn't come because it rhymes, because it doesn't. It happens because of how the author uses other elements of flow, namely, alliteration, assonance, and consonance.  Here's the doc that I showed you guys in class that talks about those elements, among a few other things: Poetry Basics (Flow Edition)

Then, to give this whole "flow" thing a go, we looked at "Betty Botter." This poem uses all three of those elements: alliteration, assonance, and consonance. As a result, it's really fun to read it out loud.  So that's what we did—anyone who wanted to could read it out loud to get some extra credit.  Just by trying it you got something, but if your out-loud reading is the fastest in the class you'll get a little more credit.  And, if your time ends up being the fastest out of the four classes, you'll get even more credit.  And glory.  You'll have more chances to do it over the next few days.

What's Due (next class period)

It's your turn.  In the interest of actually learning these elements of flow, your job is to write your own "Betty Botter"-type poem, using alliteration, assonance, and consonance (check the Poetry Basics: Flow Edition handout above for definitions and examples.)

It needs to be at least eight (8) lines long, and you need to highlight/underline an example of each element–alliteration, assonance, and consonance (just highlight/underline one example of each, not every time they show up in your poem.) Make sure I understand what you're highlighting by labeling each highlight or by making a key.

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