|These Exercises promote general understanding and deeper appreciation.
They are not intended to substitute for careful analysis
Read a poem with modern punctuation and spelling:
"The Collar" [The image at the bottom may help.]
"The Pulley" [The gif may also help as a poetic
- "Jesu" [When you see it, the poem is clear.]
"Love (III)" Written as conversation.
Sometimes an outline helps:
Or a grid: "Hope"
Explore the poem as music:
- Tone - Affliction (IV), The Storm
- Tone interpreted by different composers - Praise (II), The 23d Psalme, Even-song
- The conflicting tones within the poem - Bitter-sweet
- Music visualization - Heaven, Antiphon (I)
- Meaning - The Collar, The Wreath
Put yourself into the situation in the poem:
- Reflections on my enemy Miserie Interactive
Write a letter of complaint Affliction (I)
- Write a mini-allegory Love Unknown Interactive
See it from a different perspective [Learning to evaluate critics]:
"Holdfast" by Abbot and Costello [see "note"]
"Forerunners" when just a hint can make it
easier (see below notes)
"Dedication" from "The Church-porch" (another viewpoint
may or may not help).
- When another poet's view may not help. Vertue.
"Prayer (I)" (another poet may help)
Solve a mystery ("Extra Credit"):
Humilitie Worksheet [All the clues are given.]