In today's class, we looked at several poems relating to some of the themes we have seen in our recent class readings and viewings. We began with the following poem:
by Emily Dickinson
Much Madness is divinest Sense--
To a discerning Eye--
Much Sense--the starkest Madness--
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail--
Assent--and you are sane--
Demur--you're straightway dangerous--
And handled with a Chain--
divinest = most perfect
discerning = showing good judgement
starkest = most obvious
assent = say yes
demur = say no
I read the poem aloud and then gave students some time to re-read the poem on their own and answer the following questions:
1. What does this poem mean?
2. Is Dickinson right when she says, "'Tis the Majority In this, as All, prevail"?
3. What would a good title for this poem be?
4. How is the theme of this poem similar to that of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”?
Then, we had a line-by-line discussion of the poem to illuminate its meaning.
Next, we read “The Universe” by May Swenson. This poem is formatted in a unique way. I have attached a document of this poem below to preserve the formatting:
I read this poem aloud, gave students some time to read through it and analyze it on their own, and we then discussed it together. We began generally and then worked through it line-by-line.
We will not have onsite classes for the next two weeks. During these two weeks, please complete the following:
1. Finish reading the rest of The Martian Chronicles.
2. Complete your independent vocabulary list (see previous post).
3. Choose and complete one book project for The Martian Chronicles from the list attached below.
4. Complete a review for the hit magazine, The Good Stuff (also attached below).
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.