Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 22 John Milton: excerpt from Paradise Lost

This’ll be my last word on Words, or rather, the “Words” chapter of the textbook (An Introduction to Poetry, 7th Ed., X.J. Kennedy). At the end of the chapter, after speaking on denotation (the actual meaning of a word); connotation … Continue reading

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April 16 Rita Dove: Daystar

I’m not a fan of blank poetry. I know that rhymed poetry sounds silly to our modern ears, but also has a lovely symmetry of sound and when it’s done well its forced word choice that needs to follow a … Continue reading

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April 8 Mary Oliver: Wild Geese

I’m feeling a bit bleak today. We’re having some of our April showers to remind us that Winter is not long gone quite yet. Troubles happen in threes, or so I’m told, I seemed to have experienced all three in … Continue reading

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April 1 ee cummings: In Just –

In my mind, April is the true beginning of spring. And why not? It’s not that far off from March 20th. And after all, we know the little poem, “April showers, bring May flowers.” It’s pretty much the only mnemonic … Continue reading

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