1. Listen OR Read the podcast script ‘Words that Shimmer’ an

1. Listen OR Read the podcast script ‘Words that Shimmer’ an interview with poet Elizabeth Alexander. ( LINK below is the interview script) https://onbeing.org/programs/elizabeth-alexander-w…(Podcast is attached)Write a one paragraph reaction to the interview – there’s something true for all of us about our experience with poetry – what is it?2. View Shane Koyczan video of ‘This is My Voice’ Words Aloud 2007, Canada ( FIND IT ONLINE/YOUTUBE) and write a one paragraph response to the video. 3.Compare and contrast; Hart Crane’s poem ‘To Emily Dickinson’ ( FIND IT ONLINE) with Billy Collins response ‘Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes’ (FIND IT ONLINE) A-Start with the respective title of each poem. B-Consider the imagery of each poem, the tone, the emotional ‘weather’. C-What is each poet’s attitude toward the subject? 4- Consider ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ by Langston Hughes (FIND IT ONLINE) and ‘On Being Brought from Africa to America’ by Phyllis Wheatley (FIND IT ONLINE) A-Do the two poets speak with a unified voice? Why or why not?


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