Write a poem that follows the structure, form, style, and other elements of a poem of your choice.

Background
In this block, we’ve focused our discussion on different aspects of poetry: as an act of resistance,as a platform to make a statement, as a form of expression, and part of identity and humanexperience. By looking at different poets, from Emily Dickenson, to Ginsberg, to Juan FelipeHerrera, and to most contemporary poets like Amanda Gorman and Sy Stokes. All these poetshave something in common –their way of negotiating with words and exploring style andstructure in poetry…AssignmentPart 1 (150 points) Write a poem that follows the structure, form, style, and other elements of a poem of your choice.Use that poem of your choice as a mentor text to write your own poem. It could be another poemby Ginsberg, Dickenson, or any of the poets we discussed in class. Or you can use a poem froman author we didn’t discuss in class. For example, if you chose “Sonnet 18,” you would write asonnet in a similar poetic form (number of stanzas, rhyme, meter, etc.). Of course, your poemdoes not have to have the same themes or be about love, for instance. But it does need to followthe structure of the poem you’re using as a guide. Write a poem that follows the structure, form, style, and other elements of one of the poems wediscussed in class. Use that poem as a mentor text to write your own poem. For example, if youchose “Americano” by Emanuel Xavier, you could use some of the lines from his poem (i.e., “Ilook at myself in the mirror/ trying to figure out what makes me…”) Or you could use repetitionas a literary device to emphasize a specific point or idea in your poem. You can also use that formto make a statement, a definition of what makes you who you are. Write a poem that shows your style. It could be related to the previous poems; it could besomething you would like to try, or you could create something new that shows more about youas a writer, a person, an individual. Use stanzas, white space, repetition, and punctuationintentionally to make a statement. Remember that each line, phrase, word, and even white spaceis intentional and specific. So, pay attention to the choices you make and keep in mind that thispoem reflects who you as a writer. Feel free to use visual aids such as a video, an image, orsomething that goes with that poem. You can also use Stokes’s poem, “Dear White Counselor,”as a mentor text if that is something you’d prefer. Be creative, have fun, explore your writing withpoetry!Helpful TipThe goal of this project is for you to explore different styles and structures of poetry, using other poems asmentor texts. There is no wrong or right way of writing your poems. The idea is that you use someelements from a mentor poem as a starting point.Poems Page Requirements: 3 poems total, from different styles and poetic forms Double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 Title (no underlined, bolded, or highlighted) Spell-checked and proofread Clear and intentional punctuation
Part 2 (50 points)Write a reflection page in which you answer the following questions:▪ Intention —What motivated you to write about these poems? What are the poems about? Whatdo they reflect? What are the intentions behind each poem?▪ Ideas — What are the literary devices you employed in each poem? How does each literarydevice help you enhance the intentions that the poems convey? How effective do you think thosedevices are?▪ Structure — What is the structure and poetic form of each poem? What helped you make thechoices you made about line breaks, stanza forms, repetition, rhyme, punctuation (or lackthereof)? How would you define that structure and poetic form for each poem?▪ Exploration — Looking back at each of these poems, the choices you made, the process ofcreating these poems, how do you think this project help you explore language and writing inpoetry? In other words, what did you learn from this project? How do you think this project helpyou explore language and writing in poetry and literature?Reflection Page Requirement: Your Name, My Name, Class, and date of submission, in that order. Double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12, one-inch margin Spell-checked, proofread, and edited
Note: This reflection page goes before the poems.

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