Poetry Syllabus - English with Mr. Abarbanel


Poetry Syllabus - English with Mr. Abarbanel

Mr. M. Abarbanel

Poetry Syllabus

‣ Dead Poets Society

Poetry Placemat

Introduction to Poetry – Billy Collins

‣ Introduction to Poetry Slideshow

Po E 3 – Lillian Allen

The Word – Pablo Neruda

‣ Practice with Metaphors: Cookie Poetry

1 st original practice poem

‣ Vocabulary and Quiz

‣ Doing Poetry Pt.1

You Are Reading This Too Fast – Ken Norris

My Papa’s Waltz – Theodore Roethke

Elkton, Minnesota – Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones)

The City Planners – Margaret Atwood

2 nd original practice poem

‣ Doing Poetry Pt. 2

We Are Not the Poem – Natalie Goldberg (W.D.T.B.)

Solipsism While Dying – Margaret Atwood

Composting – Natalie Goldberg (W.D.T.B.)

My Father Hurt – Fred Wah

Don’t Tell, but Show – Natalie Goldberg (W.D.T.B.)

Be Specific – Natalie Goldberg (W.D.T.B.)

This is Just to Say – William Carlos Williams

Small song in praise of baths – Jan Zwicky

The Eagle – Lord Alfred Tennyson

3 rd original practice poem

‣ Studies in form, rhyme, and meter:


4 th original practice poem

Concrete Poems

Tractor Factor – Gene Dawson

Social Worker – Lillian Allen


Sonnet 116 – William Shakespeare

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas

Fully Empowered – Pablo Neruda

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General – W.S. Gilbert

5 th original practice poem

‣ Miscellaneous:

Excerpts from selected plays – William Shakespeare

Funeral Blues – W.H. Auden

Memory – David Helwig

Modern Ode to the Modern School – John Erskine

Endless Poem – Yehuda Amichai

When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be – John Keats

‣ Peer review of one original poem for presentation

‣ Presentation: one original poem




Brief Introduction



- Theme and Meaning

- Poetic Devices

- Figurative Language

- What words or sounds appeal to the senses and how does the

imagery used enhance the poem’s experience and meaning?

- Are there stanzas? Is there a set rhyme scheme or metric

pattern? Does the poem follow a fixed form? Is there repetition?

Does the form add depth to the meaning of the poem?

Poetry Test (sight passage)

Poetry and Music: Lyrics (one song per day)

Pamphleteer – The Weakerthans

Who Loves the Sun? – The Velvet Underground

I am a Rock – Paul Simon

Climbing up the Walls – Radiohead

Get Together – The Youngbloods

Poor Boy – Nick Drake

Heart of Gold – Neil Young

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

Big Rock-Candy Mountains – Harry McClintock

At Last – Etta James

Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows

City of Blinding Lights – U2

This Charming Man – The Smiths

Everything Happens to Me – Chet Baker

My Ideal – Chet Baker

But Not for Me – Ira Gershwin

Let it Die – Feist

Don’t Think Twice, it’s Alright – Bob Dylan

She Talks to Angels – The Black Crowes

Castles Made of Sand – Jimi Hendrix

Lost Cause – Beck

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

I am the Walrus – The Beatles

You Will be Waiting – Barenaked Ladies

I’ve Got you Under my Skin – Cole Porter

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Anything Goes – Cole Porter

Colin Zeal – Blur

Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor

Dust in the Wind – Kansas

People are Strange – The Doors

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye

Imagine – John Lennon

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