By 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, please post below your first and second choices for poems to do oral commentary on next week. Simply copy, paste and post both poems as a reply to this blog post, indicating which you prefer. I want to approve all of your poems as soon as possible so that you can begin your analysis before Monday’s class. You’ll be submitting oral commentaries on these songs for next Wednesday. By posting on the blog, other students can take a look at appropriate selections, and can also look over your second-choice poems and possibly choose them.
I would like all students to choose new, modern poems between 15 and 25 lines in length, because I want to avoid poems with extensive analysis available online. (I am willing to make some exceptions for students who truly prefer older poems, but if your poem is analyzed on SparkNotes, Shmoop or GradeSaver, it is not eligible.) The poem you choose must be by a published, professional poet (i.e., amateur online poetry is not appropriate for this assignment).
This is an excellent site for reviewing possible choices, and this site is also useful. If you set the browse or search options to poets born in the 20th century, you will avoid many overanalyzed options.