Author Archives: Jess Barga

Heart of Darkness & Apocalypse Now: text vs. film

Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now are two very separate entities, but in my view, Coppola played with the ideas from the original text in some meaningful ways. Please choose one aspect (a character, motif, scene, theme, etc.) of the text, and comment … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: selections for memorization and commentary

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 … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: Carol Ann Duffy

This post is due by the time your class meets on Thursday, 23 April. In class, we’ll read the first poem below (“Litany”), and discuss its main ideas. For homework, you should also read the second poem (“In Mrs. Tilscher’s Class”). … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: Sonnets

This post is due by the time your class meets on Tuesday, 21 April. Thank you to the students who posted earlier. One of the most enduring poetic forms, the sonnet—a fourteen-line lyric poem about a single topic, with strict rules … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: “Annabel Lee”

Read “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe below, and then, in a reply to this post, do the following in approximately 4 – 8 sentences. Comment on the poem’s rhythm and rhyme. What patterns do you notice? How does this differ … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: Mary Oliver

Post due by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, 13 April Read the two Mary Oliver poems below, and then, in a reply to this post, do the following in approximately 4 – 6 sentences. Indicate which of the two poems appeals … Continue reading

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English 9 poetry: “Kubla Khan”

Post due by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 9 April Read Samuel Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” (below), and then, in a reply to this post, do the following. Please do not look up any analysis of the poem online before answering the questions: there … Continue reading

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