Moping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetry
Study guide for our introduction to poetry for high school students. The guide with the text sets the student on firm ground before tackling other studies in poetry. Lessons include Edgar Allan Poe's "The Philosophy of Composition," which is Poe's step-by-step approach to writing poetry. Poe uses for his example "The Raven." Other lessons offer information about figurative expression, patterned repetition in sounds and stress, forms of poetry such as sonnets and stanzas, and compression of thought through multiple meanings, imagery and symbolism. Some of the poets represented in these lessons are Housman, Poe, Wordsworth, Donne, Hopkins, Tennyson, Blake, Byron, Shakespeare, Pope, Pound, Noyes, and others. This guide with text is ideal for students just starting high school or for anyone who is interested in learning more about poetry.