Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Reading Period 23 : February 12-18 : Gerard Manley Hopkins and A.E. Housman


In the textbook, read pages 657-666.
Online, read the following:


Choose two of the following:

Art Connection:

Read about the details of the shipwreck that inspired the poem, "The Wreck of the Deutschland." Create a picture illustrating the scene. 

History Connection:

Complete this history lesson about Victorian times from the National Archives in England. Post about your experience with this site. Was it a good way to learn the material? Do you think you will retain this lesson? 

Writing Connection:

Write a poem in the style of "Is My Team Ploughing" by A.E. Housman, giving a dialogue, stanza by stanza, between someone who has died and someone still alive. Make the details from modern life, like maybe "Is that My Cell Phone Ringing?" or "Is that My Email Inbox Filling Up?" 


1. What does it mean that Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems were published posthumously?

2. What big change did Gerard Manley Hopkins experience in his practice of religion and what effect did that have on his work?

3. What literary device is at work in the first two lines of “The Windhover”?

4. Read about “Sprung Rhythm” on page 662. Then type the first stanza of Pied Beauty with the stressed syllables in capital letters. How does this demonstrate sprung rhythm?

5. How many stanzas of “The Wreck of the Deutschland” does it take to get to a mention of actual ship and shipwreck? Tell me the line where it first comes up.

6. Give three examples of invented words in Hopkins’ “Epithalamion.” Choose your three favorite.

7. Having read “The Beginning of the End,” would you say it is an example of Hopkins’ use of sprung rhythm or is it an example of the more traditional running rhythm?

8. A. E. Housman’s most famous collection of poems is called “A Shropshire Lad.” Google Shropshire, and tell me something interesting about Shropshire, where A. E. Housman grew up.

9. Looking at Housman’s poems in the book, would you say he was innovating with form, or would you say he was using traditional forms?

10. Describe the dialogue in “Is My Team Ploughing?” Who is asking questions and who is answering those questions?

11. Why does the speaker say that the athlete in “To an Athlete Dying Young” is fortunate?

12. What did Housman teach at Cambridge University?

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