Arcibal, Martin Lagrosa, Teddy Morales, Eril Ochoa, Adriana Metaphysical Poetry
AP Opening • Read the poem An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife (Who died and were buried together) by Richard Crashaw, and predict what the poem is about.
Opening Lesson: Metaphysical Poetry • Metaphysical poetry is a type of poetry that looks into interpretations and implications of common abstract subjects, such as love, death, faith, and human frailty. • The characteristics of metaphysical poetry include: • The use of wit, irony, and paradox • Elaborate use of literary devices (conceit and rhyme schemes) • Huge shifts in scale • Discussion of deep philosophical issues
Continuation Lesson • Using the poem An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife Who died and were buried together, answer the generic poetry questions. • What is the subject of the poem? • Who is the speaker of the poem? • What is the situation in the poem? • Describe the diction. What is its effect? Explain. • What is the tone of the poem? Explain your response? • Is there any figurative language in the poem? What is its effect on the poem’s meaning? • Explain the imagery in the poem. What is the source of the imagery? • What is the theme of meaning of the poem?
Discussion • Read the poem, Love by George Herbert. • How is the poem classified as a metaphysical poem? • What characteristics make up this type of poem? Give examples from the passage for each characteristic.
Theme • Theme – Love that Endures Eternity A. The love between two people can overcome even the state of death. B. People often do not recognize love when it appears in their lives. C. The love one person feels for another will never disappear. D. Five Poems: 1. An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife Who died and were buried together by Richard Crashaw 2. Love by George Herbert 3. A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by John Donne 4. The Given Heart by Abraham Cowley 5. Innocence by Thomas Traherne
Culminating Writing Assignment • In a well developed essay, discuss how the stylistic devices present in A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by John Donne contribute to the development of its theme?
Exit Ticket • What are the characteristics of a metaphysical poem?