 They’re   our signal that a text is poetry, not  prose. They can create rhythm. They control the pace/speed of a poem....
William Carlos Williams’     “This Is Just to Say”         in Varied Forms
This is just to say I have eaten the plums that were in the iceboxand which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgiv...
This Is Just to Say                                       This Is Just to SayI have eaten the plums that were in the icebo...
 Stanza is Italian for “room”   • Think of stanzas of a poem as rooms of a house Indicates a pause Often coincides with...
This Is Just to Say        This Is Just to Say              I                          I              have                ...
This Is Just to Say          This Is Just to SayI                            I have eatenhave                         the ...
 What  happens when you break a line/stanza mid-sentence?
 “This   is Just to Say”  • William Carlos Williams Youdetermine the line breaks & stanza breaks.
 Justification   (left, right, center) Font  • Typeface  • Size  • Bold/italics/underline Shape    of poems Tabs Spac...
 See   Natalie’s poem.
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  1. 1.  They’re our signal that a text is poetry, not prose. They can create rhythm. They control the pace/speed of a poem. They can emphasize words or ideas.
  2. 2. William Carlos Williams’ “This Is Just to Say” in Varied Forms
  3. 3. This is just to say I have eaten the plums that were in the iceboxand which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me;they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.This Is Just to SayI have eaten the plums that were in the iceboxand which you were probably saving for breakfast.Forgive me; they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.What’s the difference between these two poems?
  4. 4. This Is Just to Say This Is Just to SayI have eaten the plums that were in the icebox Iand which you were probably saving for breakfast. haveForgive me; they were delicious – so sweet and so cold. eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were What’s the difference between these two delicious poems? so sweet and so cold What effect do the shorter lines have?
  5. 5.  Stanza is Italian for “room” • Think of stanzas of a poem as rooms of a house Indicates a pause Often coincides with the rhythm of a poem/song. Used strictly in forms Prevents confusion (through organization)/ boredom in readers Poem’s form of a paragraph Best thing? There’s no right or wrong way to divide one of your own poems.
  6. 6. This Is Just to Say This Is Just to Say I I have have eaten eaten the plums that were in the plums the icebox that were in and which you were the icebox probably saving and which for you were breakfast probably Forgive me saving they were delicious for so sweet breakfast and so cold Forgive me they were deliciousHow do the stanza breaks influence the so sweetreading of the poem? and so cold
  7. 7. This Is Just to Say This Is Just to SayI I have eatenhave the plumseaten that were in the iceboxthe plumsthat were in and which you were probablythe icebox saving for breakfastand whichyou were Forgive meprobably they were delicioussaving so sweet and so coldforbreakfastForgive methey were How do the stanza breaks influence thedelicious reading of the poem?so sweetand so cold
  8. 8.  What happens when you break a line/stanza mid-sentence?
  9. 9.  “This is Just to Say” • William Carlos Williams Youdetermine the line breaks & stanza breaks.
  10. 10.  Justification (left, right, center) Font • Typeface • Size • Bold/italics/underline Shape of poems Tabs Space between words
  11. 11.  See Natalie’s poem.
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