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Fireside Poetry

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Information about the fireside poets and outline of a student project to go along with these poets

Information about the fireside poets and outline of a student project to go along with these poets

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  • 1. America's First Literary Stars The Fireside Poets
  • 2. What are the Fireside Poets?
    • First group of American poets to rival British poets in popularity in either country.
    • Notable for their scholarship and the resilience of their lines and themes.
    • Preferred conventional forms over experimentation.
    • Often used American legends and scenes of American life as their subject matter.
  • 3. What are the Fireside Poets?
    • Their works were particularly suitable for memorization and recitation, both in schools and at home
    • It became a source of entertainment for families gathered around the fire; thus, these gatherings became known as “Fireside Chats”
    • The poets were given the nickname “Fireside Poets”
  • 4. Who were the Fireside Poets?
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • William Cullen Bryant
    • James Russell Lowell
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
    • John Greenleaf Whittier
  • 5. Lasting Impact
    • Longfellow
      • Remained the most popular American poet for decades
      • The only American poet to be immortalized by a bust in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner
    • Took on causes in their poetry, such as the abolition of slavery, which brought the issues to the forefront in an acceptable way
    • Through their scholarship and editorial efforts, they paved the way for later Romantic writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman
  • 6. Fireside Project
    • The class will be divided into five groups, each group taking a different fireside poet
      • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      • William Cullen Bryant
      • James Russell Lowell
      • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
      • John Greenleaf Whittier
  • 7. Fireside Project
    • You will then do research in your groups to find out information about your poet
      • Individually
        • Biographical information
          • Early Years
          • Later Years
        • Their causes/beliefs/passions
        • Subject matter of their poetry
        • Popular titles
      • Together - select and print a poem you like by this poet (All print the same poem)
  • 8. Fireside Project
    • Share research findings with group
    • Create an outline with a Bibliography (each member must do this)
      • Each person’s outline and bibliography will be turned in for grading
      • One person’s outline and bibliography will be graded
      • Make sure everyone’s is correct!
  • 9. Fireside Chat Project
    • Put together a presentation
    • Your presentation
      • Needs to give notes to your other classmates on the poet
      • Reenact a fireside chat
      • Everyone must have a speaking part in the presentation
      • All parts need to be memorized (especially the poem)

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