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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

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Fireside Poetry

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