Your Readings of Turn of the Century Poetry

For in-class work on Wednesday and Thursday…

On your own, read through the poetry handed out in class (which can also be found here):

  • “We Wear the Mask” Dunbar
  • “Sympathy” Dunbar
  • “Chicago” Sandburg
  • “I Am the People, the Mob” Sandburg
  • “I Hear America Singing” Whitman
  • “The New Colossus” Lazarus

Annotate your own ideas and interpretations. Use the Signposts to help you. Look up and note Word Gaps. (Use the dictionary app on your laptop!)

Right now, you are reading on your own. You’re thinking about the poems for yourself, considering what you think they mean or what they mean to you…  You are practicing your close reading and analysis skills on your own.

There are no right or wrong answers, of course.