LC English Lab

Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English

The Mechanics of Poetry – Reading for Form

     Poems can take a couple of forms: 

  • Lyric – reflection on an idea/theme (not told in sequence)
  • Narrative – tells a story  
  • Didactic – written to instruct (sets out to teach a lesson)
  • Ode — written to celebrate
  • Elegy — a reflection on death and dying
  • Lament — an extended reflection on pain and sorrow

      Read Baudelaire’s poem The Swan and answer the prompt below using the 3-C Method (your topic sentence should include one of the terms above and should discuss a detail that makes it so).  

“Why tell this story?”

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