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Posted by: Jeanette (67.213.187.---)
Date: October 01, 2002 09:36PM

How can I teach my poem to my class?
I'm in ninth grade and my poem is called Success is counted Sweetest
by Emily Dickinson. I need to teach it to them until they understand.

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Posted by: Desi (195.7.32.---)
Date: October 02, 2002 09:20AM

why don't you ask your class to put the poem down in their own words first? And then ask them why emily would have chosen some words etc.

If you post the poem, maybe I can think of more.

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Posted by: Jeanette (67.213.133.---)
Date: October 02, 2002 07:28PM

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of victory

As he defeated--dying--
On whose forbiden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

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Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.16.---)
Date: October 02, 2002 08:34PM


have them read out loud

have them come up with modern equivalents (one I think of is "No one says 'it's only a game' when they're winning')


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Posted by: Desi (195.7.32.---)
Date: October 03, 2002 04:41AM

And ask them why they think she wrote the poem. Maybe she had an argument with someone, or she was a bit upset about losing. Let loose their imagination and they will come up with good ideas I think, all of them equally true/untrue if it fits the text. And it will make it easier for them to understand and remember the poem.

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Posted by: willy (194.74.230.---)
Date: October 03, 2002 11:42AM

lick their willy

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Posted by: Chesil (12.224.137.---)
Date: October 03, 2002 02:33PM

You might ask them how they think she pronounced victory. Tsk tsk.

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Posted by: Hugh Clary (12.91.174.---)
Date: October 04, 2002 02:09PM

I understand she was a cheerleader at her local Amherst High School, and they rhymed it as the last two words of their 'Go Team, Hooray, Victoray!' fight song.

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