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.
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.
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!
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')
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.
lick their willy
You might ask them how they think she pronounced victory. Tsk tsk.
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.