Poetry: T. S. Eliot

John Sherck’s blog reminded me that it’s national poetry month.  I just finished up a poetry unit at school, so I’ll share some elements from a fun lesson.  First, I have the class read “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.” We dissect the poem, it’s imagery, the language, the themes.  We learn that adolescence and middle age have a lot in common. We all wonder whether and when we “dare disturb the universe.”  The analysis and discussion of the poem takes my class two days, so take some time reading it yourself.

Then we finish by watching the music video for the Crash Test Dummies’ “Afternoons and Coffeespoons.” This video loads slowly, but it has the best resolution.  There’s a faster loading one on youtube if you’re impatient.  The lyrics are here, in case you’d like to review any of them.

Enjoy!  Feel free to comment!

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