The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Sound, Tone, and Rhythm

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Focus on the musicality of poetry by reading out loud or playing a recording of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" and "The City and the Sea." Discuss the tone, rhythm, and sounds of the poems before launching into a written analysis of the mood and devices in "The Bells." Note that the instructional activity references specific pages of Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, but the poems can be found elsewhere.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Pros

  • Lesson is clearly focused and offers the opportunity for pupils to read and hear each poem multiple times
  • See the materials for links to the reader's guide and handouts
Cons

  • Assumes prior knowledge of literary devices; some pupils will need additional scaffolding and explantation