Poetry and Paragraphs: a 16-Week Course of Integrated Literature, Research, and Paragraph Writing for Middle School and Early High School



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From Richard III, by William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent
    

Made glorious summer by this sun of York;


And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house


In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;

Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;


Our stern alarums chang'd to merry meetings,
 

Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
Homework Day 2
Into the copywork section of your notebook, copy these lines from the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth skipping every other line to leave space for scanning the meter. In this passage, Macbeth thinks about how meaningless his life of villainy has been, comparing life to reflections of reality such as a shadow or an actor.
Next, scan the meter. This is blank verse poetry, so most of the lines will contain 5 iambs.
Vocabulary help:

Signifying: meaning





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