English 9 Honors: Parody Fun!

Hey, Jags!

We’re almost done with our poetry unit! Before sending you off to your spring break shenanigans, I need to assess your mastery of the concepts we’ve explored over the past couple of weeks, and what’s a better way to do that then by making fun of some of the greatest poets of our time?

That’s right: we’re going to end this unit with parodies!

Not sure what a parody is?

Check out this super nerdy Wierd Al Yankovic’s parody of Robin Thick’s controversial song, “Blurred Lines.”

Prediction Time!

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.17.34 PMSo, what’s a parody? Great question! Now that you’ve seen an example of a parody, take a moment and jot a quick prediction of the definition. Then, click on the thumbnail to the right to view Google’s definition of parody.

Literary Parody

Now that you’re familiar with the concept, check out Penelope Bryant Turk’s parody of Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall.” Turk’s version is titled, “‘Mending Test’ (Apologies to Robert Frost) A Parody of Frost’s ‘Mending Wall.'”

Make a list of the strategies Turk used to create her parody. How is her poem different from Frost’s? How is it similar?

Project Time!

Check out the directions for your Poetic Parody Project, due on Monday, March 21st. We will have presentations the week before spring break! Specific presentation times will be available once the bell schedule for that week has been released.

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