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Connecting Poems: “Love Stinks,” page 865
Poetry Discussion. Label each part of your Discussion, i.e. Part 1, Part 2.
Part 1: Read the short poem “70” by Catullus (865) carefully and slowly, allowing each word to soak your emotions. The term “Jupiter” has significant meaning (define the term and connect how “Jupiter” connects to the other ideas. Writing Topic: Make an argument about this short poem: What do you think is the speaker’s / persona’s purpose for writing this short poem? Is the tone humorous, dark, or both” Why? Why not? What words and phrases stand out for you? You must quote and cite the line(s) within your discussion. Who or what is “Jupiter” (line 1)? Why “Jupiter” versus Mars? Write a strong analysis of an argument.
Part 2: Poetry Discussion. Your Choice. Read several poems. Then, choose ONE poem for this writing from the textbook, except “The Fish” and “Dog’s Death.” Place the author’s name and page number, for example, Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Facing It” (1142). This way, we can locate and read the poem, relate and connect the poem to your ideas.
Next, write a stanza-by-stanza analysis of the poem that you choose. A “stanza” is a group of fixed number of lines…(“Stanza” 1278). What do you think, feel is happening with the speaker / persona in the poem? Cite the line number of the poem. Try to separate the author from the speaker. They may not be the same person or speaker.
Be sure to include quotes / lines from the poems. Use the slash / in poetry to show the end of a line followed by another line.
Create an in-text citation of the line number. Finally, include a Works Cited Page with the page number of the poem. For a Quick Review – see “Literary Works” (page 7) in the MLA Style Directory on Content Page.
Read and Follow the Literary Works guide for citing poetry.

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