ENG201Y: group presentations, some instructions
All three of you in the group will present on the same poem
Each of you will present on the poem from a specific, different perspective e.g.
- The class must have the text of the poem two weeks before your presentation: up
to 5% will be deducted from presenters’ marks if this doesn’t happen.
- If it’s in the anthology but not on the syllabus, write the title of
the poem and the page number on the board.
- If it’s not in the anthology, make sure that everybody has a copy.
- You can bring in 35 xeroxes to class (Get it done for 5 cents or less and CP will
- You can give CP a xerox of the poem in time for her to give copies to the class two
You’re thoroughly encouraged to use secondary sources
- contemporary reactions (ask a librarian at Robarts to help you find reviews)
- biographical/psychological importance
- identity politics (race, gender, nationality – black, female, Canadian, etc.)
- -related: cultural function of poetry, e.g.
- what does Alligator Pie have to do with the Toronto Public Library?
- what sort of Poet Laureate will George Bowering be?
- what else happens at a poetry reading? at a poetry slam?
- a genre or mode (elegy, pastoral, etc.)
- a mythic pattern
- an image
The group’s presentation should take no more than 45 minutes
- ask me or a librarian for help
- I would (in most cases) suggest starting with a reference book, e.g. The Oxford
Companion to Canadian Literature
- read the entry for your author and for “Poetry in English” and see where this goes
Each of you will hand in a written version of your presentation.
- each contribution should take no more than 10 minutes
CP has a large gong and a long hook which will be used after 12
- members of the group should explicitly articulate the relationships among individual
presentations (i.e. you should know what everybody else is doing and how what you’re
doing relates to that!)
- each contribution should be designed to provoke discussion
- hold the discussion until after all of you have presented!
- The written version must contain all of the information that you present.
- The written version must document the source(s) of the information that you use,
precisely and using conventional bibliographical format.
- The written version may be in point form, as long as it is as coherent,
comprehensive, clear, and legible.
- You may hand in the written notes up to a week later, in order to incorporate insights