After Apple Picking What? Wrong type of apple?
20 minute prep time… • Those guiding questions are just that… a GUIDE. You do not need to answer them if you do not need them. • Answering them will not lower your score. IB will not think you are less creative. • What to expect: You’ll be with Mr. Diewald. He’s a nice guy. He’ll supply you with a table, highlighters, pen, paper, mints, etc. No? Still wrong?
How to prep… • Read once. Twice? • Look for details. STOP BAD FIT may help.S – symbols T – ThemesO – OrganizationP – ProgressionB – Big 3 (audience, speaker, situation)A – Atmosphere (mood)D – DictionF – Figurative LanguageI – ImageryT - Tone Hey, look!It’s an apple!!
How to prep… I. Intro material A. Intro to poem (poet, where it fits in w/ other works?) B. Literal interpretation (who isspeaker? Audience? Situation?) C. Your thesis statement. Which specific elements did Frost use to write such a cool poem?) II. Element #1 A. SPECIFIC example B. impact on poem, audience, etc.III. Etc… Cool, huh?
Oral Commentary, Part 1 What to expect:1. YOU get to start the time… or at least tell me when to do so.2. You MAY walk around, stand up, etc., while you speak. 3. Expect me to write notes. No big deal… it’s just to remind me what to ask you after you finish. 4. You MAY pause, but the clock still runs. 5. When you’re done… just say so. ANGRY APPLE!
So the poem I’m going to talk about is “After Apple Picking.” Pretty much, this is a poem written by Frost. He talks about a man who is done picking apples for the day and is contemplating going to sleep. So, in line one he starts talking about a ladder, which could probably represent reaching for something. He says that it is reaching “toward heaven still,” so I think he’s got big goals. The speaker then goes on to talk about barrels that weren’t filled. This is lines 3 an 4. He may have big goals, but clearly he hasn’t actually met them. He even admits in lines 5 and 6 that there are even apples left on some trees, so if this is about goals this is a man who hasn’t met many.
The poem I am going to discuss is “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost. Like many of Frost’s poems, “After Apple Picking” reads like a short drama. It is narrated from a first-person point of view where the poet refers to himself as “I” and is a principle part of the poem. He describes the setting and the emotions related to picking apples. This speaker is quite ambiguous. He’s talking about the process of picking apples, but he doesn’t really share WHEN this apple picking is occurring. Was it earlier this day, did this happen much earlier in life, or was this even part of a dream? This ambiguity is central to the poem, and Frost uses several literary devices to portray it. I would like to primarily talk about the poem’s inconsistent structure, both in verb tenses and in rhythm, and Frost’s use of diction. Both of these devices leave the reader with the idea that this poem is about weariness and resigning to sleep.
So… after the intro… now what? SLOWLY go through your points… just like you would as you write a paper. Talk in paragraphs. A. Here’s point 1 what I’ll sayB. Here’s point 2 what I’ll sayThat’s better than:line 1 says…line 2 says…line 3 says… HAPPY APPLE!
Middle of Commentary So Frost uses a lot of diction in this poem. For example, he uses words like “this sleep of mine” at the end of the poem, which tells me he is talking about his own sleep. He also talks about the woodchuck’s “long sleep” or “just some human sleep.” This tells me that the speaker doesn’t know whether or not he is going to wake up. Which sleep will it be? The long sleep (death) or some human sleep?
Middle of Commentary Frost selected words that show ambiguity. As readers, we don’t know if the speaker is contemplating a night of dreams or the “long sleep” of death. Frost doesn’t tell us. He continues to refer to sleep… four times in the last five lines alone… without clarifying with a more descriptive word. The speaker himself seems to want clarification. After all, he even wishes that the woodchuck were still around to say whether it is like an animal’s hibernation, like death, or just simply “human sleep.” This simple diction is ambiguous. The speaker… and the reader… would like more descriptive words.
Want another example? Remember… “After Apple Picking” had an interesting structure. If you’re going to mention how this poem alternates between an awake and a dream-like state, you have to mention structure. Just make sure you mention whatthe structure DOES for the poem… SHARK APPLE?
Middle of Commentary The structure of the poem changes. Sometimes it is in iambic pentameter and sometimes it is not. For example, the poem seems to switch around line 14 and the lines become considerably shorter. The lines get short again around line 25, when Frost says “the rumbling sound.”
Middle of Commentary This ambiguity is seen in the structure of the poem itself. Throughout the poem, the reader (and, perhaps, the speaker himself) does not know whether or not we are awake or asleep. The rhyme scheme switches. For example, the poem is written generally in pentameter until line 14, which is shortly after the speaker himself mentions he is drowsing off. The structure seems to flow from structured and organized to free verse, much like a person might go from awake to asleep multiple times while dozing off. Likewise, Frost manipulates verb tenses. At times, the speaker uses present tense…
Wrapping it up… Consider finalizing thoughts on theme or how this relates to the rest of Frost’s works. A great idea? Frost talks frequently about the human condition. What does your poemsay about that? IT’S AN APPLE…COVERED IN FROST!HAHA!!
Commentary, Part 2 What to expect:1. A random draw of a card. “So, let’s spend some time chatting about Macbeth.”2. Expect me to take notes… to remember what I want to ask you. 3. Remember to focus your answers on literary devices, not just plot. WATCH OUT, SNOW WHITE!
Commentary, Part 2 What can a whole apple do that half an apple can’t do? It can look round!! I’m so sorry…
Final questions? So we’ve gone through the core points, so hopefully the IOC is looking a little more appealing.Any extra questions?Time to get some in’cider help?Wasn’t this a rotten powerpoint?