A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

Hailey, Idaho

On the literary map, travel from Seattle, Washington, to Hailey, Idaho.


# _____________ Miles to Hailey, Idaho.

$ _____________ Cost for Gasoline to Hailey, Idaho.

Visit Ezra Pound at www.Poets.org and fill-in-the-blanks.

"Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. In the early teens of the twentieth century, he opened a seminal exchange of work and ideas between British and American writers, and was famous for the generosity with which he advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., and T. S. Eliot. "

"His own significant contributions to poetry begin with his promulgation of _______________, a movement in poetry which derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry - stressing__________________________________________ 'composed in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome.' His later work, for nearly fifty years, focused on the encyclopedic epic poem he entitled __________________."

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

Question: To what does he compare the faces/ What does the comparison imply about the fragility of human beings? What is suggested by the image of a wet bough?

Fan-Piece, for Her Imperial Lord

O fan of white silk, clear as frost on the grass-blade, You also are laid aside.

Question: What does the title suggest about the identity of the speaker? What do you think has been put aside besides the fan itself?

READ: “The River-Merchant’s Wife”:

Question: The poem is adapted from a Chinese poem by Li T’ai Po. What stage of her life and her husband’s does she refer to in the first section of the poem? What are the emotions suggested by “I grow older”?