This is a self-contained module on a poem by Alain Bosquet (1919-1998). Bosquet was a prolific author and recipient of the Prix Goncourt de poesie in 1987. Bosquet's sonnet, Imitateur, deals with the poet's frustration when his beloved criticizes his own words as unoriginal (e.g., "Tout ca, c'est dans Victor Hugo.."). The module contains links to the poetry of all of the poets named in the sonnet as well as a exercises concerning the poem, information and external links on the poet, and notes on poetic voice.
Type of Material:
This module can be used independently or as an in-class assignment.
No special plug-ins needed
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learner will learn about poetic voice, the sonnet and French poetry.
Target Student Population:
Students of French language and literature and all poetry students with the French reading proficiency required to read the sonnet.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Intermediate French reading proficiency
Bosquet's sonnet, is presented first with links within the text to Ronsard,Hugo, Lamartine, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Vigny. The simple, straightforward presentation allows students to first enjoy this debate on originality in sonnet form and then to discover the poets to which the "Imitateur" is being compared. The Questionnaire that follows is divided into three parts. Part One guides students through an analysis of the poem itself, the sonnet form, and the concept of poetic originality. Part Two sends points students to external sources on Alain Bosquet and proposes a variety of expansion exercises. Part Three invites students to come up with their own questions to be added to the questionnaire.
In this module, faculty will find an excellent combination of primary texts and external resources to introduce the sonnet. Access to all of these features on one simply designed page is an exemplary use of the medium.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Tennessee Bob Peckham, author of this module, has long been known worldwide for his vast collections of links to instructional websites and, most recently, to a digital library: the Andy Holt Virtual Library. This master of the megasite reveals his pedagogical knowledge in the sound instructional design of the Imitateur module. He presents the poem, provides the comprehension questions and, moves to expansion activities that promote critical thinking. This work can easily be integrated into any French Literature survey course or even in language courses.
Bosquet's poem invites the reader to discover the poetry of the celebrated French poets and Peckham's approach makes access to the literature and the pedagogy straightforward.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The module is very easy to use, favoring simplicity and primacy of content over glitzy design. It is very easy to see how one could design other modules in this way, to give students a one-stop, easy to use learning object.
Some users might object to the long scrolling page, which would get longer still if Peckham adds new questions to the questionnaire. At some point it may be necessary to resort to sub-pages to cut down on scrolling.
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