Eng 9 HW#2

Due date: Friday Feb. 2

General Instructions for Homework

  1. Homework is usually posted on Friday mornings – the week before it is due.
  2. Homework is only posted on the website. There is no handout.
  3. We will usually discuss the homework for the next week on Friday. We do this in-class.
  4. Complete homework on lined paper. Be sure to follow the format. For the poem itself, copy it as closely to the original format as possible. Spelling, punctuation, spacing, etc. should match the original. If it does not match, you may be asked to redo it. For your answers, double space. Spelling does not count. But you must indent correctly and you must use correct punctuation and correct capitalization. Neatness matters – it should be readable.
  5. Turn in your homework on most Fridays (check due dates on the course outline). If you have late or missing homework, you must work on it in class during breaks until caught up.

HW#2 Instructions

  1. Read the poem Doesn’t Every Poet Write a Poem about Unrequited Love? by Mary Oliver.
  2. Read it again. Outloud.
  3. Then read it one more time.
  4. Copy the poem on a sheet of lined paper. (See above notes for instructions.)
  5. Circle 3 examples of alliteration.
  6. Underline 3 examples of sensory imagery.
  7. Answer the following questions (using 1-3 short but complete sentences and include the questions in each answer — meaning that the total # of sentences for the assignment = 3-9):
    • The person speaking in the poem says that “in matters of love of this kind there are things that we long to do but must not do”. Write a brief example of something that your average high school student in Prince Rupert may long to do, when in love, but that they must not do if the person they love does not love them back.
    • The person speaking in the poem, they love someone. Describe how they feel, given that the person they love does not love them back.
    • Is the person speaking in the poem acting like someone truly in love? Are they acting like someone should when they (truly) love someone? Why or why not? What would you do? What would you want to do?


  1. unrequited love = when you love someone (in the romantic way) but they do not love you back
  2. alliteration = when the starting sounds are the same (silly sally is smart)
  3. sensory imagery = using all the senses (sight, touch, taste, sound, smell) to render (paint in the mind of the reader) an “image” of the setting or experience being described

Mr. Kertes is an English teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, at Charles Hays Secondary School - home of the Rainmakers.