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Hubris at the Bat

writing a parody of Casey at the Bat
about a modern day character


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In his poem, Casey at the Bat, poet Ernest Lawrence Thayer shows us how excessive pride--or hubris--plays into the story of a baseball hero. Casey's over-confidence in himself is apparent throughout the poem, and, when we read the poem the first time, it is almost a surprise ending to us that he actually strikes out.

Today, you will be creating a writer's notebook page (like the one pictured) that does two things: 1) explores Casey's hubris and 2) sets up space for you to come back this page to record future characters who also show hubris.

When your notebook page is done, consider coming back and writing a poem that uses Thayer's poem's organization and poetry pattern. Your original poem should be about a different character (one from a book you've read or one that you make up in your mind) who also shows hubris).

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Who might your five-stanza parody be about?

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