Greetings English Enthusiasts!
Today we started our crash course in contemporary poetry.
Poetry in Latin means beauty –specifically in words. I would argue that you can find poetry in almost everything if you take the time to stop and take it in.
Many people in both sections did not believe that what I presented in class was Poetry. Spoiler Alert: poetry doesn’t always rhyme, it’s not always boring, it’s not always hard or trying to confuse and trick you.
Second Spoiler Alert: Everything I showed you today IS poetry- just not examples that you are used to looking at. (Poets can’t be famous nowadays just by writing sonnets. They have to get creative.)
With that being said, slow down a bit and analyze what we looked at in class on Introduction Day. What do you find beautiful about what we looked/listened to today?
Pick one of the examples that I showed you and find something beautiful about it. Why do you find it so? Write a few sentences about it.
After you have done that, slow down even more and determine how the author or the poems places his words in the poem. How does this impact the meaning? What kind of Tone and Mood is the author trying to accomplish? Write a few sentences about this too.
I’m excited to see what you come up with- especially if you’re willing to open up your mind a little bit.
If you want a refresher, you can find Christian Bok’s work here: We looked at Mushroom Clouds ‘Cyborg Opera’ and his larger printed poem (the first page of “A” ) from Euonia –both located on this website. They are located further down on the page.
We also looked at Aryam Saroyans experimental work. Google him if you’d like, and either write about the poem we looked at in class, or something else you find by him.
Responses will be due at the start of class tomorrow.
PS- If you have any questions, please feel free to email me tonight at [email protected]