LIT 210 appendix_g - poetry word order
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Axia College Material Appendix G Word Order Activity 1 Choose one poem from the assigned reading in Week Six and insert the poem as well as its title and author below The Starry Night Ann Sexton The town does not exist except where one blackhaired tree slips up like a drowned woman into the hot sky The town is silent The night boils with eleven stars Oh starry starry night This is how I want to die It moves They are all alive Even the moon bulges in its orange irons to push children like a god from its eye The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars Oh starry starry night This is how I want to die into that rushing beast of the night sucked up by that great dragon to split from my life with no flag no belly no cry 2 Rearrange the words of the poem in any order you choose Review your poem to ensure that each word is included Oh blackhaired town The drowned woman does not exist The starry rushing children are all alive To push the old moon to night LIT 210 I want to split the bulging dragon lnto that starry flag Even that serpent wants to die Sucked up from my life It moves This is how a god Slips up like an eye unseen Bulges in its beast Oh orange belly Swallow up the town This is how the night boils This is how eleven hot irons With no life want to die I cry They are starry starry 3 Explain how changing the word order of the poem affected its meaning Changing the word order created a poem more about a town than about the stars or moon The original poem is a vivid description of Van Gogh s Starry Night which discusses how the author feels about the colors and the objects within the painting The author starts by claiming that the town does not exist After changing the words the town became the focus of the poem although nonsense seemed to prevail throughout many parts of the reordered stanzas There are other major differences too such as the original reference to the tree which is like a drowned woman In the reordered version the woman does not exist Also the original work claims that the moon pushes children the stars from its eye like a god After the rewording of the poem the children are not a simile but rather are real people rushing to push the old moon into night Rather than the dragon sucking up the images of the first poem the new version claims that the author wants to split the dragon into a starry flag I m not sure how that works but this could be a contextual symbol for the US the starspangled banner The new version continues with a cry for the orange belly to swallow up the town while the night boils and eleven hot irons with no life want to die The reference to the irons end with the author claiming they are starry starry Again this might be some symbolism for a brutal town which the author hopes to see destroyed whether figuratively or literally 4 Determine whether your poem or the original more effectively uses literary devices and conventions of poetry and explain your reasoning LIT 210 I believe the original poem more effectively uses literary devices because Sexton does a spectacular job of portraying her feelings of a timeless painting created by a rather tormented and sad individual The painting has been a symbol for many years of the vivid image of a village at night in Van Gogh s time and this painting has captured the imaginations of musicians and poets alike My reworded version on the other hand does not seem to reflect any particular feelings but rather a rant about a town that should be destroyed LIT 210
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