ENG 125 Week 3 DQs
ENG 125 Week 3 DQs
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Week 3 DQl Question Re ecting on this week s literary readings as well as your own reading experiences identify at least one major similarity and one major difference between the forms of the short story and the poem How do the differences between these literary forms affect how you read and respond to them In your response include an example of at least one poem from this week s readings Describe the connections between a the poem s form andor use of literary devices and your experience of the poem and b your reading experience see key literary terms listed in our textbook eg alliteration rhyme iambic pentameter etc If you wish you may also compare your experience of the poem to your experience reading a short story that shares with the poem a similar theme DQl Answer When reading a short story the details are provided for me to comprehend where the writer wants me to focus or what they want me to visualize They paint a picture for me through words that allow me to picture the story in my mind Truly the only thing in a short story that I need to figure out for myself is what I think the ending will be There are times that we do not know the true murderer in the story until the end We may not know the mystery person that the writer is writing about However there is still very little for the reader to make up on their own in comparison to a poem A poem can be a tellall story in itself however this can mean many details are still left out The reader is normally left wondering if their understanding of the poem was truly how it was meant to be perceived by the writer Many times there are hidden meanings in poetry Stories can also have hidden meanings but not to the same extent in which a poem allows Symbolism is one example of this A poem can use colors to tell the reader the mood or setting If this were done in a story it would likely be overlooked or chalked up for a descriptive word Another way a poem varies from a short story is that it can be written in a form in which possesses a rhythmic tone When I read quotNot Waving But Drowningquot by Stevie Smith it brought forth the feeling of sadness It reminds me of how I sometimes see my friends doing bad things that I could have stopped them from doing but I did not stop them Since this poem was written after the friend of the writer had already died it seemed as if there was much regret on the part of the writer He wrote quotBut still he lay moaning I was much further out than you thoughtquot This immediately told me that the writer was the outside source looking in on the man who had died His remorse came after the man had died since he did not realize his friend had been asking for help all along the writer did not realize his friend needed help until it was too late This poem was written using assonance In the first section of the poem the words quot moaningquot and quotdrowningquot are used in this manor In the second section of this poem the words quotdeadquot and quotsaidquot are used as they have similar vowel sounds but the words do not themselves rhyme Stories unless they are similar to that of Dr Suess books do not normally hold this same tone The tone of a poem is one of the ways a short story varies from a poem Short stories and poems are alike in that they both tell the reader a story It can be a story about anything from love to sadness or even anger The first thing I realize in either a poem or short story is who is writing the piece In poetry the writer can take on many forms and usually it is more difficult to depict the persona than in a short story Nonetheless a story and poem both have persona behind them that forms the writing In Stevie Smith39s quotNot Waving But Drowningquot it is my initial reaction that the writer is a bystander watching the man drown I get this from the phrase quot Nobody heard him the dead manquot In a short story the reader is able to determine who the story is written by whether it is the scorned lover or the third person narration by a knowledgable source or anything along those lines If we can determine who is writing the story within the first few lines of a poem or paragraphs of a short story we can gather the tone in which the writer wishes us to read into In this particular poem the piece is written by the friend of the dead man that watched his friend die The writer can use figurative language to make us the readers feel the tone or emotion in which they feel Another piece that can be found in both a short story or a poem is figurative language Figurative language can be found in either a short story or a poem It enables the reader to compare two things Similes and metaphors are two uses of figurative language that allows the reader to compare two things as the writer desires In Lord Tennyson Alfred39s quotThe Oakquot he uses a simile of the oak tree quotlike yon oakquot to compare against life both of the young and old quotlive thy lifequot When reading a poem that has rhythm behind it I find myself trying to guess the next word that the writer will have me reading It makes me feel as ifI am more so filling in a blank even though the word is already there for me When Lord Tennyson Alfred writes that quotlive thy life young and old like yon oakquot I find myself thinking of words that rhyme with old that the writer could have used He could have used quotgoldquot or quotmoldquot or quotcoldquot or anything that rhymed with quotoldquot Continuing on with the poem I find that the writer used quotgoldquot It makes me wonder why he chose quotgoldquot to rhyme with quotoldquot In cases of rhyming poems I find myself focusing more on the rhythm and words than the actual meanings of the poem It is distracting to me to read rhyming words It makes me wonder if the writer honestly wanted to use the word gold or if it was the only rhyming word he could find to fit what he was trying to make me the reader feel There are only so many words that rhyme with quotoldquot The next section Alfred uses the rhyming words quotthenquot and quotagainquot to create the rhythm It again makes me wonder if he really wanted to use those words or if it was the limitation of words he had to choose from that rhymed with quotthenquot Short stories do not have this type of rhythm therefore my focus is on the words instead of the rhyme DQ2 Question Listen to We Real Cool and My Papa s Waltz These clips demonstrate the importance of performance rhythm and musicality in the poetic form Describe your listening experience of one or more of the poems If you prefer you may find a recording of another poem from the course readings and describe your listening experience of it instead If you choose this option be sure to provide a link to the audio of the chosen poem How did hearing the texts recited aloud compare to a silent reading of itthem Did the performance in any ways add to or detract from your experience of the text Did the performance change your perception of the poem or its content in any ways Explain how or how not Support your ideas with textual details and analysis When applicable address how specific literary techniques andor devices contributed to your experience DQ2 Answer When listening to Gwendolyn Brooks read her poem quotWe Real Coolquot it reminded me of the movie quotGreasequot back in the late 197039s It was initially written about some unruly kids that she viewed from outside of a pool haul while they should have been at school This was her viewpoint and thus the persona of the poem I must compare it again to the movie quotGreasequot In her poem with the tone in which she tells the poem I can identify the slang of the words with the era of greasers Instead of saying quotwe are real coolquot she imagines them thinking quotwe real coolquot which either means they are illiterate or she imagines them talking like greasers with their own variance to vocabulary As Brooks reads her poem it felt like I was listening to a speech It was proud and confident all in one The repetitive use of the word quotwequot was unique in this poem It was after a short phrase but was to begin another phrase However it was on a different line of the poem quotWe real cool Wequot was line one of the poem When Brooks read this poem she paused both after quotcoolquot and quotwequot This segregated the idea that she was painting for me the reader It also gave more focus to the word quotwequot In today39s world we make comments about oh poor quotme me me mequot In this poem she set the tone of the poem that they were all about themselves in her opinion She imagined them being boastful and selfabsorbed each of them This is perhaps why she was redundant in her usage of the term quotwequot Additional to her repetition she also used rhyming words In the first section of her poem the words quotcoolquot and schoolquot were used They were both used as the last word before the period thus focusing on the sound of the words Each paragraph follows the same structure The lines in poem poem although varied in the number of syllables each encompassed they had rhythm as she read them If I were to read quotwe real cool wequot and then quotleft school wequot I would not have followed them as smoothly as when she read them out loud When reading quotwe real cool we she raised the pitch in her voice on the word quotrealquot as if the word were not part of the phrase and the rhythm in which she was about to follow She held the same breath and time frame for each line regardless of the syllables of the line IfI were to just read this to myself I would not have gotten the same expressive words from it that her reading it out loud set forth When she read it I almost got the feeling she was strutting as she read it perhaps illustrating how she imagined these boys would have walked since they portrayed quotbad boysquot to her You can hear it in her tone when reading quotWe real coolquot you can picture them walking slow throwing back one shoulder Then hearing the quick quotwequot read I imagined a quick switch of the shoulders just like a strut with a comb to the greasy hair The next lines of the poem while read you can feel another walk in the strut and then a short boastful step Although she did not know them it is unique how just by viewing them outside a pool haul that she could gather these ideas about them I think that the preface of the poem gives insight to what Brooks was thinking and how this poem came about Telling us that this took place outside of a pool haul definitely builds a different picture for the poem since the poem eludes to no exact setting itself The poem definitely meant more when the poet gave insight first and then read her own poem to us Had it been anyone else reading that poem without the insight that she had from the creation of the poem the meaning would have varied person to person and the tone and rhythm would not have been the same
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