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Introduction to Poetry (Week 1)

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Introduction to Poetry (Week 1) ENGL 11300

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These notes cover the introductory definitions of what a poem is, how it is to be read, and how it is constructed, as well as the inherent traits of a poem (like imagery! and tone! and sound! and m...
Introduction to Poetry
James Swafford
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english, Literature, poetry, Technique
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Date Created: 02/09/16
Introduction  to   Poetry ENG 11300 James Swafford Week 1a What  make  something   a  poem? •  Questions to ask yourself: o  What is its subject? o  Its sound? o  Its rhythm? o  Its rhyme? o  Its elevated language? Consider  a  note   taped  to  your  fridge “Thisthe icebox and which you were probably that were in saving for breakfast. Forgive me. They were delicious — so sweet and so cold.” Does  the  format  change   make  a  difference? This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold Consider •  What is the tone of the poem? o  Do you think the speaker actually regrets eating the plums? If so, what are the clues in the poem that can lead to such a conclusion? •  How does the change in format tell you it’s a poem? o the clues in the poem that can lead to such a conclusion?ms? If so, what are Introduction  to   Poetry ENG 11300 James Swafford Week 1b Practice  Pop  Quiz   (Req’d  reading:  Simon  Armitage’s  “Killing  Time”  and  Craig  Raine’s  “A   Martian  Sends  a  Postcard  Home”) 1.  The historical event that is Armitage’s inspiration for the April section of “Killing Time” is _______________. 2.  Does Armitage’s poem rhyme — yes or no? 3.  English-speaking Earthlings normally use the word ____ to refer to what Raine’s Martian calls a “Caxton.” 4.  Raine’s poem is constructed of stanzas that are each ___ lines long. [ANSWERS: 1) The Columbine Massacre; 2) Yes, it is a slant rhyme; 3) Book; 4) Two.] T akeaways  About  Poems •  What is a poem? o  A text that signals a reader, “Read me as a poem.” o  Side question: Can a poem be a bad poem? •  What does it mean to read a text as a poem? o  Rather, reading for the sake of an experience in language •  Paying attention to sound as well as meaning; •  Allowing the words to have associations, connotations; •  Being open to the intellectual, emotional, and sensuous appeal of the text For  Next  Time:  Imagery •  Words that are not abstract, but that appeal to your sense of: o Sight, hearing, smell, taste, and/or touch •  Read: o  Owen, “Dulce Et Decorum Est” o The Ballad of “Sir Patrick Spens” o Dickinson’s “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers” (both versions) •  In each, find an especially effective IMAGE — and see what the images accomplish Consider •  How does a poem strike you, the reader? o Poetry as an experience o Text as the central element in poetry-experience: o POET ß à POEM ß à READER o What is gained through imaginative innovation as opposed to reporting what you’ve read?


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