Introduction to Poetry (Week 1)
Introduction to Poetry (Week 1) ENGL 11300
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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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