Lee's Lecture Notes Day 3: Poetic Senses

  1. ...plus, Before moving on, let's discuss getting concrete or low on the scale of abstraction: show vs. tell; senses and figuration; scale of abstraction1. Introduce Sylvia Plath -- Lowell on Plath: p. vii--on her voice; the controlled hallucination; "Though lines get repeated, and sometimes the plot is lost, language never dies in her mouth."

    Read over the glossaries: free verse vs. formal and neoformal poetry (we looked at Elizabeth Bishop's sestina "Sestina"; chopped prose? Neoformal? Maximalist or minimalist? Prose poem?

    The neurotic poets page bio on Plath...

    Minimalism—short, but certainly without metaphor, adjectives, adverbs; with prose (or prose poems), not much or any exposition or philosophizing, explanatory, or argument-oriented

    Maximalism—heavy on metaphor, very dense, philosophizes more perhaps…more language play (assonance etc), Bly’s leaps (surreal?)…less explanation, more call to read between the lines

    Sonnets and anti-sonnets

    1. Thinking about genre with the food and person samples in Metro--what genre will your juju draft follow?
    2. Continue with our autobiography boxes, and being snoopy voyeurs; start to flesh something from the class objects laid out on the tables-- a language collage about each item? a story about one item/person?  this allows you to imagine something from the Other (more like fiction)
    1. Doing reading reactions--begin using vocabulary, think through the lenses of a writer, use textual evidence... (samples). --Web Handout: http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/ (read it for the gist of things; look at Basho's work, and also at new haiku)

    (Plath-- the order it was published, click here to access the TOC of the original publication and read in that order as best as you can given that there are some different poems in the restored edition, and poems that have been cut)

    Writing often being about outsiders, freaks, grotesques (see Flannary O'Connor's

  2. Good Country People) because this brings up more tention and conflict; Also see Ortiz-Taylor's story in Metro

    Using Myth and Religion in our work...

    Narrative and poetry in ancient texts

    Replies to canons and/or reading reactions--in class

    Guided Journal in class: start collecting quotes from everywhere (newspapers, poems, articles, books, novels) so that you have something to push against when you are trying to write something new

  3. Continue with our autobiography boxes, and being snoopy voyeurs; what genre did you write in?
  4. Maxine Kumin's neo-formalist humor (and the one thing more) in "Woodchucks."
  5. Sylvia Plath's sound play in "Elm": alliteration, assonance, consonance, internal rhymes, end rhymes


Alternative Lecture Notes Lee Might Get to:

  1. Ex. 1--Getting "real" in public (sharing ourselves and our juju boxes); do journal exercises from Metro p. 206 in class!  Calvino's "Combinatorial play" p. 206-207: we played with #1 and #6 in class...