2250/H Day 5
Web Calendar Readings and Assignments due
- Today, Jan 21st Ex. 3 Imagery Poem
- As long as you have a draft uploaded to Canvas, you can keep working on it, just resubmit?, or click edit, and add in the revision
- Don’t forget readings!
Work due to Canvas Jan. 26
- Reading Reaction 1—we’ll talk more about commenting in a while
- Reply to ex. 3, free verse imagery poem—choose 2 from your peers (two different peers than you commented on in Ex. 2).
Getting Low on the Scale of Abstraction
- Share the most concrete details from your image journals, then look at a few from last time and today
- You can work with sensory, concrete detail, or imagery
- Sensory Detail
- What senses?
- In class journaling—describe my object with only sensory detail—no metaphors
- Be careful of too many adjectives and adverbs
- Keep it fresh (as mu)ch as possible
- Metaphors can make you cry like a baby…or at least similes can…
- Plath—maximalism, surrealism, metaphor, mixed metaphors—back to “Morning Song”
- Babies as statues, moths, cats—but these ad up to non-human images…
- The tenor is often abstract--Freedom
- the vehicle is the “concrete” metaphorical image
- but it has to be fresh—NO DEAD METAPHORS at least as much as is possible…unless you are trying to question the dead metaphor in a meta poem
- Often poets will have a larger metaphor running through the entire poem
- What concrete or metaphorical images stand out most in Whitney’s 6 poem selection?
- a lot of personification in many of the “poems”
- are there any that have a larger metaphor running through the entire piece?
Inhabiting and Transforming a Poem, Metro p. 18-19+; or Imagery/Metaphor Poem
- Some of your original poems?
Making comments on literature—for workshops and reading reactions
- How can we comment especially when poems can have such huge variety (see day 4)?
- Most people use a kind of subjective reader response which often focuses on the relatability of the poem or story
- Some people have learned political or cultural criticism techniques
- poststructural or deconstructive techniques look at problematic binaries set up in a text
- Marxist techniques look at socioeconomic issues or assumptions brought up by the text
- Feminist techniques can look at many things, but often these lenses involve gender issues in a text
- Some people have learned New Critical techniques for looking at works aesthetically, though they often look at symbolism and how that fits a larger universal, human theme…
- Metro suggests some aesthetic questions you can ask
Touchstones/Warp n Weave
- best images: sensory details? metaphors/similes?
- worst or most clichéd images: dead metaphors
- places with strong character?
- places with flat character?
- places where the narrative pulls most and in a good way?
- places where there is too much focus on plot pull?
- Overall favorites thus far? least favorites? why, in a writerly sense
- editorial biases?
- more about publishing
1. Your ex. 2 poem transformations and form and imagery, concrete and metaphorical
2. Metaphors and Plath's Metaphors poem; Morning Song; Lady Lazarus
1. Plath's revision notes from the
Restored Ariel (the poem was originally 4 pages long, but is now not even
1.5 pages long)
2. Plath's Ariel--much more dense than Morning Song...(a lot of internal
allusions to her other works)
3. The genres of
writing--what is poetry (given forms?)? what is
non-fiction (first POV? James Frey and "Truthiness"
and ethics)? what is fiction (3rd POV?)?
4. Exercise 3
6. Poetry vocabulary.
7. Reacting to in-class readings (samples).
6. The Beats and Howl (and more about political poems)
1. Share exercises--The genres of
writing--which genre was hardest for you?
2. Thinking about poetic movements--Romanticism (Keats) vs. Modernism vs. Confessionalism (Lee's
ism lecture), TS
Eliot's modernist"Prufrock" or hear
Prufrock vs. Plath's Lady Lazarus vs. Keats' Ode On a Grecian
it seems easy by J. Robinson; what
an Ode is from Wikipedia..
8. Elektra (in her many mythological, theatrical, theoretical, and pop-culture forms) and Hacker's neo-formalist sonnet.
Electra in Plath and Sexton
Plath reading "Daddy" (includes images from her life?)
?Today In Class? Reply to other poems from peers in Canvas.
Getting ideas for our neo-formalist poem...quotes, headlines, eavesdroppings, obsessive observations (like with Frost's Design sonnet p. 306)
Looking as meter in poems etc.; the meter in Hamlet (Patrick Stewart version; Act 1, Scene 2); the meter in The Smiths' lyrics? Or Lady Gaga lyrics?
Carefully read the six imagery poems in the handout from Whitney above. Think about abstract language vs. concrete language: how do some of these writers get away with saying a word like "love" or "suffering" in their poems? Think also about how these writers defy the conventions of so called "correct" writing--some don't use punctuation or adhere to traditional grammatic rules at all. Also, think about form. What makes a poem a poem? Obviously nowadays it doesn't have to rhyme . . . so one big question is, what makes this stuff poetry?