Writers Say “The natural language of all worship” “devil’s wine” “an imitation of imitation” “painting that speaks” “a criticism of life” “a way of taking life by the throat” “an escape from emotion” “the antithesis of science”
Writers Say “Poems are not language, but the content of the language” (Mary Oliver). “It is a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart (that courageous but also shy factor of emotion) and the learned skills of the conscious mind” (Mary Oliver). “Poetry is a river; many voices travel in it; poem after poem moves along in the exciting crests and falls of the river waves” (Mary Oliver).
Writers Say “Poetry is memorable speech” (W.H. Auden). “Poems obey no rules and serve no single purpose; rather they adapt to the distinct needs of specific times and individual poets… Any definition we formulate precludes others and imprisons us prematurely in a partial understanding of poetry” (Carol Burke and Molly Best Tinsley).
Writers Say “an extreme emotional passage that runs throughout the human body internally releasing the full extent of one’s true being” (Jose C.)
Types of Poetry• Narrative Poetry • tells a story. • Common types of narrative poetry include ballads and epics.• Lyric Poetry • highly musical verse that expresses the emotions of the speaker. • Common types are sonnets, odes, free verse and elegies.• Dramatic poetry • verse that relies heavily on dramatic elements such as monologue, or dialogue. • Two types of dramatic poetry are dramatic monologue and soliloquy.
How will we do these things? Read and discuss examples. Try to write our own. Use strategies the pros use. Stretch ourselves using all sorts of prompts. Practice in our journals.
No rules. Be prepared toshare. Write a poem about love. Write a poem about snow.
Mystery #1 How do poets add multiple layers of meaning to their poems?
Denotation & Connotation The literal meaning The implied of a word. meaning of a word. What the dictionary A result of emotional says. ties to the word. May initially be hidden.
The man drank whiskey quietly. A guy drank whiskey and The word "quietly," in didn’t make much noise. association with alcohol, seems to mean "alone.“ Intensifying this feeling is the fact that "the man" is anonymous to the reader (he isnt "Jack"), and he is drinking whiskey.Denotation Connotation
Connotation “Poets gravitate toward words with strong connotative possibilities because they are so rich with connotative possibility, like leaves falling in autumn (graceful and beautiful, but signifying a kind of death)” (virtuaLit).