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Poetry Presentation


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Poetry Presentation

  2. 2. &quot;P OEM &quot; BY H ELENE J OHNSON <ul><li>Little brown boy, Slim, dark, big-eyed, Crooning love songs to your banjo Down at the Lafayette-- Gee, boy, I love the way you hold your head, High sort of and a bit to one side, Like a prince, a jazz prince. And I love Your eyes flashing, and your hands, And your patent-leathered feet, And your shoulders jerking the jig-wa. And I love your teeth flashing, And the way your hair shines in the spotlight Like it was the real stuff. Gee, brown boy, I loves you all over. I'm glad I'm a jig. I'm glad I can Understand your dancin' and your Singin', and feel all the happiness And joy and don't care in you. Gee, boy, when you sing, I can close my ears And hear tom-toms just as plain. Listen to me, will you, what do I know About tom-toms? But I like the word, sort of, Don't you? It belongs to us. Gee, boy, I love the way you hold your head, And the way you sing, and dance, And everything. Say, I think you're wonderful. You're Allright with me, You are. </li></ul>
  3. 3. L ANGUAGE <ul><li>Diction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colloquial and simple language makes poem informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses slang, such as &quot;Jig&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depicts her admiration for her culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proud of ideas that were generally looked down upon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allusions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Down at the Lafayette - club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jig-wa - type of dance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair shines in the spotlight like it was the real  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stuff - many African-Americans would add  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>chemicals in their hair which made it  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>straight and shiny </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jig - African-American (bad connotation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom-toms - African drums </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. L ANGUAGE <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Imagery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She uses similes to glorify cultural aspects that were considered low-class (e.g. &quot;Like a prince, a jazz prince.&quot;) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She has enhanced ordinary trends and ideas by the language and imagery. Simply the admiration in her words has elevated this &quot;low-class&quot; scene into something beautiful. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. P OP Q UIZ #1! <ul><ul><li>What kind of diction is used and what does it do to the poem? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Define the following allusions: Jig-wa, Tom-toms, Jig </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>3.  In your opinion, what effect does the imagery of the poem have on you? </li></ul>
  6. 6. M USICAL D EVICES <ul><ul><li>No noticeable rhyme scheme. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jazz/improvisation  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>up and down, enthusiastic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition of &quot;And&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>hurried and happy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confusion of sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>**last three lines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>enhances improvisation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. P OP Q UIZ #2! <ul><li>1. How does the repetition of the word &quot;And&quot; help the meaning of the poem? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>2. After I read the poem aloud, did you notice any rhythmic effects? </li></ul>
  8. 8. S TRUCTURE <ul><li>Form: 29 lines, free-form with no set pattern or structure </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>this form of poetry is also known as jazz poetry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>developed along with jazz music </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>very free, improvised feel </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helene Johnson was known for writing about unconventional topics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>also took pride in them </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>this form is a reflection of defying convention  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Title: the poem is meant to sound improvised,  </li></ul><ul><li>title may have been added as a second thought </li></ul><ul><li>OR just to keep it simple   </li></ul>
  9. 9. S TRUCTURE <ul><li>Movement: Ideas and thoughts are developed in no particular order </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reflects jazz poetry's characteristic of improvisation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>speaker starts a new train of thought whenever he/she pleases </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Syntax: Eleven sentences in total </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>mostly run-on, indicating speaker is improvising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Allright with me,You are.&quot;(lines 28-29). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>incorrect grammar structure indicative  </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of the speaker's education background </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. P OP Q UIZ #3! <ul><li>1. In your own words, briefly explain what jazz poetry is and what the free-form of the poem tells us. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Consider the fact that Helene Johnson is known for taking pride in things that are generally looked down upon. Do you agree/disagree with this statement and why? </li></ul>
  11. 11. S TRUCTURE <ul><li>Syntax: There are 11 sentences in this poem, with lots of punctuation allotted for each sentence.  Each sentence has simple language, with all verbs after the nouns. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation: There are lots of commas in the poem, and the punctuation sometimes ends a line, but not every line. The majority of punctuation is in the middle of the line, </li></ul><ul><li>and these add convenient intervals to pace </li></ul><ul><li>the poem.   </li></ul>
  12. 12. P OP Q UIZ #4! <ul><li>1. In your opinion, are the sentences complex or simple?  What does that do to your perception of the poem? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Do the constant pauses in the poem presented by commas, periods and dashes add anything to the poem for you? </li></ul>
  13. 13. S ITUATION <ul><li>Narrative: the speaker is describing the actions / traits of a boy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Describes what happens “Down at the Lafayette” (line 4) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current location of speaker is not specified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can also be considered an ode  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Mood: overwhelming sense of admiration  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Tone: admiring </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  not serious to the point of romance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I love your...&quot; is repeated often </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. S ITUATION <ul><li>Poetic Voice: speaker is a female African American &quot;I'm glad I'm a jig.&quot; (line 15). </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>speaking to a &quot;little brown boy&quot; (line 1). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>speaker's demonstrates her love for her culture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>uses boy's actions to show this </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the Poem: Enthusiastic, Unplanned, Improvised </li></ul>
  15. 15. P OP Q UIZ #5! <ul><li>1. The speaker is describing an event that happened at a club in _______. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The tone of this poem can be best described as______  although not completely serious because _____________. (Provide citation(s) and/or analysis to justify your reason) </li></ul><ul><li>3. The race of the speaker is _________. The clue  </li></ul><ul><li>can be found here, &quot;__________&quot; (line __) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>How would the poem be different if the speaker was describing a &quot;man&quot; and not a &quot;boy&quot;? </li></ul>
  17. 17. D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any particular part of the poem that you like? Is there any part of the poem that speaks to you personally? </li></ul>
  18. 18. D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>In your opinion, does the speaker sound sincerely interested in who she is describing? </li></ul>
  19. 19. D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Does anyone have a different interpretation? </li></ul>
  20. 20. D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Did you like this poem? Why or why not? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Q UESTIONS ?