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The Art of
Poetry
Why write or
read poetry?
To start at the very beginning….
But is poetry only
musical devices,
imagery and
figures of
speech?
Let’s start by
trying to write
a one- line
poem.
The way to get
started is to
quit talking and
begin doing.
Now let us do a one-line poem, a couplet
and a haiku. After reading this we write.
W HAT IS A COUPLET?
• “Parting is such sweet sorrow
• That I shall say good night till it be morrow."
• The couplet above comes from Shakespeare’s ”Romeo
and Juliet”, which is a play, not a poem.
W HAT IS A MODERN HAIKU?
• 古池や 蛙飛び込む 水の音
• Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto
The old pond.
A frog leaps in
And the sound of the water.. – -by Matsuo
Basho
What does the
haiku mean?
Poetry is a game
that makes us
powerful
communicators.
Visual imagery.
No, no, we are not satisfied,
and we will not be satisfied until
justice rolls down like waters, and
righteousness like a mighty stream.
Auditory imagery.
Tactile
imagery.
Olfactory
imagery.
Gustatory
imagery.
Kinaesthetic
imagery.
“A colossal rocket pierced the
night sky as it … popped
skyward to its doom.”
Organic
imagery.
Several of Nature’s People
I know, and they know me –
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality –
But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone –
A narrow Fellow in the grass
by Emily Dickinson. Guess
what she is talking of?
You can read my
book for further
illumination.
On things like figures of speech,
or musical devices and titling,
style, voice, ideology in poetry,
diction etc.
Poetry at its
finest.
The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje
If I were a cinnamon peeler
I would ride your bed
and leave the yellow bark dust
on your pillow.
Your breasts and shoulders would reek
you could never walk through markets
without the profession of my fingers
floating over you. The blind would
stumble certain of whom they approached
though you might bathe
under rain gutters, monsoon.
Here on the upper thigh
at this smooth pasture
neighbour to your hair
or the crease
that cuts your back. This ankle.
You will be known among strangers
as the cinnamon peeler's wife.
I could hardly glance at you
before marriage
never touch you
- your keen nosed mother, your rough brothers.
I buried my hands
in saffron, disguised them
over smoking tar,
helped the honey gatherers . . .
Poetry at its
finest.
When we swam once
I touched you in water
and our bodies remained free,
you could hold me and be blind of smell.
You climbed the bank and said
this is how you touch other women
the grass cutter's wife, the lime burner's daughter.
And you searched your arms
for the missing perfume and knew
what good is it
to be the lime burner's daughter
left with no trace
as if not spoken to in the act of love
as if wounded without the pleasure of a scar.
You touched
your belly to my hands
in the dry air and said
I am the cinnamon
peeler's wife. Smell me.
The End.

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The Art of Poetry.pptx

  • 3. To start at the very beginning….
  • 4. But is poetry only musical devices, imagery and figures of speech?
  • 5. Let’s start by trying to write a one- line poem.
  • 6. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
  • 7. Now let us do a one-line poem, a couplet and a haiku. After reading this we write. W HAT IS A COUPLET? • “Parting is such sweet sorrow • That I shall say good night till it be morrow." • The couplet above comes from Shakespeare’s ”Romeo and Juliet”, which is a play, not a poem. W HAT IS A MODERN HAIKU? • 古池や 蛙飛び込む 水の音 • Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto The old pond. A frog leaps in And the sound of the water.. – -by Matsuo Basho
  • 9. Poetry is a game that makes us powerful communicators.
  • 10. Visual imagery. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
  • 15. Kinaesthetic imagery. “A colossal rocket pierced the night sky as it … popped skyward to its doom.”
  • 16. Organic imagery. Several of Nature’s People I know, and they know me – I feel for them a transport Of cordiality – But never met this Fellow Attended, or alone Without a tighter breathing And Zero at the Bone – A narrow Fellow in the grass by Emily Dickinson. Guess what she is talking of?
  • 17. You can read my book for further illumination. On things like figures of speech, or musical devices and titling, style, voice, ideology in poetry, diction etc.
  • 18. Poetry at its finest. The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje If I were a cinnamon peeler I would ride your bed and leave the yellow bark dust on your pillow. Your breasts and shoulders would reek you could never walk through markets without the profession of my fingers floating over you. The blind would stumble certain of whom they approached though you might bathe under rain gutters, monsoon. Here on the upper thigh at this smooth pasture neighbour to your hair or the crease that cuts your back. This ankle. You will be known among strangers as the cinnamon peeler's wife. I could hardly glance at you before marriage never touch you - your keen nosed mother, your rough brothers. I buried my hands in saffron, disguised them over smoking tar, helped the honey gatherers . . .
  • 19. Poetry at its finest. When we swam once I touched you in water and our bodies remained free, you could hold me and be blind of smell. You climbed the bank and said this is how you touch other women the grass cutter's wife, the lime burner's daughter. And you searched your arms for the missing perfume and knew what good is it to be the lime burner's daughter left with no trace as if not spoken to in the act of love as if wounded without the pleasure of a scar. You touched your belly to my hands in the dry air and said I am the cinnamon peeler's wife. Smell me.