- what does it mean to you?
- who are some poets you know?
- do you actively read poetry? Why or why not?
- how is it different from prose?
• prose: language that is grammatically structured and proceeds like direct speech.
• poetry: ancient, even preliterate — that uses the rhythmic, sonic, and structural
qualities of language to convey meaning in a visceral (rhythm, physical weight)
and visual way that transcends semantic or literal meaning
- poetry is musical. Devices such as repetition, rhyme, alliteration, or meter them-
selves contribute to a poem’s meaning (in addition to actual words and structure)
- Important to note: most contemporary poetry is considered “free verse” in the sense
that it doesn’t adhere to inherited, conventional forms of verse (such as the sonnet)
where structure, rhyme, rhythm and metre are predetermined
• with free verse, poets create their own structure (which can appear unstructured)
- whatever form you choose — the emphasis is to create strong, unique, concrete im-
ages to show your reader/audience the narrative, meaning, and feeling of your poem
(rather than to convey an “idea”). These images work in tandem with sound.
- what is abstract language?
• it’s intangible — words have multiple meanings; they’re ideas
- what is concrete?
• language is tangible — we can vividly see