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ENGLISH 1A03 Lecture Notes - Musical Instrument

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Jeffery Donaldson

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Day 2
January 14/2013
English 1A03
“Say what you see” > do this when reading a poem first.
- Musical instrument imagery
- Hunger, food, feeding > a sense of needs and replenishment of these needs
- “Each note pleaded to love…” > suggests melancholy feeling
- Repeated word of “longer” > to emphasize, has an effect on the music of the line, influences our response
to that line
- Repetition is a resistance of time but it can embody time: a sense of a consecutive order
- Same sentence structure of “it is” gives the poem a descriptive, explanatory and authoritative feel
- No person involved in the first two quatrains. Third and fourth includes an “I” which personalizes the
- “I dreamed your body was an instrument” > use of “your” makes the poem feel more personal
- Poem has a shift from formal and definitional to emotional (bodily needs, hunger, desires)
What we’ve been doing so far:
- With poems: just say what you see
- Poems don’t have definite “meanings” any more than experiences do. An experience of a poem is just
that: an experience. Experiences are not like questions that have “right answers” or correct responses.
We have them, they make an impression on us, we can often make something of those impressions.
- A poem is an event that occurs over time, a process of engagement at a variety of levels, the first of which
involves just letting it happen (As one would a piece of music on a first hearing).
- As we come to trust our experience (…with experience), we may wish to articulate it, find a language for it
that will help us arrange it in relation to other experiences we’ve had.
What is a Charm?
- Something that works magically on our brain, it speaks to some of the things that language can do. In
particular, concentrated forms of language.
- A power of pleasing or attracting
- Any action supposed to have magical power
- The “magical” influencing of another’s emotional state
o The chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula
o A verse formula credited with magical power
- Why do we like to be charmed?
o Musical analogy
o Emotional Effect
o Short-circuits reasoning faculties
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