Mar.4 , 2014
Why do you hate poetry? Responses:
- So many different ways of interpreting poems and can interpret the wrong ways
- Difficult to interpret
- Forced to read Shakespeare
- Dry, boring, and repetitive
- So much packed into a small space (feel intimidation)
- Form makes it hard to read
- Doesn’t get to the point
- Some people want to just enjoy reading it and may feel that analyzing it just kills the
What is poetry?
- The point of a poem is how it is said
- It is more about form than it is content
- Understanding how a poem works allows us to respect it more and have more of an
emotional response to it
- A way of expression
- Frequently believe there is a “hidden meaning” and finding the key will release
- Interaction between the reader and the words
- Rhyme and rhythm
- Interaction between sound and sense
- Meter measured language. How we measure language is called accentual syllabic
- Reading poetry out loud will help to better understand it - Poetry isn’t a single entity (The Four Horseman video watched in class)
o How is this poetry?
o There is rhythm
o Within the context we begin to understand the larger context of the sound poem
o Sound poetry plays with building blocks of poetry
o Christian Bok sound poetry as well
o Poetry can also be in picture form. Avant garde poetry. Blurring the boundary
between genres. This is experimental poetry that began at the beginning of the
A short history:
- Before written culture, poetry still existed. Aural poetry. These poems would tell
narratives, tales. Allows a culture to speak of itself to itself. Tells a culture’s story.
- These long poems would be memorized and acted out. We would see all types of art
- Development of inward turn and begin with development of lyric subject. Emerging
popularity of the lyric. Most people are familiar with lyric.
- Modernist period moving into experimentation poetry.
- As long as there has been human culture, there has been poetry.
Three major forms:
1) Narrative form poetry that is verse, tells a story
2) Lyric poetry poetry of the ‘I’; lyric subject
3) Dramatic poetry Robert Browning one of the best writers dramatic monologues. Poet
takes on a character and uses that voice.
- Meter the ideal
- Rhythm the actual
o The meter is the ideal form, rhythm is how it plays out.
o If meter was perfect it would be extremely boring.
- Rhyme lots of different kinds; effectively emphasizes the rhymed words and the sounds
of the poem
o Perfect rhyme cat, hat, sat, mat, bat
o Near/slant r