English 1900- Poetry Forms and Interpretation

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ENGL 1900
Jay Gamble

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English 1900 th Mar.4 , 2014 Poetry Why do you hate poetry? Responses: - So many different ways of interpreting poems and can interpret the wrong ways - Stuffy - Abstract - Difficult to interpret - Elitist - Forced to read Shakespeare - Dry, boring, and repetitive - So much packed into a small space (feel intimidation) - Distilled - 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 experience 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 everything - 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 itself 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 20 Century 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 mixing together. - 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. Some features: - 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
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