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So What is Poetry, Anyway?

poetry intro
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Meghan Fagerberg

on 10 March 2011

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Transcript of So What is Poetry, Anyway?

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.
Or does it explode? So What is Poetry,
Anyway? First Five: 1.) Brainstorm and list all of the reasons why people write poetry. Be specific!
2.) When I say, "GO," find a partner and compile your lists.
3.) Be prepared to share your list with the class. Is this a poem? I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving them for breakfast forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold
Now is it a poem? I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
How much does the format or look of the poem matter? so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.
What's this guy talking about??? Is THIS poetry? "Harlem"
by Langston Hughes What is a "dream deferred"?
Why does Hughes compare it to all these things? Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
read by William Carlos Williams Sound familiar? John Lennon's "Imagine" Can songs be considered poetry? *What do poems need to talk about in order to be considered poetry?
*Do poems need to follow a strict format in order to be considered poetry? Why/Why not?
*Write down your responses on an exit slip. Be prepared to share with the class.
Think (Write), Pair, Share The red blossom bends

 

and drips its dew to the ground.

 

Like a tear it falls
The red blossom bends

 

and drips its dew to the ground.

 

Like a tear it falls
Is this a poem? This is an example of a Japanese haiku, a poem composed of only three lines and a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern                l(a

                      l(a

le
af
fa
ll
s)
one
l

iness


e e cummings “All poetry is a reproduction of the tones of actual speech.”-Frost

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a home-sickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words.” -Frost

"If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry;" -Dickinson

poetry is a responsible attempt to understand the world in human terms through literary composition.
So what is poetry? With which definition do you agree?
Explain why in three sentences on that exit slip. Can you figure this out? Is it a poem? Poem: a composition designed to convey a vivid and imaginative sense of experience, characterized by the use of condensed language chosen for its sound and suggestive power as well as its meaning, and by the use of such literary techniques. Dictionary Definition *We will create our own poems today using something we are already familiar with: the five senses!
*A sense poem will describe one word using the 5 senses:
Sight (visual)
Sound (audio)
Touch (kinesthetic)
Smell
Taste
Sense Poems What it looks like What it sounds like What it smells like What it tastes like What it feels like Feeling/Idea Love
What it looks like What it sounds like What it smells like What it feels like What it tastes like On your own piece of blank paper, please draw your own brainstorm for an idea or feeling (NOT LOVE).

On the back side of your paper, write it in poem format. Final Five
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