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Necessity for Poetry

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Prose and Poetry Comparison. (All)
Common theme in Jong's examples that necessitates poetry. (Gino)
Definition of a "living image." (Kent)
Sylvia Plath's opinion on poetry. (Akshaya)
Poetry: An Endangered Species. (Melissa)
Definition of "declarative utterance packed with meaning." (Rachelle)
Noise: A Threat to Poetry. (Melissa)
Feelings and Emotions in Poetry. (Sasha)
Prose and Poetry
Poetry: An Endangered Species...
Poetry is not prevalent in society.
Manifests in a soul-fulfilling factor that people take for granted.
By: Rachelle, Akshaya, Sasha, Kent, Gino, and Melissa.
Necessity for Poetry
1) Used in colloquial speech and writing.
2) Straightforward.
3) Accumulation.
4) Ideas contained in sentences.
5) Organized into paragraphs.
Prose and Poetry

Declarative Utterance Packed With Meaning
Can have multiple meanings as well as one main idea.
Portrays message using several literary devices.
For example, metaphors are used to compare one meaning to something more common so the reader can understand.
Expresses emotions and significance of piece in a concise manner.
In your own words, what is a "living image"? Take into consideration Jong's explanation
Living image is a personification because it is given a human characteristic of living giving it more effectiveness
Through a poets use of diction the living image created allows one to experience what the poet is trying to portray
Living image allows us to fully experience what the poet is trying to convey both physically and emotionally
Living image gives color, speed and defiance to the poem
Living image is a more developed and more expressed cliche
Noise: A Threat to Poetry
"...poetry, like all creative work, is triggered by solitude."
Both solitude and tolerance for solitude diminishing due to lack of poetry.
Media-dense and artificial environment makes it impossible to have silence.
"We walk into the house and immediately turn on the TV for company."
Poetry is essential.
Protection and nourishment for the soul; emotional health.
Society in Deep Trouble...
Brilliant, passionate poets go unnoticed.
"We give least respect to those who give us most...we allow the inner being to languish."
Contribute to wellness of society.
Great disservice upon one's self if rejects poetry.
Neglect of the soul results in:
Loss of vitality.
Weak and distress.
(Rachelle, Gino, Akshaya, Kent)
Prose and Poetry
Javon Johnson - "cuz he's black"
6) Purposeful use of punctuation and capitalization.
7) Purposeful use of line breaks.
Poetry for a Healthy Soul
8) Shape of poem varies.
9) Heavy in emotion, expressive, embellished with rhythm and rhyme.
1) Expression of artistic communication.
2) Open to interpretation.
3) Brevity, concentrated with imagery.
4) Ideas contained in lines.
5) Organized into stanzas.
6) Proper punctuation and capitalization.
"Woman without her man is nothing."
"Woman, without her man, is nothing."
"Woman: without her, man is nothing."
7) No line breaks.
Prose and Poetry
8) Shape of sentences and paragraphs do not vary considerably.
9) Monotone.
Everyone is distracted from keeping in touch with inner being.
"Only the poet refrains from walking through the meadow with a boom box or Walkman."
In silence and solitude:
Increase in comprehensive awareness.
Strongly attuned to the soul.
Noise: A Threat to Poetry
“I care not for heaven and I fear not hell if I have but kisses of his proud, young mouth…” wrote Moireen Fox in the poem “The Faery Lover.”
She is furious but passionate and does not care
“The heavens made a girl named Chris
With hair and skin of gold
To touch her would be paradise.”


People Think They can do without Poetry Until they...

'Fall In love'
'Lose a Friend'
'Losing a parent'
'Lose their way in the
Dark Woods of Life
When we are fatally ill
Have a baby
Fall Desperately, Madly in love

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they're darked.
But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can

you win?”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
1. What do the examples Jong offers have in common that would necessitate knowledge of poetry? Explain.
Story's overall message is trying to overcome a milestone in your life.
There are several other messages embedding in this book, for example:
What do these examples have in common?
1. All of these examples are
emotionally heavy.
Ex. Whether they are Joyous or Sorrowful.
One Joyful moment in my life was when my baby sister was born. One Sorrowful moment was when my grandfather died.

Facing Reality:
-Often Experienced in real life situations
-Typically Inevitable
-Will experience tough circumstances
-Must Go through these circumstances to grow stronger as an individual
- EX.
"Face Reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be"

Jack Welsh

*Poetry necessitates that we should know that there are good and bad times we have to go through.

Vulnerability of the Strong :
What this means is.... No matter how strong or manly or tough we want to commonly perceive ourselves as, we are unable to control these emotions.
-This also relates to Facing Reality and Heavy Emotions.
-Poetry establishes a sense of genuine connection and comfort for those in vulnerable, difficult times.

What is Sylvia Plath's Opinion of Poetry?
In this section Plath refers to poetry as something which is used in time of need
Poetry is used like a medicine to heal people
Poetry is something that nourishes the soul and gives it life
Poetry is not a luxury;it is a
vital necessity of our existence...
"The blood jet is poetry, there is no stopping it"
Feelings and Emotions in Poetry
Blood refers to something
which is essential
Jet refers to something which is fast
Poetry are great works of art that captivates the heart of the readers leaving them questioning the very existence of reality.
Poetry allows us to experience life through the emotions and experiences of others.
Poetry concentrates on feelings and emotions instead of thought for it cares more for the inside appearance and nothing on the outside.
It is the reflection of the deeper personality.
Plath uses this quote to explain how blood is essential and yet spillable, referring to the jet as something fast and not easy to turn off, relating all this to poetry, once started it cannot be stopped
Poetry is something that is emotional and uses the imagination
"The Rock"
Suffers from Depression Numerous times in his life

-Even Tough Guys Cry
-He 'Faced Reality' and is now a famous actor and is well known
“And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space” - Walt

"Blood jet is poetry ... there is no stopping it.." - Sylvia Plath

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost
Poetical Nectar

comes from the Latin word meaning straightforward, you can count on all the features of everyday speech, such as paragraphs, sentences and punctuations.


comes from the Greek origin “to make, to create”.

was one of the greatest examples who used poetry and prose in his works and has continued to move forward just as time does.
2. Prose and Poetry....Differences?
Prose and Poetry
Nothing. When we realized you weren't here
we sat with our hands folded on our desks
in silence, for the full two hours

Everything. I gave an exam worth
40 per cent of the grade for this term
and assigned some reading due today
on which I'm about to hand out a quiz
worth 50 per cent

Nothing. None of the content of this course
has value or meaning
Take as many days off as you like:
any activities we undertake as a class
I assure you will not matter either to you or me
and are without purpose

Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
a shaft of light descended and an angel
or other heavenly being appeared
and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
to attain divine wisdom in this life and
the hereafter
This is the last time the class will meet
before we disperse to bring this good news to all people
on earth

Nothing. When you are not present
how could something significant occur?

Everything. Contained in this classroom
is a microcosm of human existence
assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
This is not the only place such an opportunity has been

but it was one place

And you weren't here

Open to Interpretation
Poetry example
Did I miss Anything ?

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel; a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats - the hobbit was fond of visitors.
The Hobbit.
By Tom Wayman
Prose example
By Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Maze Runner by: James Dashner
"He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.

Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air. His back struck a hard metal wall; he slid along it until he hit the corner of the room. Sinking to the floor, he pulled his legs up tight against his body, hoping his eyes would soon adjust to the darkness."

"And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me."

Poetry by: Pablo Neruda
-Both Seek to express a point
-Both Require skill and lots of practice

Thank you for listening. (:
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