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Transcript of Theme
By Shu Ting
What is "Theme"?
Theme: The main idea of a literary work. What the author wants to say through his/her work.
By Bei Dao
How do we find it?
To find the theme you have to focus on:
the author's choice of words (diction)
the story of the poem (narrative)
the rhythm & rhyme in the poem
the tone & mood of the poem
Poems about the same topics can have VERY different themes!
"Hold Fast Your Dreams--and Trust Your Mistakes"
By Billy Joel
What is the tone of this poem?
What is the mood of this poem?
What is the theme of this poem?
How do lines 8 & 9 add to your understanding of the theme?
historical background of the Misty Poets.
How does "Also All" answer the speaker in "All"?
What is the viewpoint expressed by the speaker in this poem?
What is the impact of almost all of the lines of this poem beginning with "not"? How does it relate to the theme?
What is the theme of Billy Joel's speech?
How does it relate to the themes of "All" and "Also All"?
What reactions do you think each of the poets might have to Joel's speech?
Which work made the most sense to you?
The Misty Poets are a group of 20th century Chinese poets who reacted against the restrictions on art during the Cultural Revolution. They are so named because their work has been officially denounced as "obscure", "misty", or "hazy" poetry. Five important misty poets, Bei Dao, Gu Cheng, Shu Ting, He Dong and Yang Lian, were exiled after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
ISN Pg. 57
In your pods, read the poem you were assigned.
Discuss the THEME of your poem. What does does the author believe about the topic he's writing about?
Share your thoughts with the class.