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Why do we study poetry?
Transcript of Why do we study poetry?
Hyperbole The Sounds of Words How do we define poetry? Lyrics as poetry
What feeling does poetry evoke? Arranging the Words Point of View
Form (Open, Close, Blank Verse, Free Verse, Couplet, Heroic Couplet, Quatrain)
Fixed forms The Images of Words Imagery
Synesthesia Why do we study poetry? Invisible Architecture "I think that we're beginning to remember that the first poets didn't come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, "Ahhh." That was the first poem."
Lucille Clifton "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings"
William Wordsworth "A perfect poem is impossible.
Once it had been written,
the world would end."
Robert Graves Walt Whitman
1819-1892 Born in Long Island, NY
Lived in Brooklyn
Worked as a newspaperman and printer
Published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855
Called an "American bard" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"the United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem." Alliteration