The first poem in the collection is Collins’ own “Introduction to Poetry,” a humorous description of how people treat poems and a useful technique to explore poems. Tania Runyan wrote How to Read a Poem based on “Introduction,” and “poetry how-to” books are useful for a teacher who wants to move beyond exposure, or for a teacher whose students have read poems and are now demanding answers regarding them. Although her list is slightly dated now, Colleen Ruggieri’s favorite books and websites are interesting and useful to other teachers. An educator should not hail these books like Bibles, but students should be taught to explore poems while reading. Runyan’s guide is a great model because she explains the techniques thoroughly, provides her
The second activity of this three-class unit revolves around the aftermath of war, mainly the consequences that it can have on soldiers. For this activity, the students will work on a poem written during the Vietnam War by Curt Bennet called “War Trauma.” They will have to look for and explain the different figures of speech found in the poem. The aim of this activity in terms of poetry is for the students to understand and recognize figures of speech in a poem. As a pre-activity, I would first ask the students what they know about the Vietnam war and write that information in the board, and then add any missing or interesting information, such as the origins of the war (Trueman states that the United-States’ fear of communism caused the conflict),
The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, is an adequately conducted poem. By using figurative language, tone, and attitude to keep readers enticed in the poem, while discussing how people 's lives can change forever, with the choices they compose. Frost’s main theme of the poem is that people need to be careful with the decisions they choose in their lifetime, therefore, act independently and create a path for the next generation to follow. Ordinarily, frequent life events have influenced Frost to write this poem, that helps people understand how important their choices are.
We are here to contribute positively with grace and humbleness. We’re here to follow our own set of rules we make, not here to listen to negative vibes or opinions. In the poem, “Mother to Son,” by Langston Hughes, he writes, “ Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, and splinters…,” which means life wasn’t perfect for the speaker in this poem and that life will never be perfect, or easy.
The reading and discussion of Rachel Richardson’s “Learning Image and Description” was one of the best Take the Lead exercises we have done in Advanced Poetry Writing. This article provided great examples and exercises that teach a variety of ways to incorporate imagery into poetry. In addition, our class discussion on this article gave us a chance to discuss the imagery in our everyday lives and how to we can tie it into our poetry. After this assignment, I feel better equipped for our remaining assignments. When I read any article meant to assist or help me I look for two things: examples and exercises.
Darius started writing plays and poems and different stories. He than learned that we wantn’t to be a film director and tell his story. Now invictus, this was poem created by writer William Ernest Henley. Really not much to say about this poem, I mean it really goes deep, emotion wise. I’m just guessing,
Billy Collins’ “Introduction to Poetry” expresses a contemplative tone that underscores the speaker’s longing for readers to appreciate poetry with a open mind in order to showcase the lost opportunities many do not experience due to the impatience and demanding qualities society currently retains. In order to accentuate the profound influence poetry held on his life, Pablo Neruda’s “Poem” reflects on his first encounter with poetry through an introspective tone that brings forward to light how poetry allows its writers the freedom of self-expression in a setting with no
Mayes writes well-written book with good examples and solid advice. Her goal is to encourage people to read and write poetry and not to be intimidated by it. Mayes talks about rhyme, free verse, choice of subject, and style, she explains how poetry works. She includes hundreds of examples of poetry from different time periods including student samples. Students and teachers benefit from being able to view several of the examples.
Reaction/Response Paper The poem I chose is “My Life” written by Irian Ledezma. The author uses deep thoughts and past life experiences to put together one heart-touching poem. This poem says a lot about the author and what he has gone through and it is portrayed through the eyes of a growing child. I was drawn by this poem because it can be related to what I was going through in my younger years.
In “Introduction to Poetry”, Billy Collins attempts to communicate his feelings on the way that he believes poetry should be approached, as an object to be probed, and appreciated as a form of art. For example, the poem tells a student to “press an ear against its hive” (4). This means that Collin wants readers of poetry to pay close attention to the rhythms of poetry, by listening to the hive, which is a metaphor for the sounds of words in a poem. Collin contrasts this with “beating it with a hose” (15), a more brute force and ultimately less effective way to analyze poetry. This alternative view of poetry helps to create the mood that the writer intended.
In “Introduction to poetry”, the speakers audience are those who read poetry, while in “The Trouble with poetry”, he is speaking to poets themselves. In “Introduction to Poetry, the speaker is convincing the readers to let a poem engulf them instead of trying to “torture a confession” out of it or in other words search for the “true meaning” of it. He introduces the idea of surrendering to a poem instead of trying to figure out “what it really means”. On the other hand, in “The Trouble with Poetry”, the speaker is trying to urge aspiring poets to let inspiration come to them instead of searching for it. He suggesets that the more time you spend waiting for a “little flame”, the more insecure you will be about your abilities as a poet, which leads to written work that does not come from the
However the author expressed himself by speaking about the road that he took, but the poem is called the Road Not Taken, Could it be that all this time Mr. Frost was speaking about the road he didn 't take? An article called "The Poem Everyone Loves And Everyone Gets Wrong" talks in behave of the poem 's title and give you fact of how the author came about the poem. The article states how the poem was originally called Two Roads. Frost then wanted to challenge readers and ask them self question as of what was the poets ideas, what did the author want to tell the readers.
In letters to a young poet, “Letter One” by Rainer Maria Rilke uses specific word choices to create his tone and meaning towards the poet. Rilke tries to help the poet, considering that editors reject his work. He begs the poet to stop asking him and other people for advice. Rilke gives his advice in the form of commands, so the advices that Rilke is willing to give the poet is for him to stop writing poems about love and to stop looking outside of himself for approval and a benefit to his work. Rilke even mentions to “doesn't write love poems” (pg,7) because they’re the hardest to work with.