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The majority of the instructors I have worked with are in the same boat. That' s true. Oh, they like poetry well enough, but their twentieth-century verses roundups invariably return them to the few reliable verses that are properly divided up in the text books. The way this with poetry has been done is still a controversial and complex issue, and I do not know how it was faced frontally in it.
Just like the foreseeable delights of the major stadium, the Prosa collection abducts these unpleasant poetry buffoons. It is a great help to know what the author is speaking about, what he means! When it comes to poetry, we can always escape to the classic. However, great poetry is like Blake's "tyger-untamable".
The most grievous thing is: "and I don't understand what this writer is about. "The pursuit of significance has become institutionalised as an "appreciation of poetry 101. "Year after year this continues until we are eventually faced (somewhere in college) with the horror of horror, the incident that we always fear: the poetry has become so complex, so stubborn that we find it difficult to put together what we have "analyzed" so diligently.
We will never again have to enumerate the "sources" of The Waste Land; we will never again be asked what the little barrow in Williams' little poetry symbolises; never again will we be confronted with the mysterious reference in Ezra Pound's Canto. This chase for the icon means the poets end of poetry.
Could you talk about a ballerina's movement by taking your pupils to an anatomical course and letting them see how the legs are dismembered? Nor the post-manipulation poetry. Shakespeare's poetry-by-autopsy approach can be seen in practice in most high schools of Shakespeare's time. Hamlet, the wild and philosophical-dramatic poetry, plunges in a bunch of bone onto the scene, all strangely similar to traces ofansion.
More dead than any of his bloodied protagonists Shakespeare has passed away, either because he has written in empty verses, a kind of windup Ta-BOOM, a Ta-BOOM engine to score points, or anyway, in this case the chase for significance is on, and poetry is doneom. Too many of our professors have overlooked the great unscripted laws of maths in the "interpretation" of poetry: a good poetry is always more than the total of its parts.
This same sensitivity that makes poetry walk around until it stands up like humans, flattening moths under a jar and attaching animals' head to the mural. If the whole secret is squeezed out of a poetry, if its pianos are held forever, if it no longer makes strange sounds at dusk, if it has become innocuous in the text compendium, the poetry will have reached the state of complete significance, that of life.
Most sad part of this training, for pupils and instructors equally, is that it is much simpler to catch a padded birds than to moult your knee while hunting a living one. In order to find poetic samples that are safely filled eagles due to their museums item state, we are training ourselves with this technique of "analysis".
That explains the overweight of so much poor poetry even in manuscripts that seem to be looking for something so much better, like Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Some Haystacks Don't Even Have Any Needle. The point is that poetry is alive now and can be as puzzling as this morning's headline.
Poetry is now territory-dangerous, contaminated, contagious, crazy. However, if a verse does not fully participate in the now of its author's lifetime, it will never live through this instant, and it will never enter the reader's mind. It is because of this confrontation with the now, whatever that may mean for him or her now, that the poets were often tipped as madmen, outsiders, dreamers or simple wasters of their own times.
Not more than others who have never even typed a line. Neither of them has ever composed or reread a poet. I' ll never ever unlearn the response of a trainer during a class I gave at a Brooklyn class. Williams had been eating the prunes in my personal scene, leaving a memo in the empty dish in the fridge and starting to walk up the steps to sleep as he was stopping himself in a brainstorm I'm willing to call Genie and running back down to get back the poetry he had just composed.
Unlike the angry schoolmaster, Williams saw no border between his work as a writer and his way of living as a people. With the salvation of this brief, scrawled will for marriage and the Financial Regulation (and also for temptation) he made a poetical act of the first order. Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976) was another writer whose occupation with daily routine caused his literature to fall into oblivion.
Poet for poet, this author has recorded the essential nature of urban living in such clear and straightforward terms that it could be confused with fiction. But, at the plane of man's interactions, his poetry is full of sympathy. Both Williams and Reznikoff have written literary works from their everyday work.
For most of his lifetime Reznikoff spent on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, walking the roads for kilometres every single mile, writing papers about the Act to earn a livelihood, and publishing most of his work. Instructors who are willing to risk the unknown will find much in their work that they can give to their pupils in terms of the mortal mind.
It is important that both the teacher and the student are conscious of this. In order to grasp her visions in speech as precisely as possible, the writer risks, pricks into the darkness of the worlds and the self, both of which are ultimately unrecognisable. Educators and pupils should also be conscious of this opportunity, which is so important for the production of music.
Paul Valéry, a famous writer from France, said that a verse was never ready, only forsaken. Thus the poets can never be sure that he has done it "right" for all times. How much more cautious should those who are studying poetry be in determining "final" poetry interpretation. Indeed, the virtues of a great verse are that it can be infinitely understood, from generations to generations, from centuries to centuries and even from civilization to civilization.
Nobody has ceased to write about the Ulysses; the last words about Hamlet have yet to be said. We' re reading the poetry as much as we are. It is for precisely this reason that our readings, edited and dry readings of poetry turn away from the realm of poetry, a realm closely linked to the secrets of the mortal souls.
Rather than viewing the poetry as a vivid testimony of personal experiences (Keats studies the ballot box at the British Museum, Williams looks out the windows at the reddish wheelbarrow), the "symbols" of the poetry are presented as a reminder and recitation for the finals. Rather than being an emotional meeting, poetry becomes a job like places and data.
We have been paying a high price as poetry teacher and as a student of these techniques. It' s a wonder that I have seen third and 4th grade pupils who don' t know the first thing about poetry, who call "Ugggh" when the term was used? I' d like to suggest that the pupils should be able to find a poet.
Instead of feeding them with violence, there is a way to read a poetical text that enables both the instructor and the pupil to meet him as something alive. First I will generalise about this methodology; then I will move on to a special read of a poetry I have read with grades ranging from third grades to high schools to teachers' workhops.
Teachers who introduce poems to pupils for the first utterly must be submissive and nosy. Submissiveness comes from the deliberate restraint of the poem's own interpretations and the realization that the poetry can never be fully comprehended. It' s a healing thing for the pupils to listen to their teachers say:' I like this poet, but I don't really know what this part of it means' if we really don't do it.
There are some poetry that can be researched in detail, others, in whole or in part, leaves us astonished. This is the first important stage in the humanisation of the studies of poetry. In poetry or in realities, we cannot always declare what we like. As a rule, the teacher's admittance that he is not almighty will make the pupils rush to help.
You want to help; you have your own beautiful idea of what the puzzling part is. Here we are learning from our pupils, and as any good schoolteacher knows, this is one of the great presents of the school. Later on, when I was discussing the boy's answer with several of my colleagues who had observed the classes, I was informed that in fact large amounts of psychology had been carried out in this area in clinics, and as a consequence the vast majority of the staff of the clinic can now be found in the colour of greens - the colour of living and growing - instead of in whites, the paleness of deaths, the colour of an angel.
And, yes, the concept of dying was lurking behind what this young man said, but his poetical reply gave the kind of brilliant reply that educators need to be prepared for. Virtuoso, modest and inquisitive, the instructor can now allow himself to be hands-on by ensuring that each pupil has a copy of the poetry or poetry for discussion.
If you are a writer, please give the verse a breather when reproducing it for school. This is one of the reason why they are formed as they are, in line. Don't squash twelve verses on one page; and for God's sake, don't handle the poetry as if it were a fading shiner or a new kind of illness by introducing it in neo-unctial notation.
I would like to make an important point before we come to some thoughts that will help you speak about poetry as if it were a recording of personal experiences and not frightening masterworks of global literary art. In many cases they will deviate from the text of the poetry and begin to think up a great deal of rubbish about "what the poetry says".
" If they fall off the trail (unless the new trail is of particular interest), guide them back to the poetry itself to see if what they say is in any way what the poetry says. The" answers" that there are ( (if at all) to the poet's problem, the mark of "what the poetry means", are either in the poetry or we guess.
However, our assumptions (call them intuitive if you like) should always be weighed against the information given in the work. When we type in a poetry, we want to find out what's going on first.