Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Poetry



Our upcoming unit is on poetry, a style of writing which I have experienced as well as studied before. We discussed the meaning and purpose of poetry and why somebody would want to write a poem. From the group discussion we had yesterday, I have concluded that:
  • Poetry is a type of writing providing a greater message than that of a paragraph or prose
  • It challenges to reader to think of a deeper message the poet is trying to convey.
  • It has a different structure to other writing, with the use of rhyme and other literary techniques
  • there is no set purpose to a poem, leaving to meaning of the poem open to the reader's interpretation
However to understand the deeper or hidden meanings in different poems we must analyse them to extract and look for key information or words. Analysis may be tedious to some, and useful to others, as it takes time and requires you to think outside the box. I for one understand the use of poetry to others as it is a very unique pathway to convey the poetic nature of life and everything around us.

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.


After analysing our first poem in class, we talked about devices called economy of verse and aural qualities. These new terms gave me a greater understanding of the poem as well as its structure and set-up.




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