With this first session, I went over the first half of the Indie poetry ppt presentation, guidelines and terminology for poetry analysis and provided a handout containing some Indie poetry.
- Read the poem several times through for its content:
- Initially, read the poem through without making any notes.
- The second time through, scan for general absorption and to look over text you might not have fully considered. Move on to the next step once you feel the poem begin to “sit” with you, and that you have an overall understanding of it.
- Make notes of provocative elements in each stanza, giving attention to details that seem to define the content’s meaning or purpose.
- Anywhere between the second or third time through, assess the structure of the poem:
- Consider its overall textual or visual design on the page.
- Note the number of stanzas presents in the poem; how many are there and does th author use them consistently? (see next)
- Examine the length of each stanza; is the author deliberate with the number of lines present in each stanza? Make note of them and also consider numbering each line which can be incredibly helpful for referencing things later.
- Attempt to identify the poem’s form and style:
- A poem can adhere to more than one form, exhibiting attributes that may indicate several categories. In this case, which form is implied and is there a form present that is expressed more clearly?
- Is it a lyrical poem? Lyrical poems will often emit a sense of emotional value and an outpouring introspective thoughts or feelings. It can appear abstract in element and may be built upon a set of complex images.
- Is it a narrative poem? Narrative poems often revolve around depicting small moments in time; they have a tendency to unwind slowly although they sometimes focus on an event that has occurred within a couple of seconds. Does the author consider one moment, or a series of events?
- Does the poem resemble a specific form like prose? Prose is characterized by its lack of line breaks and is not structured with a familiar use of stanza but instead appears as large blocks of text on the page. Prose is often void of complex visual design and feels conversational in nature. Though it may resemble a moderate essay of 1-4 pages, its content remains poetic and has aesthetic qualities such as: consonance, alliteration, provocative imagery or metaphor.
- Consider the author’s voice or persona:
- Mixed Media and Interdisciplinary attributes
- If the poem contains mixed media elements such as photographs or collage, it could be considered a visual poem.
- Did the poem contain a visual design that was constructed out of text? It could be considered a concrete poem.
- It could be difficult to differentiate between the two, but the consideration isn’t incredibly problematic since these forms of poetry are closely related; it is often debated which one truly came first—concrete poetry, or visual poetry. It’s occasionally questioned which form exists as a sub-genre.
- Consider also:
- What stands out in the poem or what makes it unique?
- Feel free to identify unconventional attributes associated with style, form, structure and content.
- What makes a poem unique could be its most commodified element; it’s possible an author will approach a topic that has much notoriety but does it in an unusual way.
Shiny white-board notes
For next session:
1) Look over Indie poetry handout #1 and take some notes for discussion posts. Feel free to follow the analysis guidelines or assess anything you feel might add to the discussion.
2) Write 1-2 poems or look for work you already have that you are willing to post on the blog. You can title the posts under "Workshop 2," and your name, but for formatting purposes, we can always get to it later.
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