Friday, 26 April 2013

Being Poetic

During last class, we discussed the components of poetry. In short, we talked about what poetry means to us and how we use it in our lives. So, after a while of discussing, the essential question we pretty much got stumped on was "How is poetry different from prose". I'd say even though that question was pretty much left unanswered, it was still my main takeaway from the whole lesson. Sometimes questions are more interesting that way.

But regarding the analysis of poetry, I honestly think I am defiantly not expert at it. What I mean is I get it, just am not a ninja at it. I guess analysing poetry can be quite useful as it helps you understand the true meaning of the poem and not just "Oh, that's nice". But there are just some poems that however much to stare blankly at it, you just don't get it. Here's where it becomes tedious. Trying to unpack a suitcase full of sharp objects that sting when you touch them, that's what it can feel like sometimes. Complex vocabulary and meanings that are hard to understand can make the job much harder. But on the bright side, a poem that is more easily digestible, but still entails a profound meaning behind it, can bring a much more pleasant experience analysing it, and leave a trail of deep understanding behind it.

Sometimes this theory can be applied to our lives. Things we just don't get can be a painful roadblock, but others flow like a smooth river. Both the poem itself and the process of analysing it can relate to our real lives. In a way you can say our lives have a sense of poetic nature to them, waiting to be unpacked and analysed. Isn't it?

So today's class was about re-writing poems. Stanza, lineation, emphasis, it can seem like a blur, especially for me, as this was the first time I really looked at these things in more depth. I would not say I am very confident in this area yet, but I think I am able to cope and pretty much understand the concepts. From today, I think I still need to build a deeper understanding about where to put emphasis when writing poetry, and where to split lines and build stanzas. Let's see where this leads for now.

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