Study_Guide_Mid_Term_English_2027

Study_Guide_Mid_Term_English_2027 - Pod 1 Mid Term Study...

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Pod 1 – Mid Term Study Guide What is a poem? o Maureen Claffey - A recorded unit of language-time. Used to capture and ineffable moment. Used to give something importance with words. o Asian Poets - Writer makes a series of choices. Each word or element is there for a reason. o Jordan Soyka - Poetry is an art form that pays attention to the language as the medium. o Barbara Guest’s Rules - It must be abstract , change, and give pleasure . It must begin in silence, but it should be more than words on a paper. The desire of the poet is to control the poem . It needs vision and imagination , and a “halo.” It needs a spiritual or metaphysical life (mystery). How do we analyze poetry? o Poets: read their works as much as possible o Research background/historical details o Re-read poems- read it out loud o Look at the language o Think about the context: historical, personal, poetic movement, form 1. Assume that each word has a meaning. 2. Decode or decipher the meaning. 3. Tease out larger importance. Barbara Guest
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o An invisible architecture upholds poem while allowing a moment of relaxation for the unconscious o There is always something within poetry that desires the invisible o A poem has a secret grip of its own, separate from its creator o The conflict between a poet and the poem creates “atmosphere of mystery” When the mystery is penetrated, illumination takes place Akin to a “religious experience” o Tension placed on poem’s structure: meter variability, fleeting moods of expression, and trebled sound o Each poet owns a private language Poetry, the True Fiction Poetry sometimes develops a “grayness” Cezanne asserts, “the contour eludes me” The poet is to “stimulate an imaginative speculation on the nature of reality.” Pod # 2 Study Guide- Hsieh Ling-Yun The beginning of Hsieh: Years of Hsieh (385-433 C.E.) First to forge a poetic world of this numinous realm; initiating a tradition of rivers and mountains Rivers and mountains poetry best described as WILDERNESS POETRY. Engages or celebrates wilderness of itself and our spiritual relationship to it. Invests realistic descriptions of landscape either the philosophy of Taoism and Buddhism thereby shaping landscaping into forms of enlightenment. Hsieh’s poems nothing less than the aesthetic and spiritual discovery of wilderness
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Read like: dispatchers reporting back to human world. Begins the practice of the wild that becomes essential in our own time. Hsieh’s work: feels utterly contemporary, in an age of global ecological disruption and mass extinction; this engagement with wilderness makes these poems more urgently and universally important by the day. Hsieh’s time spent: 10 years in mountains, increasing his passion for wandering alpine landscapes.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course ENGL 2024 taught by Professor Claffey during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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