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Target word puzzle
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Rules You can only use each letter once. You must use the centre letter There is one 9 letter word No foreign words No words with initial capital letter, e.g. people·s names
10 words - good; 18 words - very good; 27 words - excellent; 35 words - outstanding
Poetry about you
That is, poems that focus on what it is to be female
The focus will be on exploring the context of the poems we are going to focus on.
We will look at your opinions and thoughts on what is to be female
in 2011. We will look at what your expectation of female poets are. We will explore what feminine and femininity means to you. I will tell you a little about our first poet, Elizabeth Bishop We·ll read ¶The Waiting Room· and start talking about it
Talking about things around the poems we are actually studying is important because it helps you to grasp the ideas and issues that the poet is going to be presenting and discussing in their writing. Also, if we discuss our expectations and thoughts on these issues then we can compare out thinking to that of the poet, which helps you gain more personal response.
Some big questions...
To start, work with a partner or as a whole group. Divide a sheet of A3 paper in to four and brainstorm around the following four questions: 1) what do you expect female poets to write about? 2) What is femininity? (brainstorm words and ideas and then write a definition that begins ´femininity is...µ 3) Do you expect female poetry to be feminine? Why? 4) What issues might a female poet be better at exploring? Why?
What differences might you expect between poetry written by a man compared to poetry written by a woman? - Content? - Language? - Imagery? Or do you expect no difference? Why?
Four corner debate
´The female way of seeing the world is different to the male way of seeing the worldµ
Barbie Doll by Marge Piercy
This girlchild was born as usual and presented dolls that did pee-pee and miniature GE stoves and irons and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy. Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs. She was healthy, tested intelligent, possessed strong arms and back, abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity. She went to and fro apologizing. Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. She was advised to play coy, exhorted to come on hearty, exercise, diet, smile and wheedle. Her good nature wore out like a fan belt. So she cut off her nose and her legs and offered them up. In the casket displayed on satin she lay with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on, a turned-up putty nose, dressed in a pink and white nightie. Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said. Consummation at last. To every woman a happy ending
What is Marge Piercy·s attitude to the female journey through life? What do you think she sees as the only feature women are valued for? Why do you think this? Do you think this is a good representation of what women have to deal with in life? Why do you think this?
I·m going to put a different question at every group.
thoughts on. You will start with the question at your table - everyone is to write something in response to the question. You will then move around the room and visit each of the other questions, reading what other people have written and adding your own thoughts.
Each piece of paper has plenty of room for you to write your
Word of the Week Something new from the English Department. Every week there will be a new word that may well come in handy when you·re writing essays to help set you apart from other candidates when your writing goes in front of a marker. This week: (copy this down) Zeitgeist, noun. The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation. It is originally a German expression, which means ´the spirit (Geist) of the times (Zeit)µ. It denotes the intellectual and cultural climate of an era.
She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949
to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970.
She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. After her father, a
successful builder, died when she was eight months old, Bishop¶s mother became mentally ill and was institutionalized in 1916. (Bishop wrote about the time of her mother's struggles in her short story "In The Village.") Effectively orphaned during her very early childhood, she lived with her grandparents on a farm in Nova Scotia, a period she also referenced in her writing. Bishop's mother remained in an asylum until her death in 1934, and the two were never reunited.
´One of the causes of poetry must be, we suppose, the feeling that the contemporary language is not equivalent to the contemporary fact; there is something out of proportion between them, and what is being said in words is not at all what is being said in "things."...By "pretending" the existence of a language appropriate and comparable to the "things" it must deal with, the language is forced into being.µ What do you think she means by what is ´being said in words not at all what is being said in ´thingsµµ? What do you think this suggests for what she thinks the purpose of poetry might be?
´Language is born in order to grasp that which escapes itµ
´Off and on I have written out a poem called "Grandmother's Glass Eye" which should be about the problem of writing poetry. The situation of my grandmother strikes me as rather like the situation of the poet: the difficulty of combining the real with the decidedly un-real; the natural with the unnatural; the curious effect a poem produces of being as normal as sight and yet as synthetic, as artificial, as a glass eye.µ What is natural about a poem? What is artificial about a poem?
Her three rules:
´accuracy, spontaneity and mystery
Poetry should be:
´the most fantasticrather than ´the tiresome practice of thoughts in the most correct and natural languageµ, trivial thoughts in the most fantastic conveying the most language.µ
Bishop was a ¶Modernist· - which just means that she was writing in a particular movement during the mid 20th century. Modernism was famous for stripping back poetry as much as possible. One poet, Ezra Pound, actually wrote three rules for a particular group called the Imagists. While Bishop wasn·t a member of this group, the rules are useful for helping us understand Bishop·s style.
Examples of Modernist Style
Poem (as the cat) As the cat climbed over the top of the jamcloset first the right forefoot carefully then the hind stepped down into the pit of the empty flowerpot
William Carlos Williams
In a Station of the Metro The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.
Winter Trees All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed! A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold.
The style is consciously stripped back to ensure the direct treatment of the ¶thing·. The poet very intentionally removes or strips away anything that is too decorative. You won·t often see a lot of metaphor or simile in this style of poetry. Rather, the style will be more straightforward. Why might a writer want to write like this?
A Bishop Poem
Let·s have a read of ¶The Fish·. As we·re reading think about the following question: How is this poem reflective of what Bishop·s style is and what her vision of what poetry should be? Give some specific examples from the poem
The Waiting Room
Take care of this copy of the poem - you can always find the poem online if you lose it, but you will be making marks and annotations on this copy, so you·ll want to hold on to it to assist you when you·re preparing for essay writing. Let·s have a read...
These are just your initial thoughts, it·s okay to be confused at this point. 1) What stands out for you in this poem? (quote lines that really interest you, or really confuse you, or both) 2) Who is speaking? Write a brief description of who you think the speaker might be. 3) How did you decide who the speaker was? (write down what your evidence was) 4) Is the language easy or difficult? And does it suit the speaker? 5) Do you notice any language features? If so, what are they? (quote) 6) What seems to be the story in your opinion? (Make a bullet point list)
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