Essential Question Reflection

Essential Question Reflection

How do poets and poetry invite us to see, feel, and experience the world?

Each one of us sees the world from a different perspective. Our perspective can be affected by our experiences, the people around us and our setting or where we live. A poet or poetry gives us the invitation or opportunity to experience the world from someone else’s perspective. We can gain a different and often better understanding of an emotion or an appreciation of the poets. But the power of poetry comes when we as the reader apply the feeling or gratitude to our own lives and experiences. We can see our own lives from a different point of view. Through the poetry unit, we experienced many poets using literary devices such as enjambment, figurative language, diction, etc which adds meaning allowing us to experience the world through their work. Poetry allows someone to tell a story in a way that gives a mental image of a series of events and allows them to express how they feel. During the poetry unit, we read the poem Winter by William Shakespeare. An example of poets using diction to enable readers to see the world they are writing about it is when Shakespeare uses diction to reinforce the winter feel such as “icicles (I. 1), “frozen” (I. 4), “owl” (I. 6), “snow” (I. 12) all words relating to the cold winter months. Poets use enjambment to make the reader focus more and have more feeling related to some specific aspects of the poem. When writing our own poems, there was a lot of talk about us using one worded lines to really focus on and make a point on what we were trying to get across. By separating words and creating new lines, it intensifies the word and allows it to have new meaning. Figurative language is something widespread in poetry. It creates a strong image which in some cases is what the poet is going for. A lot of poets use metaphors and similes to really invite readers to get on their level of thinking and understanding. A metaphor used by Emily Dickinson in the poem “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers” sparks a deep level of thinking within the reader’s mind as do most metaphors. The metaphor being:
“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops at all.”
To me, this sparks thoughts of hope and ideas of hope never ending and never failing. Metaphors are used by poets to allow readers to spiral into thought. I don’t believe that a poem has any set meaning or thing people are supposed to understand from it. I think poets invite us to see, feel and experience the world by opening up space for readers to think and ponder what the poem is about using different elements to, therefore, get an understanding that fits with the reader.

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