Keystone National High School Drafting and Creating a Poem Analysis Paper

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Composing a Poem - Process: Keep in mind that your poem is not just for you; it is for your audience. Reach for the universal in your experience. Answer the following: 1. What do you value most in your life? Why? 2. What events have happened in the last few days that made you feel an intense emotion? (Small events like looking out a window in the morning count.) What did you feel or realize about life? 3. What was a significant turning point in your life? What were you like before and after your epiphany (moment of truth)? 4. What is your most cherished memory? What made it special? What do you think life is about? Why are we here on Earth? What is your purpose? Because an idea web can reach many levels, you will not be using a template to complete it. You must create your idea web on paper. Follow these instructions for creating a useful set of ideas. Again, the deeper you dig and the more complete you make your idea web, the more useful it will be. • • • • • Summarize your idea (seed) into a couple words and put it in the middle of the idea web. Extend your web upward to explore the emotions and thoughts you have about your seed. Extend your web out to the left to add imagery related to your seed; think about all five of the senses. Extend your web to the right to add objects you could use to symbolize or compare to your seed idea. Extend your web downward to find the meaning or the theme you hope to reveal. Remember that an idea web has many levels, one idea leads to the next and the next. Your best ideas are not usually found at the first level, so let your mind go into all levels; it doesn't have to make sense right now. For the next step in the process, you will need to determine three components of poetic composition: • • • The central image The point of view, or speaker The poetic structure Drafting a Poem You are now ready to create a first draft of a poem. Drafting a poem is not like drafting an essay. You need to release yourself from certain constrains and rules, but you also need to carefully consider other elements of writing. Drafting your poem will be much easier if you have read many other poems, so you know how poems should look and sound. To see some examples of classic poems revisit: To see more contemporary poems, go to: Poem Tree . As you draft, focus on creating an experience for the reader by: • • • • • • Including imagery (engaging all the senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, sound). Using action verbs that are lively and specific. Focusing on how each word sounds when set alongside other words. Making interesting comparisons (you can use simile and metaphor). Making specific, strong word choices. Showing images and ideas, rather than just telling them (show, don't tell). Worry less about using complete sentences and proving a point. Poems are primarily focused on recreating an experience or a feeling, not making a point with full sentences and examples. Your poem is drafted, and if you worked through the steps of the project carefully and thoughtfully, shaping up nicely. You might even feel like you are done. What more is there to do? Actually, the next part—revising—is the most important part of all. Revising a poem is different from revising an essay or a story. Revising is a little like pruning. Your job is to cut back and change enough to coax the beauty from your original words. When you go back to your poem to make it stronger and clearer, you will want to focus on four specific elements of the poem. Word Choice Line Breaks/Stanza Breaks Economy of Language Punctuation and Capitalization Instructions: 1. Jot down on a piece of paper a description of an intense moment or feeling you have had. 2. Use an idea web to free associate on that moment or idea. 3. Look for a central image to use (a story to tell, a metaphor to expand, or a symbol to focus on). 4. Think about the structure that best expresses what you want to say. (A controlled structure with a set rhythm or a rhyme scheme; or free verse where line breaks and stanza breaks provide the only structure; or a combination, perhaps). 5. Keep the focus on the central image, and express what you have to say. Write more than you think you should. Keep going until you wear the image or the emotion out. Remember that your final poem should be 16-40 lines long. 6. Put your draft aside for at least 24 hours. 7. Revise your draft, take out the wordiness. (Remember: poetry does not need to be in complete sentences. You can remove transitions, conjunctions, or prepositions that are not absolutely necessary. Take out anything that is not adding to the central image or feeling.) 8. Keep sound devices (alliteration, assonance, consonance, caesura, repetition) in mind and choose stronger and clearer verbs, adjectives, adverbs (and cut out the ones that aren't absolutely necessary). 9. Add figurative language, so that your poem uses at least one example of each of the following: symbolism, sensory imagery, metaphor/simile. (Your poem may also use hyperbole, understatement, allusion, and/or irony.) 10. Reassess punctuation, line breaks, and rhythm patterns (read your poem out loud to see if these changes might make a difference to how the poem is read). 11. Write a paragraph or two that describes your inspiration and why you decided to perform your poem the way you did. 12. Turn in Idea Web, Poem, and Explanation
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My brother is a rare species
That almost every family misses
To acknowledge that even with autism
He still has value in our family.
A wise man said, never look at the picture, and miss the frame,
But I ask,
Do we miss the real value of him?
Just because the picture that spoke loud was autism
And missed the frame...

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