Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day 2 of Poetry

In class: Writing Exercise

With gratitude to writer Carmen Maria Machado, please write a list of 100 Fears - number them.
No, they need not be in order.
This list is for your eyes only - between you and you.
I will check to see that you have a list of 100.

The list serves as a brainstorming exercise to your homework...

Homework for Thursday: Write a Poem

Write a poem based on one or more of your fears.
(We will workshop in small groups in class Thursday)

No required form.

Yes, you must have the courage to share your poem with your classmates.
Be not afraid - to be vulnerable.
If you have not watched it yet, you may appreciate this TED by Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability.

Consider the tone of your poem - see list of adjectives below.
Can you create a shift in tone at the end?

While there is no minimum length, it should be long enough to include various elements of poetry.

Adjectives to describe tone:

Admiring Afraid Aggravated Aggressive Agitated Allusive Angry Apathetic Apologetic Appreciative Argumentative Arrogant Assertive Assured Audacious Authoritative Awestruck Bilious
Bitter Bland Blithe Bombastic Boring Brash Breezy
Calm Cantankerous Casual Caustic Cheerful Childish Coarse
Cold Colloquial Complacent Complimentary Condescending Confessional Confiding Confused Consoling Contemptuous Contentious Contented Contradictory Critical
Cross Cynical
Dejected Deliberate Depressed Desperate Detached Disagreeable Disappointed Disgusted Disinterested Dismissive Doleful Dour Dramatic Dreamy Dutiful
Ecstatic Elegiac Encouraging Enthusiastic Euphoric Excited
Facetious Fanciful Fearful Fervent Frenetic Friendly Flippant Frivolous
Galvanizing Giddy Grateful Gracious Gregarious
Happy Harsh Hating Haughty Hesitant Humble Hollow Horrific Humorous Hurt
Illusory Impassive Impish Indignant Innocent Inquisitive Instructive Ironic
Joking Joyful
Laconic Lighthearted Loud Loving
Macabre Manipulative Melancholy Miserable Mocking Modest Morbid
Naïve Negative Nervous Nihilistic Nostalgic
Objective Obsequious Opprobrious
Panegyric Paranoid Passive Patronizing Peaceful Pedantic Penitent Persuasive Phlegmatic Pleading Pleasant Poignant Politic Pretentious Prosaic Proud Provocative Punctilious
Quaint Querulous Questioning Quiet Quotidian
Restrained Ribald Romantic Rancorous Raucous
Saccharine Sad Salacious Sarcastic Satiric Scornful Seductive Sentimental Serious Sharp Shocking Silly Sly Smug Somber Soothing Sour Superficial Superior Supportive Surprised Sweet Sympathetic Tautological Tempestuous Terse Tired Tortuous Truculent
Uneasy Uninterested Upset Urgent
Vehement Vexed Vibrant Vitriolic
Wanton Whimsical WistfulWry
Zany Zealous

Jane Kenyon, "Otherwise"
Donald Hall's untitled poem
Billy Collins, "Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House"
W.S. Merwin, "For the Anniversary of my Death"
Langston Hughes, "

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