Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30th - Your Ars Poetica is Due

What is an "Ars Poetica"?

From poets.org: 

Perhaps one of the most famous American examples is Archibald MacLeish‘s "Ars Poetica":
A poem should palpable and mute 
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb, 

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—
A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.
Written in part as a response to the highly rhetorical nature of English poetry at the start of the twentieth century, MacLeish’s piece states the Modernist perspective:
                    “a poem should not mean / but be.”

My simple answer: A poem about poetry. 

Write your poem about poetry. 

Does Poetry Matter? Can we assume that it does?

Marianne Moore begins her poem "Peotry" with an ironic statement: 

 I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond
       all this fiddle.
    Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
       discovers in
    it after all, a place for the genuine.

Read more of Moore's "Poetry"

How do you define poetry? 

I am not concerned about rhyme scheme or length.

I would like a thoughtful reflection in verse.

Show us - don't tell us - what you think poetry is.

Consider incorporating some of these Elements of Poetry:

Please bring a HARD COPY - and post to the showcase blog
Inspire your classmates one last time.

A few definitions of poetry you might appreciate - feel free to blend into your poem:
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Consider how all writing is persuasive...

Sell us your definition of poetry.

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