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My favorite half-line of Latin poetry!

One of the things I love most about the Latin language is how its writers can massage it to add information and imagery without having to add more words.  I call this, personally, writing in two dimensions.  Here's an example:   At one point in the Aeneid, Aeneas and Dido are having a lovers' tryst in a hidden cave, which was dedicated to a god.  Because Latin is a highly inflected language, word order carries little grammatical information (unlike English), but can add quite a bit of what I call "two-dimensional" information.  So, in English the line might be written:   Aeneas and Dido were in the holy cave.   But Vergilius writes instead (only in Latin):   In the holy Aeneas and Dido were cave.   Thus, even in terms of word order, Aeneas and Dido are INSIDE the cave!  I find things like this absolutely thrilling.  But it's not my favorite half-line in Latin poetry.   That... read more

WHY BOTHER TELLING ANYBODY ANYTHING?

Where are you? Bottom of a mountain? Half-way up? Probably don't need a boost or a climbing partner. What's so grand about a very large rock?   I've been there. It's pretty neat. You can see the stars through daytime blue. You can see things in colors and sizes not even the best climbers have seen yet. What's the big thing? Ice freezes your wrists and thighs, it's hard to talk to each other through the wool covering your mouth, a lot of people have died up here. Well, let me tell you... I've climbed a lot in a lot of different countries, but from this mountain, I found the sun. The sun is not round, it is a war, orange fire, flares of white yellow.   That's it, actually. Didn't really find anything else here. Chicken soup. An interesting rock. A flag bent over in a drift. But the sun at altitude bears you backwards, breathless. If from this high mountain, you could see the sun as it is, alive, piercing, shuddering with temperature, what's... read more

The Path Finder

The followers and the hopefuls mother, father and siblings, all tarrying outside, by the side of the bus, all worn and looking toward her, and waiting with cups empty to fill and quench their thirst only if 'the oil stayed,' and were desperate.                                    She was persistent, her domineering will overcoming language barrier. In by inch, she stepped into the step well and height after height, went up to the bus driver, hope rising. Whence hand over head, she pointed to the direction in quest, and dialogue ensued. Coming forth in own dialect, she began,   'do you go dd - a - rr way?' 'yes I do,' the bus driver affirmed, with a nod.   The inner self, standing by and observing emmotively ... commanded... read more

Freedom, An Interchanging Poetry Expression of History and Symbolism

Recently, I wrote and published an article "Interchanging Poetry, A New Poetic Genre." It is a new form of poetry that can increase a students desire to write. be creative, and accomplish a task most student's hate...writing poetry.   I am including one of my Interchanging poems and encourage any who love writing poetry or any who love a challenge to try something that is new and exciting. Read "Interchanging Poetry, A New Poetic Genre." then using the rules as prescribed, write. Interchanging poetry can change how and why you write poetry.   Freedom, An Interchanging Poetry Expression of History and Symbolism Freedom, defined as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is a writ of grievance against the King of England, declaring, “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they... read more

If something seems hard then make it easy

I remember I registered for a class in college that was a close study of the works by John Milton. Milton's Paradise Lost one of the longest poems in the history of literature was not something that too many students flocked to to sign up for, however, for me I had found something within his dense, confusing, and dry material that caught my interest and my thoughts. At the root of the battle between good vs. evil and the story and creation of mankind, their existed extremely deep images of love. The love that Adam and Eve shared for each other but also the love that existed between God and Satan. Milton's story was of course about the fall of man from Paradise and the fall of Satan from Heaven, but it was also at its core a romantic story about how the power of love and the emotions that are generated from it control our lives and our destinies.

Poetry and the things that matter to us

Sometimes we find it hard to connect with the images that a poet creates within his or her work. I have found that one's own life experiences can help aid in finding a variety of angles to approaching and understanding poetry. This tool not only applies to poetry but to other sources of literature as well. If we can take time to indulge in our emotions, feelings, thoughts, and physical enviroments, there is a good chance that one may have a more diverse understanding of a piece of literature. 

Interchanging Poetry, A New Poetic Genre

Poetry is the absolute beauty of the human heart expressing emotion in a form that delights, and leaves the reader with a feeling of contentment in one spectrum, and a feeling of remorse in another. No other form of writing has the ability and power to inspire the emotion created through poetry. There are more than sixty different popular forms of poetry commonly used today. Many forms from the Old World, have been Americanized to suit the American style for writing. Interchanging Poetry is a narrative combining poetry with discussion, debate, dialog, or description; using the poetry to emphasize the narrative. It is a new form of poetry developing interchanging literary devices to enhance poetic discourse. Generally, writers will incorporate a poem into their article, publication, or book to make a point or site as a reference. This is common practice giving the author of the poetry proper credit. This is not a common practice with poets, who write... read more

Write Poetry To Increase Confidence, Creativity, And Ability

Poetry is one of those literary genres that instill a fear in students, particularly in the middle school arena. Metaphor, sonnet, acrostic, haiku, rhyme, prose, or free verse are examples of hundreds of poetry terms and forms. Confusing for a young impressionable mind to absorb, poetry is often a subject to avoid, and if unavoidable, often solicits a desire to cheat to succeed. Throughout the internet, are sites where students ask questions soliciting someone to explain or write them poetry to complete a homework assignment. Poetry is not a written or spoken form to be feared, rather should be the educational tool that teaches reading, writing and the arts as no other single genre is capable. Writing poetry ought to be fun allowing students to express their feelings, beliefs, and experiences without the restriction of initially teaching them to write and interpret forms of poetry that are difficult for most to understand and usually result in a lifelong hatred... read more

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