Summer SAVY 2017, Session 5/Day 2- Poetry in Practice (Rising 4th/5th)
The poet Rainer Maria Rilke was a proponent for mining one’s life experiences for poetic subject material. That’s what we’re trying to do this week. We continued revising yesterday’s poems by taking out the key emotionally resonant lines and adding them to a new poem with syllabic structure.
We also used an anaphora exercise inspired by writer Joe Brainard to generate further topics to write about from our lives.
Being a poet also means we need to be able to understand the writing of other poets in order to understand how they use language to convey meaning. Today we read poems by Heather McHugh and Walt Whitman and then wrote our own poetry inspired by McHugh’s use of the ghazal form.
We rounded out our day by touring the Peabody campus and writing ekphrastic poetry (poems which describe art) inspired by the many sculptures and the architecture on campus.
Mr. Quincy Rhoads