Although we often think of poetry being composed of written documents, there is also a performative element that must not be overlooked. As we’ve learned firsthand, there is both an incredible sense of agency attained when reading a poem to others, as well as a captivated engagement experienced when listening. In this sense, poetry is just one of the many forms of oral tradition that have been passed down through the generations.
Another form of oral tradition is stand-up comedy. With its emphasis on the recitation of prepared material, and its investment in evoking emotion, stand-up can definitely be thought of as a sister art form of poetry.
As such, I encourage you all to watch the above clip, which features Jerry Seinfeld (one of the most respected stand-up comedians of all time) waxing nostalgic about Halloween.
Over the course of the last month, we’ve come to the understanding that poetry is a wonderful means of expressing tremendous emotion. While we often think of poems as cute bits of rhythmic writing that sometimes rhyme, they actually tackle much deeper subjects. In essence, poetry is a vehicle for exploring the deepest recesses of our innermost selves.
Today, we are going to take a ride in the poetry-vehicle by reading O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman!
Throughout our exploration of poetry, we’ve come to the realization that syntax, diction, and intimation are of the utmost importance. By choosing certain words and arranging them with care, a poet is able to evoke a tremendous amount of emotion. In the process, the poet may also demonstrate the power of language, even when dealing in an economy of words.
Today, we are going to further investigate these notions by reading The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams!
The Creative Writing train has left the the station, with intention of arriving at Poetry City by the end of the month. But there’ll be plenty of stops along the way, with local guides showing us some of their regions more scenic landmarks. Oh no, it looks like we’ve come to a dead stop! And we’re in the forest of the night!
Luckily, William Blake is nearby and he’s going to help us understand the distant skies!