This section covers images as they appear in poetry and covers related terminology, definitions and origins of images, uses of images, and several exercises.
Last Edited: 2010-04-21 08:28:32
Breadbasket of Images
- Go outside and find 5 objects and describe them briefly in your notebook.
- Take one of the five objects and add something that makes it "intellectual," something that shows that it is being observed by a thinking person. Do not just describe the thing; that is not image. Think of it as augmenting the object with your thoughts.
- Take the same object and find a way to get something emotional into it. Again, raw description is not the key here; make it something that evokes an emotional response in you about the object.
- Repeat with all five objects.
The Poet as Robber Baron
- Find three images from three different poems that you really admire.
- Replace the key element of each of the images with a new word. ie: if the key element of the image is "sun," try making it "whiffleball".
- Now take the emotional and intellectual elements of the image and change them slightly to fit the word.
- Using all three images, write a short poem where all three images come into play with each other.