This morning during my World Literature class, we were defining poetry and part of the definition said that poetry is the imaginative awareness of experience. I asked my class what they thought was meant by that phrase, someone answered that it probably has something to do with tickling the imagination, and another student said that it may probably pertain to evoking an emotional response from the readers.
I told them that they were both correct, because poetry is able to evoke an emotional response from the reader after giving the reader a new perspective on an ordinary object or idea. Poetry enables the reader to visualize the object from a renewed point-of-view. I even told them that Wordsworth himself said that, poetry has the power to make familiar objects unfamiliar.
One of my students, Martin, asked for an example to make things clearer. I replied that not only will he have the example he needs, but his classmates would provide him with several examples. I asked the class to give me adjectives to describe the white board that we were using for our lecture. I listed down all of their answers:
you doodle on it
I then told them that they have 5 minutes to come up with a poem that will describe the white board in a totally different light. They were allowed to add words and phrases to their poem.
Taking into account the time pressure and limited subject matter that was given to them, I am quite happy and proud with what they came up with. I am pleased to share with you some of their exceptional works.
I.On this simple blank surface I strike but meaningless lines and curves But set your eyes on this white plane And see how shapes and colors make worlds.
By Carlo Lava
II.A white plane that you doodle on So simple, blank and smooth. It shines as if it holds the soul Of sweet untainted youth. And yet with every mark it may So easily be marred. And cleaned again, with sweeping moves, Too quick a healing scar. But sometimes, one will mark with wrong Types of inking tools And there we see permanence Left blithely by a fool. Some things may go, and come and go As life is fleeting now, And always, but some things just stay And stuck and scar, somehow.
By Motzie Dapul
III.Beneath that shining armor Lies a place to let your emotions pour As blank as it may look It is filled like a book
By Lara Zamora
Trust (Whiteboard)Let’s start over Plain white surface, with no cover Erase all the written lies Clean of hatred; things you despise. Oh trust, oh trust Has metal frame that can rust But the surface is as clean as new Although that’s what we both knew Time will pass by, everything has a phase Permanent mark; you can never erase.
By Pauline Hermoso
This one is unfinished, but he did try JFrom the eyes of the layman, they only see what their Mindset is telling. As I look through reflections Facing against me, vivid images of our lessons begin To fill my mind with intellectual lessons of deep and Unimaginable understandings that shine against the fuzzy Light of the room
By Nino De Guzman
There are days when I just love being a Literature professor 🙂 Since I am in such a good mood, I think I’ll share one of my favorite scenes from the movie, Dead Poet’s Society: enjoy 😉