The Well Dressed Man with a Beard
The reason I chose the poem “The Well Dressed Man with a Beard” (By Wallace Stevens), was because... Well, honestly there was no reason. I opened up a poetry book and decided to open it at random and do whichever poem was on the page. I thought it would be a good challenge. Plus, when I read the title, I knew that poem was SO me. Because I’m totally well dressed… and beardy. The only problem I had with picking a poem at random like that was that it was tough for me to figure out the meaning to that particular poem, and therefore, it was tough to present. I didn’t really understand the “feel” of the poem, and how to convey what Mr. Stevens was saying…because well, I didn’t exactly know what he was saying. This was very frustrating, so I put the poem to rest for a couple weeks. Doing so definitely didn’t get me a very good presentation mark. Next time, instead of being stubborn and insisting on doing the first poem I find, I’ll look for one I can understand better. Understanding the poem=Not getting frustrated at poem=Not not working on it (double negative, I know.)=Better presentation=Better marks= Happy student and happy teacher. One other problem I had was the ancient working that I’m not yet used to, so I had to look up a ton of words such as “Aureole” and the line “Douce campagna.” Minor quibbles, but again, next time I’ll pick a more suited poem for myself. Like I mentioned earlier, I had a really tough time grasping the concept of this poem. From what I grasp, the poem is without the negatives, you can’t have the positives. Examples of why I think this are: “After the final no, there comes a yes” “No is the night, yes is the present sun” “the things denied… one thing that was firm” Mr. Stevens uses a lot of opposites in the poem, so that’s one reason I theorized that meaning. I really don’t have a clue what this poem’s meaning is. That’s the process of learning though, right? Trying, failing, but still, learning. I also...
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