Techniques of Appreciating Poetry
What is poetry?
* Poetry is the creativity of a person's imagination.
* It is nothing but rhythmical, imaginative language expressing the invention, taste, thought, passion, and insight of the human soul. * Like any other literary work, poetry needs to be understood to be appreciated. * The writer writes for a reason.
* The purpose may be to evoke emotion, inform, define, represent something of the world or life, and to entertain. * Whatever the case, a poem is unique to its writer. And each poem can be analyzed to be appreciated. Here are some general ideas that may help one to acknowledge the beauty of the poem: Techniques of Poetry Appreciation:
1. Subject Matter
* What is the poem about?
* It talks about the general outline of the poetry.
* It could be a person, an object, a place, an event, a situation or an experience. * What does the poet want you to focus on, in the poem or in each stanza? Answer:
It is a dedication to the humble tomato, which is readily available to us at the grocery store or in our refridgerator.
Once you have identified the subject of the poem, try and figure out what the poet wants to tell you. Look at the following: * the poet's message
* his purpose
* the ideas that he is conveying
* the title;
* What was the poet’s purpose or motive writing the poem? * What is the central idea of the poem?
Always remember that feeling and tone work hand-in-hand with the subject & theme.
* The theme of this poem is that you must learn to embrace the usual things in life that are often seen as dull, and find the beauty within them.
* People must respect everything in life, no matter how insignificant it may seem
* Pablo expresses his love towards tomatoes.
* The title of this poem is “Ode to Tomatoes” which is a dedication to the underappreciated but beautiful things throughout life. 3. Moods, Emotions and Experiences
* What is the predominating mood of the poem?
* Is it the poet flippant, sad, happy, dignified, angry, contemplative, or satirical? * Does the mood change?
The poet changes the subject when speaking about different types of food: first tomatoes, then parsley, and oil.
The poet changes the mood as he talks about different occasions: Summer feeling (mild, intense)
Weddings (happy, bright)
* What are some of the feelings expressed by the poet?
* What feelings does the poet arouse in you?
* Does the poet succeed in conveying his emotions in you?
* Man & Nature- This poem describes the relationship between man and a tomato. * Man v/s Man- This poem also describes societies view on mundane things. The tomatoes can be seen as representing people. It shows people’s different opinions and perspectives of others.
* Are the poet’s words appropriate and valid?
* What emotions are built up around certain words?
The words that are used and the way they are placed can enhance the power of the poet's creativity.
"Red viscera" = Guts (Violent).
"Fiery colour" = Vibrant, passionate.
"Bubble vigorously" = Aggressive, Enthusiasm.
"Hemispheres" = Makes a tomato seem large and monumental.
There are various ways to paint a picture in the reader's mind through the use of words.
* What are the symbolic or figurative devices used in the poem? * What effect is produced by the use of various figures of speech---metaphors, similes, personification? * Are the images visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, olfactory or gustatory.
"Summer light is halved like a tomato" = Day parted in half, it is noon. “Summer- light is halved like a tomato” is a simile comparing the time of day to a tomatoes half, meaning that it is noon.
"Tomato invades the kitchen" = Tomatoes are everywhere.
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