Joseph Campbell was a literary critic who identified common features of the myths and heroic stories that permeate our culture. During our study of The Odyssey, we will be investigating Campbell's work The Hero with a Thousand Faces to contextualize events.
As we read, consider what you observed when we watched The Lord of the Rings. How does this film fit the Hero Cycle?
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Slam poetry and spoken word really hit its high point in the 90s, but it is still a vibrant and active method of interaction and poetry.
Remember this guy?
If you've already heard of concrete poetry, you probably think of it as something like the above poem. "While many readers now associate the term “concrete poetry” with poems whose outlines depict a recongnizable shape--John Hollander's collection Types of Shape, for example—the ideas behind concrete poetry are much broader. In essence, works of concrete poetry are as much pieces of visual art made with words as they are poems. Were one to hear a piece of concrete poetry read aloud, a substantial amount of its effect would be lost." (poets.org)
Consider exactly what you can do with the shape of the poem or with the image of words on a page to produce an idea. Is this a poem?
Check out UduWeb's collection of concrete and visual poetry. What do you think about these "poems?"
Ekphrasis is the process of using your writing (poetry) to verbally describe or treat a work of art. Many great writers use art as a regular influence of their writing. Here's an example by Sylvia Plath, based on the painting "The Disquieting Muses" by Giorgio de Chirico.