Highlighted Title : Poetry
Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry
Hearing and speaking are essential to making poems live. Poems are a physical experience. This book explains how to find your way to the heart of a poem by taking it off the page.
The authors have taught poetry succesfully with this method for many years, and now they share it beyond their own classrooms. Here is how they describe the book:
- Our chapters are as follows: Line; Sound; Rhythm; Meter; Imagery; Metaphor and Simile; Rhyme; Form; Allegory, Symbol and Allusion; Memory.
- Our first principle is that a poem is made up of lines. Although a line may not be a complete sentence, it has its own integrity. Hearing the movement of the line is the first step in hearing a poem and in speaking it. We continue with the actual sounds of words, how one hears them, and how these sounds provide meaning with emotion.
- As we bring a poem off the page and into the body, we are no longer reliant solely on the intellect in reading poems. Our bodies also understand, and our emotions both need and expect to be carried into poems. How all this works is the book’s subject matter, as chapter by chapter we explore how we listen to each element of a poem: rhythm, meter, rhyme, metaphor, form, and the like.
- We two authors have for at least two decades been exploring ways of teaching poetry by listening to the entire poem, as well as by memorizing and presenting poems aloud. We have become convinced that such an approach does greater justice to readers and to poems than page-reading alone.
- Since poems have rhythm and meter, imagery and form, and the like, we explore each subject, not so that we can simply identify, for example, a simile, but so we can see how simile works in a poem, how we can hear it as we speak a poem aloud. We strive to approach each element for its relevance to hearing and speaking poetry. Our emphasis on physicality leads to our final topic: memorizing poems. To memorize a poem means to bring it into our bodies and minds so it remains inside to continue to speak to us and we to it.
- We discuss many traditional and modern poems, whole or in part, relative to the topic at hand, such as meter or form.