Posted by Johan Standar on 10th December 2013
In english class we did presentation about a poem that we took from poetry 180. I looked at the poem called Forgotten Planet. In the presentation, you have to write about three different quotations and make a creative response to the poem. the creative response can be anything creative that you yourself has created. This blog post is going to talk about 4 different people’s presentation. I am going to look at Megan, Spencer, Zerric and Mario.
Megan did a presentation about the poem Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale. Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale is a poem made by Jane Yolen. The poet renames all of the disney princesses to sound more fat (Eg.Cinder Elephant, Snow Weight, ETC) which is intriguing. This is intriguing because it gives hilarity to the poem and the disney princesses themselves. Also the poet sounds like she is hiding something she knows. This poem is telling us that no matter how you are, you should be confident. The creative response Megan made was a picture book. The picture book is about a princess that is fat. The creative response shows that it does not matter if you are fat, you just have to be yourself.
Spencer did a presentation about the poem The Bagel. The bagel is a poem made by David Ignatow. At first, the poem is talking about how quickly one person can get caught up and start to get annoyed. For instance, in The Bagel, The protagonist is annoyed at the fact that he dropped the bagel, and usually, bagels are foods that you eat while walking. Near the end of the poem, it shows us how fast one person can switch emotions and be annoyed at first then turn the annoying aspect into something fun. This poem is adding some humor to something boring. The bagel being boring and the poem gives you a feeling of chasing it, like a Charlie Chaplin movie. The creative response that spencer made was another poem. Spencer’s poem is about emotion, adding to the first poem.
Zerric did a presentation about the poem A Man I Knew. A Man I Knew is a poem made by Margaret Levine. The title A Man I Knew shows that the poem is talking about someone that the protagonist used to know, like an ex-husband or ex-Boyfriend. The word “Condo” in the poem shows that the person is rich. Also, it is talking about kids floating, but in reality, kids do not float. The line in the end is an interesting simile, as boats do not float as well, and it would be more visual to say “like a could” instead of “like a boat”. The poem seems like we only have parts of the poem, and the main important part is missing and we have to fill in the gap. Zerric’s creative response was a drawing. The drawing represents the girl (protagonist) wants to go back in time to meet the person she knew.
Mario did a presentation about the poem Turtle. Turtle is a poem made by Kay Ryan. The poem explains that the only good thing about turtle is the patience they have. The line “her shell into a serving dish” shows that even when you die you can still be useful to other people. The poem explains how the turtles hope is to do something simple. Something simple as getting past a slope. The creative response that mario made was a drawing. The drawing was of an old lady. Mario did this because he wanted to show how no matter how old someone is, they try their absolute hardest and get past challenges, whereas the turtle struggles to overcome the challenge.