Comparing Poetry and Ads

We’ve just started our new english unit which focuses on how the use of language ‘move’ people. So far we’ve analysed three poems and one Greenpeace advertisement. The two main things i’ll be talking about is comparing the text and visual language of poetry/ads.

Techniques such as slogans, imperatives, and hyperboles change someone’s opinion or feeling. However, the way they are used can be even more effective. For example, the use of space and colour. You might be thinking how these two are connected but it actually is.
In poetry, a sentence can be placed on its own, and even though you can’t see actual colours; if you carefully read it, they start to appear like word pictures. In advertisements, the colour used are easy to see and the use of space is also very clear.

The difference is that it is easier to understand advertisements than poems. This is because a poem can have many different meanings depending on how someone looks at it as. However, ads are more straightforward and have a certain idea. This is usually because an ad is made for people to easily recognise. But a poem is something like a puzzle. You have to look deeper into the context.

In conclusion, there are many things common between advertisements and poems.


Just another rock song…

We; Vuka and I, have just finished our rock song for music class. The audio below is the song we made:

First of all, there were some challenges during the project. Personally, I was holding back on commenting on Vuka’s opinion and hesitated before I was going to say something. I tried to include Vuka’s opinion and let her work on the song because a problem that usually happens when you pair up with someone is one being the leader, and the other one being the follower. As we were working on the song more, we got closer and was able to be honest and directly say our opinion. But we didn’t forget to also listen to each other and discuss what’s wrong.

A problem Vuka and I had was forgetting one of the most important part of a song which was the melody. After we realised that, we quickly recorded our melody which was improvised. In result, we were very pleased because the melody and the background matched well together. However, it was clear that each section was separated and didn’t quite link together. So this is what we could improve on next time, to listen carefully and look for the smallest mistakes.

Overall, it was exceedingly great listening to other people’s rock songs because I was able to find out the difference between different groups and their own personal rock song. What I like the most is how our songs gives out a 50s vibe. This is because we had a different style comparing to others. Overall, I couldn’t have completed the song without the help of my friend.