February 26, 2007

There's something concrete about this

As I finished reading this essay this evening I couldn't help but think about appropriate it was that I was reading this essay tonight. I know that Concrete Poetry is something different from Iconic Poetry but I like to think that they are extremely similar and today Jay taught his lesson in our Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Lab on Concrete Poetry. (I'm also thinking of another lesson taught by another student on proper keyboarding styles and how I'm really not following her instructions very well at the moment.) Just something I thought I would share with the class.

Now on to the article. This essay really had me thinking about how many similarities there are between Concrete Poetry and Iconic Poetry. The line that really had me thinking this was when Brann was discussing out poetry and art come together. She said, "Indeed, there is no purer way of insuring that poetry will be strictly picture-like than to make it speak about a picture." I couldn't help but think how true that statement is. When one writes a concrete poem he or she write it with a particular image in mind. The words and the image then come together to create one ultimate image. This is similar in iconic poetry because the poetry, while not exactly in the form of the piece of work it is describing, puts words to a picture that can otherwise be silent. I thought that this point was defended well through all of the different cases of iconic poetry and I thought that she defended the reality of the idea behind "poetry is like a picture" very well also.

As I study literature, I am amazed at how much everything seems to build upon each other and share aspects of each other as well. For instance, how mimesis has aspects of formalism illustrated in this essay by the discussion on the second to last line in the poem. This discussion also has a bit of authorial intent mixed in. It's all starting to make sense, but just a little bit.

Brann, ''Pictures in Poetry: Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at February 26, 2007 9:59 PM | TrackBack

You're right, Tiffany! We are constantly blending together our skills of author intent and historical readings to further understand whatever we're currently working on, but at least we're finding relevance :) I think it's tough to sometimes just take what the author intends to be the concrete image and not ruin it with our own feelings.

Posted by: Erin at February 28, 2007 2:18 PM
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