Author Archives: Rhiannon Damm

Fragments

When I read Armantrout’s “New” for the first time I had no idea where to start. For me that poem was too fragmented to even begin to see the message that he was trying to convey. I think these fragmented … Continue reading

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Nigel Jenkins

I was just looking up engaged poets and i came across a very interesting article about Nigel Jenkins: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/nigel-jenkins-politically-engaged-and-outspoken-poet-whose-work-often-landed-him-in-trouble-with-the-officials-he-meant-to-offend-9124685.html In the article it talks about how in his life he thought it was his duty as a Welshman it was … Continue reading

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Bernstein

I did the third question for the homework about Bernstein and “meaningful engagement”. I think his views on art, namely poetry, being an important factor in making moral decisions is valid. However, I definitely don’t think that for a poem … Continue reading

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I was reading an article in the LA times (http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/27/local/me-16847) about slam poetry and there was a brief section in the middle that talked about the genre’s criticism that I found pretty interesting “But the genre has drawn criticism from … Continue reading

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Slammed

I think sometimes Slam Poetry has a bit of a darker tone associated with it. Poets will write about things they’re passionate about to make the reading dramatic and the audience engaged. These things most of the time might be … Continue reading

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Jokes vs. Poetry

I was thinking about how in class we discussed how jokes are funny to certain groups. In the excerpt from the Ted Cohen he talked about pure and conditional jokes. I think this is the main difference between Poetry and … Continue reading

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Confessional Poetry

We talked about how Sharon Olds is a confessional poet in class and because I really enjoyed all the poems we had read by her I decided to look up a few more short confessional poems: Dream Song 1 John Berryman … Continue reading

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Traveling

I found this quote from Billy Collins that I thought was definitely present in all of the poems we had read. “In a poem, I want the reader to have the sensation that they’ve traveled,” says Collins. “At the end … Continue reading

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