Aim: How can we use our passions and inspirations to write a poem?
As you all know, we have been focusing on a joint venture between your senior ELA course and Mr. Codio’s Architecture & Design course. Today, we read a poem, then listened to it performed and watched a video about the artist’s inspirations and passions on writing.
Your assignment, which is due next Monday, is to write a minimum 25-line poem that well represents you and your passions as a human being. See me for questions and further details.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” -John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society