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Poetry Post (6 months later)

Hello all, welcome back to another blog, today’s topic is the poetry unit that the PLP cohort and I embarked on in October of this year. I have never really been a fan of most traditional poems, and I can say this unit has sort of changed my opinion on it. For this unit we had to answer our driving question of “How does our understanding of text help us understand and idea” in this situation, the word “text” referred to poetry, the class was put into groups and we answered a modified version of this question in a presentation that showcased our understanding of historical perspective. Our groups modified this question to fit our topic, my group (consisting of Caleb, Izzy, and Ruby)  modified it to “how does our understanding of text help us understand gender acceptance over time” we presented 4 different poems and each of us analyzed and broke down our interpretations of them, mine was “The manly Man” by Francis Duggan.

 

This unit we learned about different types of strutted and unstructured poetry but more importantly we learned how to understand the many ideas that poems portray. Coming into this unit I thought poetry of nothing more than “fancy words” and this has been one of the few units that has changed my opinion on a topic. Since this unit I’ve been drawn towards more Philosophical poetry as I am very interested on how other people perceive the world, I think that played into this unit nicely because one of the main themes was historical perspective.

The biggest challenge in this project for me was getting over my preconceptions of poetry, there was no real “method” on how I overcame this as it was more of a conscious dilemma. Needless to say I did get over it and I think that my presentation went pretty well, another challenge would be handing in the more minor milestones during this project, including this blog post. I can’t honestly recall all the details of this unit as I am writing this 3 months after the project ended (I genuinely did think I had already written this post but in reality, I had written 173 words). The biggest success for this project was probably our final presentation, I have never been scared of public speaking and I have always been fairly decent at it, i was also pretty confident with my own and the rest of my groups analysis of the poems.

Overall this unit wasn’t my strongest but also not my weakest this year, I am happy that it got me into poetry. Moving forward, I know that I need to focus more on the little things, I do think that I am getting better but I’m no where near where I could be at currently, with all that being said, it is time for this post to come to a close, as always thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day/evening.

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Romeo & Juliet (yay)

New unit, new blog, you already know how this goes, this time around myself and the rest of the PLP 10 “class” were tasked with studying Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet” and then presenting a one man/women parody of a Romeo and Juliet scene to show the timeless nature of said play. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of shakespeare’s works going into this project, and I’m happy to say that my opinion hasn’t really changed, on the other hand, I enjoyed this project a lot and I think this is probably the project I’ve done the best on this year (although that isn’t saying much)

You can watch the final presentation here:

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We started this unit off with making paragraphs about why we study shakespeare, after that we got to watch 2 film versions of Romeo and Juliet which were very funny, along with that we read the play as well, during that time we made TWIL blog posts, which I did not enjoy, you will be astounded with how hard it is to find those TWIL posts on my blog. Those TWIL posts were definitely the lowest point for me in this project as I did not do them. After the TWIL posts we made an essay answering some sort of driving question about Romeo and Juliet, my question was “Harold Bloom (a Shakespearean scholar) describes the play as ‘a vision of an uncompromising mutual love that perishes of its own idealism and intensity’. Explain the accuracy of this statement” overall, I think my essay definitely could’ve been a lot better given more time but it came out alright.

 

For the final stretch of the project we had to write and present our parodys, my little “twist” on the play was just making all the characters sock puppets and stupid. I think as a parody this worked really well because it was a lot easier to portray the flaws of characters like Romeo through comedic fashion. I also think it answered the driving question well enough and most of all this project has been a big improvement from most of the other ones this year, I still have the same problems and I feel as if I have been repeating myself in these blog posts, but ultimately I believe this project was an improvement. So with all that being said, as always, thanks for reading and have a good rest of your day/evening.

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