Finding Beauty in Poetry

Poetry is like a diamond in the rough

Moving from overseas makes it harder to grasp new ideas. Not speaking English before moving causes it to be even more difficult to understand. It is poetry. Poetry is unique in its own sense that even native speakers struggle to comprehend it. Well, to me it was gibberish and gobbledegook until I challenged myself and took an Advanced Placement (college-level) literature class. In the class, we had to design a poetry portfolio filled with poems from all eras. Secondly, we had to pick one poem and contrive a project that elicits its meanings and themes. From a list of fifty poems, only one was able to amend my narrow-minded brain about poetry. "I wondered lonely as a cloud" by the greatest William Wordsworth is the only poem that forced me to appreciate poetry and feel its awe.

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Wordsworth’s amazing poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” is a lyrical poem unlike any other due to its profound feelings and emotions. The plot-line of it concerns a flashback that Wordsworth has from a memory with his sister when they were walking near a lake at Grasmere, England. The poem certainly is a literary presentation of nature’s beauty, but it also presents the awing effect of nature on Wordsworth himself. Due to these facts, I incorporated awing nature scenes that perhaps might produce the same visual effects along with snippets of daffodils in an open field. And since the poem is a lyric, I decided to rhyme it and sing it along with an inspiring music piece by The Secret Garden group, “The Promise.” Wordsworth uses a great deal of imagination in his poem; like when he says “tossing their heads in sprightly dance,” and “they out-did the sparkling waves in glee.” My project highlights significant literary aspects by mimicking the same imagery that Wordsworth uses in his poem through the inclusion of daffodils, hills, and lakes. Also, singing the poem portrays the euphony and lyrical aspect that the poem possesses. Finally, in order to make sure that my audience understands the theme of the poem, I decided to repeat,

“And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils,”

after each stanza as a chorus for the song because these two lines of the poem highlight the Romantic aspect and thematic sense of it.



A note to the reader:

I never thought that I can enjoy a poem as much as I enjoyed singing and rhyming "I wandered lonely as a cloud." Please don't be over-critical about my voice; I am not a singer nor do I intend to be one. I just wanted to share the fact that doing this project is what inspired me to appreciate poetry more than I did before. I really do hope that you enjoyed my project! Tell me your opinion in the poll to the right :)

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Lovely! Well done.


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LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you sooo much anndavis25! I really appreciate you stopping by :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Excellent project. I have always loved that poem, and aspire to be such a lyrical poetry writer - a very long way to go. Ha. Voted up, awesome across the board on this one. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Bravo, well done.

I love the video with the daffodils and the beautiful scenery, and your voice is lovely.


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LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you very much, Faith Reaper! Good luck on writing your own lyrical poetry :) Blessings!

Tobusiness, I really appreciate you stopping by! Thanks a lot :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I applaud your effort. Beautifully done.


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LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Jackie, thank you soo much!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

LailaK, you've done really well. I will show your project to my youngest daughter for future inspiration. What a great idea to merge the poem with music the way you did. Just one little helpful note, perhaps you might edit your hub to change the spelling to 'wandered' - but don' t bother changing the spelling on your video because it is just great and most people probably won't notice the spelling.

Well done. You should be proud.


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

LongTimeMother, I am very glad you enjoyed the poem! Your comment made my day. Thank you!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Hi Laila,

I left you a message on 'I am a teen' and you gave a great response. That was 9 months ago, it would seem.

All you thoughts seem to be moving in an aesthetic or sublime way. As such it may help you to visit my poems. Also read the piece or two pieces I wrote about The Art of Poetry and The Esoteric or Aesthetic poet.

My love poems are mostly addressed to Something Higher. Read these also. Then come back to me. 19 as yet?

Your video is struggling to load. Must be me. God's peace be with you and yours.

P.S Do not be pushed. Whatever makes you weak, reject like poison. If you can, always walk from a lesser to a greater Light. You will stumble. No bad thing. Get up and try again. Peace.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Hi manatita44,

I am so sorry for the super late response! I actually haven't been checking my Hubpages account for a while, but gladly I'm back! Thank you greatly for your kind words! I really appreciate your comment! I dropped by your page and read some of your poetry. I gotta admit, you are beyond AMAZING!

Best,

Laila


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Thank you so much. I write to serve. If I can inspire in any way, then I am happy. I wish you God's peace.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

You are certainly an inspiration! I hope I can write anything to the near level of yours!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Practice,practice, practice ... feel that everything comes not from you but from Something Higher. You are only an instrument. Then eventually, all will be well.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I definitely shall!

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