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.
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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