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Introduction To Annotating And Analyzing Poems
Welcome to the third article in the series of learning how to annotate and analyze poetry. If you stumbled across this article first, you can scroll below to read the first and second articles that helped get us to this point.
How To Analyze A Haiku
The question kept coming up, Why does Vocal keep putting out haiku challenges? Three writers on Vocal of note certainly queried recently: sleepy drafts in “Why Haiku?”, MikeyDred in “Plague of Haiku”, and Scott Wade in “The Anarchy of a Haiku Challenge” (article links below).
Introduction To Annotating Poems
Many students dislike reading poetry, let alone analyzing it, because they think they do not understand the art form or what the poem means. So, before we get into how to annotate a poem (or find meaning in a poem), let’s first look at what “poem” means and then what “annotation” means.
She emerged from the waves, dazzling like Bo Derek in 10. Two long tendrils instead of braids. This young woman fell into the category of modern. Postmodern, even, or whatever comes after that. Streaks of neon green and highlighter orange caressed her coiffe, accented by shiny trinkets and beads. Her body a radiant tan, with her full sleeve of tattoos still highly visible. Skin hydrated by the ocean resembled stretched canvas waiting for an artist to come along and finish the masterpiece. Her slender waist became emphasized by the seductive curves of her front and back.
Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
The three appeals of argument go by several names. Often times they are simply called "the three appeals." But some people call them the three appeals of argument, persuasive appeals, modes of persuasion, and three persuasive audience appeals, to name a few. The most telling of these names is "The Aristotelian Appeals" which gives a clue as to the origins of the appeals. The three appeals were posited by the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
Parables, Miracles, Humankind, The Divine
There is something intriguing about the Bible. Forever holding the rank of the most sold book, there is good reason. Whether one believes in God or not, scripture pervades everyone’s life even if they are not aware. Many common sayings, especially about positivity, success, wealth, and so on were and are taken directly from scripture.
Your New Year Already Sucks
It’s my most favorite time of the year. And, no, I am not referring to Christmas, even though it just passed. The beginning of a new year is ripe with memes of failure. If you follow any of the popular success coaches or influential promoters of how to obtain wealth, you will know that failure is a key component of success. Because failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is good, great even. However, it’s only beneficial if you learn from it. Apply it. Adapt and revise. After all, doing the same thing over and over expecting different result is the definition of insanity. While I am not a big proponent of “New Year’s Resolutions,” I do thoroughly believe in having goals and direction.