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  • 1.Poetryand Drama --and dragons! ELE 616 Readings and Research in Childrens Literature Fall 2008

2. Young Adult Librarian Dewey on poetry June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 3. Dewey and poetry 2 June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 4. More Dewey and poetry June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 5. What is Poetry? 6.

  • Poetry
    • Poetry (ancient Greek: (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose.
      • fromWikipedia , the free encyclopedia

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 7. What is poetry?

  • What is poetry?
    • Poetry really has no one set definition. Shadow Poetry defines poetry as the art of writing thoughts, ideas, and dreams into imaginative language which can contain verse, pause, meter, repetition, and rhyme.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 8. How poets have defined it

  • Heres how some famous poets define poetry:
    • The best words in the best order.
      • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • The record of the best and happiest moments of the best and happiest minds.
      • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that it is poetry.
      • Emily Dickinson
    • Poetry is the spontaneousoverflow of powerful feelings.
      • William Wordsworth

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama What is poetry? 9. A poetical answer

  • What is Poetry?: A Non-Lecture
    • What is poetry? Love lie with me, and I will tell. Poetry a lawless enterprise. Poetry the truth that reveals all lies. Poetry a camera-eye without a shutter. Poetry, unlike armchair philosophy, does not leave the world unchanged.
      • Selection:What is Poetry? Rough Draft of an ARS POETICA Delivered, on the occasion of his receiving The Frost Medal, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 10. More Poetry Thoughts

  • 12-year old Katies thoughts on poetry fromTrue to Formby Elizabeth Berg:
    • If you see a sunset and try and describe it to someone in normal words, all you can say is, Boy, I saw a great sunset last night. But if you are a poet, you can give it to someone to feel for themselves. Like you make a little seed of what you saw, they swallow it, and it blooms again inside their own heart.
    • . . . then there is the scritch scritch of my pen, trying to say something so true. What if it works? Then when I read it again, the little voice inside will say, Yes. Yes. Yes.
      • FromPoetry Thinks. . .by Kristine O'ConnellGeorge

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 11.

    • The Poetry Foundation, publisher ofPoetrymagazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
    • PoetryMagazine . Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912,Poetryis the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 12. Sponsored by Poetry Foundation June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 13.

  • Welcome to poetry.org
    • Poetry.org is a resource site for poetry and poets. Here you can learn about thehistory, meaning, and typesof poetry, as well astermsoften used when reading and studying poetry. There is also theresource page : a series of links to various poetry sites for daily poetry, poetry organizations, poet biographies, and more. And there is our selection of poetry from variousfamous poets , includingWilliam Shakespeare ,Robert Frost ,Emily Dickinson , ande e cummings .

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 14.

    • The Academy of American . . . administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; andPoets.org , our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 15. June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 16. Other poetry websites June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 17. A poet who wrote a load of nonsense

    • Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: A Little Nonsense
    • Edward Lear, Limericks, and Nonsense: There Once Was

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 18. Shel Silverstein June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 19. Jack Prelutsky, the nations firstChildrens Poet Laureate

  • Never Poke Your Uncle With a Fork
    • For yearsJack Prelutskyhas been known informally as a poet laureate for kids. Now the Poetry Foundation has made it official, naming him thenations first Childrens Poet Laureateand putting a prestigious stamp of approval onthe man and his work.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama Jack Prelutsky, poet and chocolate-chip cookie aficionado, features 17 poems all about school in his bookWhat a Day It Was at School!(Greenwillow, 2006).Jack Prelutsky by Lee Bennett Hopkins from 20. Poetry lessons June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama ReadWriteThinkPoetry Lessonsfor Writing Workshop ReadWriteThink Poetry Lessons for the Secondary Classroom 21. Whats the use of poetry?

  • Can Poetry Really Change the World?
    • . . . there are those, including myself, who believe in poets as the antennae of the race, as the conscience of society, or at least as Jack Kerouac said, the great rememberer redeeming life from darkness. The greatest poets greatest lines have entered mass consciousness, and they are great precisely because they have continued to resonate in our lives today.
      • Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Poetry As News

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 22. What makes good childrens poetry?

  • Three elements of good childrens poetry:
    • an emphasis on form
    • a not too elaborate grammatical and narrative complexity
    • a reasonable familiarity and established place in the language.
    • Its worth noticing, however, that this has the harsh consequence that children are unable to write good childrens verseand we make a mistake when we demand they do so.
      • J. Bottum,What Childrens Poetry is For American Educator , Fall 1997.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 23. Dragons in poetry

  • Im a Nasty, Nasty Dragon Im a nasty, nasty dragon,I've been nasty since my birth. When it comes to nasty dragons, I'm the nastiest on earth. I've a nasty nasty temper, And my breath is nasty too, I was nasty to my parents, I'll be nastier to you.
    • Stanza 1 from Jack Prelutskys poem.The rest of the poem is in the anthologyThe Dragons are Singing Tonight (1993)

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama Dragon PoemsDragon Poetry 24. More Dewey and Poetry June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 25. What is a poetry slam, anyway? June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 26. An organization for poetry slams

  • What is Poetry Slam, Inc.?
    • Poetry Slam, Inc. is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international coalition of poetry slams. Though slams are maintained in a growing number of cities by local volunteer organizers, the vast majority of slam series follow the rules established by the governing body, and are certified by the governing body as slams that adhere to the vision slam's founders established for the art form over a decade ago.

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 27. What about Drama? 28. What is drama?

  • What is drama?
    • Drama is an Ancient Greek word meaning act or deed. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle used this term in a very influential treatise called thePoetics . In this text, Aristotle classified different forms of poetry according to basic features he thought could be commonly recognised in their composition. He used the term drama to describe poetic compositions that were acted in front of audiences in atheatron .

June 5, 2009 Poetry and Drama 29. What about theatre?

  • What is theatre?
    • Theatre is a living art.Theatre is storytelling at its most magical. Theatre is reality.Theatre is fantasy.Theatre is the expression of the human condition in its myriad forms throughout history.Theatre is experimentation.Theatre is problem-solving, and Theatre is fun.
      • BA in Theatre Major/Minor