Tuesday, August 26, 2008


"No Ideas but in Things" - William Carlos Williams

Imagery is the representation of sense experience it evokes the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. It is the only way a writer can create an experience for the reader. A reader needs to live a poem.

Emotion is evoked by imagery. The sharper, more precise or more descriptive the details usually the greater the opportunity for the reader to experience the poem or the greater chance for the author to set up symbols.

Please go to this link for further discussion: http://www.readprint.com/article-5

You also might want to check out the imagist movement at the beginning of the 20th century. This movement left a large impact on how poets looked at imagery and poetry. Go here


Today's Class:

Discuss "After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost.

I want to discuss how this poem could refer to the craft of writing. Ah - a different interpretation.

FInish: "What is Poetry"- particularly looking at "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "In a Station at the Metro"
Notes; Imagery

HW: Read chapter on "Symbolism and Allegory" page 807-817. Answer questions on the poem "The Road Not Taken" and write a response to the poem as to what you believe it means.