9Ashbery and on
- Jun 10, 2002Yeah any Ashbery is good to go on. A favorite piece of mine from him
is called "A Wave." It's a rather long, intense journey into the
speaker's collective past through his present. Interestingly, a poem
of his entitled "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror" is a poem that
begs deconstruction, and that is the message behind the poem. Easy to
pick up on if you know the jargon.
I've taught Plath to seventh and twelfth graders--my favorite poem of
hers, "Black Rook in Rainy Weather." The seventh graders enjoyed the
poem a lot for what it was. When I taught it to tenth graders, I
taught about the poets'lives whom I was teaching. Most of them were
sad for Sylvia, and the idea of her sanity and eventual suicide made
them feel for her and her poetry. It worked.
On the other hand, when I taught these same tenth graders Richard
Cory, they questioned my intention--why I was "promoting" suicide to
a bunch of kids. They completely missed the point of that whole poem.
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