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 “To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
Gaston Bachelard

 

 A sudden sound, the friendly, warm lick from an expecting puppy, a cool, frech breeze on a simmering day, a quick conversation with an inspired pupil... the list can be very long.  But the concept stays the same: Poetry.

Words do not end with recalling the dictionary entry upon utterance or perception. It starts with where the reader finds him or herself, with the way we look at things. Perspective. Context.

The following categories share some of the poems we discussed in the Grade 9 and 10 classes, together with some special responses.

 

 

 

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Quoting Stephen L. Talbot ("The flood of careless, unconsidered, cheap words is the enemy of the profound word"), we sometimes take the time in class to practise condensing stories, descriptions and reflective moments to less than a 100 (or even 50!) words.  

Robert Southey said that words are like sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn, whereas Mark Twain contributed that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. 

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