Once again, I can't really remember what we did this week. My group discussed two things: paintings and poetry. That pretty much sums up the week, I suppose.
Earlier in the week- frankly, I don't remember which day- we watched a TED talk on creating stories based on works of art. This was a really interesting TED talk. At first I didn't really see how this related to literature; I saw this mostly as a way to connect with artwork. The more I think about it, though, I can see how it relates to literature. Literature is, in fact, a type of art, and, as such, can be interpreted in much the same way as, say, a painting. When we read, we are intrigued by what is not factually expressed, we fill in these gaps with our own thoughts or interpret works according to what they mean to us. My group worked with "Girl with a Pearl Earring," and it was really interesting how differently we all saw it and what stories we came up with. This is what really allows us to connect with art, and that is kind of the point of the TED talk. If we look at literature in this light, we can better understand how we should be reading, how we should be thinking, and that our interpretations and filling-in matters.
So that was paintings. This week I learned how paintings relate to literature, so that's something. The other part of this week was poetry- more specifically, really sad poetry.
Our poem of the week this week was "Elegy in X Parts." Just from the title, you could tell this poem was a sad one. It was also an extremely good one. I really enjoyed working with this poem, as sad as it was, because it was really beautiful and powerful. There was so much emotion and power. The more we worked with it, the more I saw how the little tiny elements of of it added to this power. I liked that. We also read sad poems, often about death, at the beginning of class everyday so that was fun.
I'm confused this week because I thought we were going to be working with elements of fiction, but we didn't even talk about them. That's ok, though, I liked paintings and poetry better.