19 thoughts on “Discussion 4

  1. I liked reading the poems and really enjoyed hearing it from the authors. You hear how the poem should be read. How the author intended for it to sound. It brings it to life for me. Because it is there work and you get so much more out of hearing how they read there own work. Listening to how it flows really helped me reread the poems.

    I would pick Emily Dickson “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” as the poem to have read by the author. For the reasons all ready mentioned. And mostly because she did not share her poems. I would be interested how it would sound coming from such a secluded poet.

  2. Hearing the poems from the authors gave me a visual overview of what they were talking about. It made it easier for me to understand the poem. I especially liked “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” It was fun to listen too. As for the other poem, I liked how she gave an explanation of why she wrote it and the background story.

    The other poem I would like to hear outloud is “In Response to Executive Order 9066 All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Center” by Dwight Okita. I would like to hear this poem because when I read it to myself, it does not come off to me as a poem but more of a short story. I would also like to hear why the author wrote it in a form of a thank you letter.

  3. For me, hearing the tone with which the original author reads his or her poem gives another level of depth to the experience. The emotions, the feelings, or the lack thereof, all play a vital role in creating the imagery for the audience when listening to a piece of work being read. In poetry it can be even more important as there is less time to convey the feeling of a piece then with say, a novel.

    It would be incredibly interesting to hear readings of the poems by Dickinson and other authors who passed before recordings became widely used. To hear the more classical poems being read as the author intended would give an interesting onsite to how they believed the audience should feel, and what the audience should experience for the works.

  4. Hearing poems read aloud are better than reading them to yourself in my opinion because maybe your not reading the poem correctly. I like when authors read poems with excitement or happiness it shows emotions even if its sad. I would like to hear “Not Waving but Drowning,” by Stevie Smith read aloud just because I wonder how they would read it. Would it be slow and depressing or read like it was just another day. I would also like to read “In Response to Executive Order 9066 All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Center” by Dwight Okita because it was a tough thing for his mother to go through losing her best friend over something she had no control of.

  5. I think there is a complete difference when hearing a author read their own poem. I can feel the tone and compassion in their voice. I retain information easier when I am exposed to audio information rather then reading so that can also be a reason why I loved this. I felt as if I grasp the poem in the way that the author wants me too. Poetry is hard to understand the first time around when reading. As I listened to the poems I felt as if I could gain a clear understanding of the work. I enjoyed how the author gave background information as well. I also think it is easier for me to listen to a poem because when I am reading a poem I don’t pause correctly when I should.
    If I could hear an author read their poems out loud I would want to hear Emily Dickinson’s work. She kept her work unpublished until after she had passed. I wonder how she read her poems during the time when she wrote them. Was she very compassionate about the religious things she wrote? Since she was dead before she was famous for her literary work I wonder how she would read her poems.

  6. Hearing the poems helped me to appreciate them; not so much with the T.S. Elliot poem as that one was exactly as I had imagined it was read, slowly and dripping with melancholy. Listening to his poem was like trying to shake off the cold on a winter’s day. The sadness is something that I can definitely identify with. I would like to hear Stevie Smith’s poem “Not Waving but Drowning” read aloud, just to hear where she puts in additional emphasis. It may sound like bad parenting, but I read this poem to my seven year old and he thought it was hilarious; he has a morbid sense of humor like his dad.

  7. I don’t enjoy hearing others read poetry and I didn’t enjoy hearing the author’s read their poems. I feel as though the way it is read, the reader sets the interpretation of the poem. T.S. Elliot sounded very flat to me, not with a good expression as I would have read the poem. I’m more of a visual person, so having anything read to me, I don’t comprehend as well as if I read. It is my opinion that poetry should be read as if you are experiencing what the writer has written about, the pain, the sorrow, the happiness, the elation etc.

  8. I was not fond of T.S. Elliot reading his poem. He is much to monotone and I just couldn’t finish the whole recording because it was actually getting on my nerves; it didn’t sound the way I imagined it would when I first read it, so it made me not like it. I did, however, really enjoy the way Gwendolyn Brooks read her poem. When I originally read it, I couldn’t come up with a way to enjoy it, but when I heard her, it made it come more alive. I’d really like to hear Dwight Okita read his poem because I wonder if when it gets to the dialogue part where his mother is talking to the other girl, if he’d make it sound like little girls talking, rather than just reading it in his normal voice.

    1. T.S. Elliot was very monotone. I managed to listen to the whole thing but after the first few minutes I couldn’t manage to stay focused on it. It is a very good poem but the way he read it made me thinkk that I read the whole thing wrong the first time. To me it sounded dark, maybe it was because he was so monotone. I thouroughly enjoyed Gwendolyn Brooks poem though. She seemed to give it life with her enthusiasm.

  9. By hearing the poems read by the authors we get to hear the poem as the author intended. In essence we are feeling what the author feels and seeing where the author wants us to find emphasis. Instead of just reading words that otherwise might seem pieced together there is now a story that has a lot more meaning. I would like to hear more poems from Gwendolyn Brooks, particularly “The Bean Eaters.” The poem makes little sense to me and there seems no real point to it. I would like to see where the emphasis is and what the author intended to show.

    1. I agree with you on wanting to hear that piece aloud, I found it strange. I always wonder the deeper meanings behind such abstract and seemingly foolish pieces.

  10. These two poems, read out loud, could not be more different. I enjoyed listening to both of them, for two opposite reasons. When I read the first poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, I didn’t put that much “attitude” into it. She gave it life through her tone, brought you back to her time period by her explanation of its origin, and made you smile with just her voice and poetic words. On the other hand, when I read T.S. Eliot’s poem, I must have been in a better mood because I read with a much more upbeat tone. However, when hearing his voice read this in such a serious rhythm, I couldn’t help but think about Edgar Allan Poe. This observation made me wonder if this poem is darker than I first thought.
    I would like to hear all of the poems read out loud by the author, preferably with an explanation like Gwendolyn Brooks did. Its fascinating to know what motivated them to write at the time the poem was written. Having a little more information or background about the piece can help you understand it better.

  11. I personally love listening to spoken word, being a poet myself I greatly enjoyed them. I found the styles to be very different from what I generally listen to, I didn’t greatly enjoy the pieces in and of themselves. It was different from reading them, because you can hear the emotions within the writers voices; the true interpretation of the poems are revealed.

    My personal choice to hear read aloud is, “I’m Nobody! Who Are You”, by Emily Dickens. She is, and has been a personal favorite for quite some time. I would like to hear the piece aloud, because of the raw emotions encapsulated in it. She has such a way with expressing the simple in a beautifully complex, and abstract way.

  12. Listening to “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks was great. Being able to hear her explain what inspired her, when she was inspired, and how it made her feel. It was also nice to hear it at the tempo the piece was meant to be read at. You can hear the excitement in her voice as she reads. I think listening to the poems by the author has lots of advantages. I would want to listen to Emily Dickinson’s “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”

  13. My favorite to listen to was the T.S. Eliot reading. It was great and the melancholy was clearly portrayed in the poem by the reader.
    I have a hard time reading poems out loud because I don’t know how to read them correctly. There seem to be so many rules involved with tempo and rhythm and it takes a lot of practice to make them sound how the author wanted them to sound.
    I would like to hear the poem “I Knew A Woman” by Theodore Roethke and how he would have wanted it to be read. I am fascinated by this piece and love the romance in it!

  14. I really enjoyed listening to the poems. They let me get the experience of actually hearing how they should have been read. It also gives me the chance to close my eyes, take a deep breath and really listen to them in order to visually experience them. I find it’s easier for me to understand the poetry when I can hear it being read instead of reading it myself because I have a tendacy to read over it fast and don’t actually comprehend what I’m reading. I enjoyed listening to Gwendolyn Brooks the most because she gives an explaination of why she wrote what she did and what she was thinkingand experiencing at the moment. T.S. Eliot on the other hand sounded more dark and mysterious. I would have loved to hear and of the poems by Emily Dickenson to see if she portrayed the emotion that I can imagine she was feeling when she was writing.

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