September 23, 2007
Eng240 Pattern ID
As the “Origins of poetry, music, and dance” article indicates, sounds made by early hominids provided a foundation for the arrival of spoken human language. Different sounds and alarm cries may have represented the caller’s needs and eventually became a way to communicate and issue warnings among their kin. The idea of meaning being expressed in these sounds reminds me of the way poets use metaphor today. Meaning is encoded in a primate’s sounds much in the same way that meaning is derived from the way a poet uses metaphor to communicate. As sounds and metaphor become symbols for something else, the primate and poet become storytellers.
When thinking about the existing poetic form, the way in which society recorded culture and life during pre-historic times must also be brought to attention. For instance, cuneiform script and hieroglyphics may have given rise to the language we read and write ourselves. As stated in the “History of Poetry” article, the oldest surviving poem: the Epic of Gilgamesh, was written in cuneiform script in 3000 BC. The illustrative-like quality of cuneiform may have even influenced the way poets use imagery today. The illustrative-like quality of cuneiform may have even influenced the way poets use imagery today. The visually appealing appearance of this ancient text may have influenced the tradition of visual imagery in poetry.The process in which the poem has been trasnformed from an ancient form into English leads me to believe that each generation has taken on the responsibility of decoding and then retelling it in the next appropriate way.
September 17, 2007
Video poems have the ability to combine many kinds of language systems (i.e. visual, tactile, olfactory systems). “Bubbling” posted by Professor Moss is a combination of both visual and sonic systems. Its interesting to me to explore the concept of bubbling through many systems that are occurring simultaneously. Hearing the words “bubbling,” and seeing words such as “eggs” and “crack” allow the viewer to experience the significance of the poem on many levels. Multiple literary devices allow multiple rhythms to co-exist. I think these “rhythms,” are what Professor Moss classifies as rhythms of the human body. That is, when a poem is presented in another way, and not only on paper, we are engaging in it fully because all of our senses are involved.