October 28, 2007
For the mapping assignment I choose to map 'The Lightning is a yellow Fork" by Emily Dickinson. When I first started my mapping, I tried to just start out by making something in iMovie, which turned out to be highly unsuccessful, due both to my lack of knowledge of how to use iMovie, but mostly because I didn't have a direction to follow. I plan to post what I made that first time, so a contrast can be made between the two clips, because it is interesting to see, even for myself, the progression that I made. After realizing that my approach was the wrong one, I needed to start out with a new strategy.
When I tried again to do my "Mapping," I sat down with "The Lightning is a yellow Fork," in front of me and wrote down all of the ideas that came to mind next to each line of the poem as I read. Below I share all of my thoughts, what I did in my map, what I tried to do and couldn't, but most importantly the thoughts that the poem invoked in me and my justification for making my map as I did.
I should also explain that if there was one important realization I came to, it was that my map of the poem might make complete sense to someone else, or no sense at all, so this is the best way to describe how the poem should be mapped as I see it.
The Lightning is a yellow Fork
The Lightning is a yellow Fork
From Tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropt
The awful Cutlery
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The Apparatus of the Dark
To ignorance revealed.
When I read the poem, I immediately see two different parts, both physically and in the meaning of the poem. At first the focus for me was on the title and the first part of the poem, 'The Lightning is a yellow Fork.' I kept focusing on this, and thinking that this was just a poem about lightning, mostly because thats what it said in the title. Not until I read the 2nd part of the poem, and thought about what was being described did what the poem was about surface. The 'Lightning' is something that we see here on earth, it comes from the sky, and is 'dropt' onto the earth, and can literally function as 'Cutlery,' cutting through anything that it comes in contact with. But this isn't the only thing the poem is about, the more important part is where the lightning comes from. Who's fingers' are dropping this lightning from the sky?
The 2nd part of the poem describes this. The mansions never quite disclosed and never quite concealed is something that we can see, but don't know a lot about. The 'Lightning' is the 'Apparatus of the Dark' 's revealing itself, the apparatus is what is dropping the lightning, it is what is up in the sky.
The map starts out showing lightning, coming down from the sky. The poem is that the lightning is a yellow fork, since this is the color that is traditionally attributed to lightning. For this reason I chose lightning that had a purple hue to contrast the color that we normally associate with lightning. The subsequent pictures are of a cloud that looks like a table, ie 'tables in the sky,' or where the lightning comes, and a hand that looks as if something has slipped out of its fingers. I felt that the picture of the table was excellent to describe where the lightning comes from, because with clouds they are looked at with a sort of mysterious aspect, since we can't see anything except what is on the surface, and certainly cannot see what is on the top fo the clouds, very similar to looking at the bottom of a table, if you were much smaller than the table. The next picture is another bolt of lightning that is striking through the sky to one point, possibly 'forking' something. Once again I chose a picture of lightning with a color other than yellow.
After this is a picture of the earth that is slightly hidden, its not completely revealed and is also hidden by the words. The picture is looking at the earth because this is where the controller of the lightning is coming from. The 'Apparatus of the Dark' is shown in the next picture, fittingly a picture of a nebula which to many can be imagined to be a creature out in space, in a sea of darkness. the final picture is one of the human with the brain exposed, and in place of the brain is a starfield, this ties the apparatus of dark back to the 'ignorance' to which its being revealed.
Posted by ndjames at October 28, 2007 11:35 PM