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24 September, 2011

I Can Write Poetry

Filed under: I can write poetry — csa1 @ 0:01

1. I study a poem.

       What is Music to You ? written by Duke Ellington in 1973

A poem by Duke Ellington

What is music to you?
What would you be without music?
Music is everything.
Nature is music (cicadas in the tropical night).
The sea is music.
The wind is music.
Primitive elements are music, agreeable or discordant.
The rain drumming on the roof,
And the storm raging in the sky are music.
Every country in the world has its own music,
And the music becomes an ambassador;
The tango in Argentina and calypso in Antilles.
Music is the oldest entity.
A baby is born, and music puts him to sleep.
He can’t read, he can’t understand a picture,
But he will listen to music.
Music is marriage.
Music is death.
The scope of music is immense and infinite.
It is the “esperanto” of the world.
Music arouses courage and leads you to war.
The Romans used to have drums rolling before they attacked.
We have the bugle to sound reveille and pay homage to the brave warrior.
The Marseillaise has led many generations to victories or revolutions;
It is a chant of wild excitement, and delirium, and pride.
Music is eternal,
Music is divine.
You pray to your God with music.
Music can dictate moods,
It can ennerve or subdue,
Subjugate, exhaust, astound the heart.
Music is a cedar,
An evergreen tree of fragrant, durable wood.
Music is like honor and pride,
Free from defect, damage, or decay.
Without music I may feel blind, atrophied, incomplete, inexistent.

Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress, 1973

2. I learn by heart the first part : to “…the ‘esperanto’ of the world”.

3. I complete the poem. (à la manière de …)

As Duke Ellington proceded, I replace the word  ”music” by my own hobby ( ex: dancing) and I change the comparisons (underlined nouns, verbs, adjectives).

What is …………………………. to you?
What would you be without ……………………..?

……………….. is everything.
Nature is …………………………….. (…………………………………..).
The sea is……………………….
The wind is ……………………..
Primitive elements are …………………………….., agreeable or discordant.
The rain drumming
on the roof,
And the storm raging in the sky are ………………………..

Every country in the world has its own ……………………………………,
And the ……………………………becomes an ambassador;
The tango in Argentina and calypso in Antilles.

…………………………. is the oldest entity.
A baby is born, and ……………..puts him to sleep.
He can’t read, he can’t understand a picture,
But he will listen to …………………

…………………….is marriage.
……………………..is death.
The scope of ……………………….. is immense and infinite. …/… TO BE CONTINUED

 

3. I write my own poem.

Method :

  • Theme : I choose a topic

                            ex : Nature

  • Brainstorming :  I write down about 50  words (nouns, adjectives, verbs) belonging to the lexicon of nature : I can use my own environment.

                 Trees, river, forest, branches, leaves, water, transparent, blue, green, birds, butterflies, sun,              sunbeam, sunrays, sunshine, flowers, fruit, rock, stone, moss, flaming tree, turtledove, ferns,  arums, hibiscus, coconuts, cinnamon tree, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, dasheen, yams, watermelon, cucumber,…

                    Wonderful, nice, pleasant, awful, horrible, smelly, soft, delicious, glad, sad, happy, absent-minded, …

                    Dream, wash, sleep,  wander, run, walk, sit, admire, look, hear, sing,  eat, drink,…

  • I list the words connected together or belonging to the same group :

                                            ex: river, water, blue,  transparent, rocks, stone, moss,…

                                                   forest, trees, branches, leaves, ferns, birds, butterflies, turtledove,…

                                                   smell, vanilla, nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, horrible, pleasant…

                                                   fruit, coconut, watermelon, delicious,…

                                                   vegetables, yams, dasheen, …

  •   I take the    1st group and write my first stanza, then the  2nd list , and so on…                                          
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