Following on from my post Robert Frost revelation, I started to think about the poetry involved in many song lyrics and when this song performed by the band Disturbed came on I had to try to analyse why it resonates with me so much. Continue reading “The Sound of Silence”
Extract from Victoria Hislop’s The Island:
“Unfurled from its mooring, the rope flew through the air and sprayed the woman’s bare arms with droplets of seawater. They soon dried, and as the sun beat down on her from a cloudless sky she noticed that her skin sparkled with intricate patterns of salty crystals, like a tattoo in diamonds. Alexis was the only passenger in the small, battered boat, and as it chugged away from the quay in the direction of the lonely, unpeopled island ahead of them she shuddered, as she thought of all the men and women who had travelled there before her.
The following is an extract from the beginning of The Road by Cormac McCarthy which will be rewritten using a first person and then a second person narrator. Continue reading “Exercise 1: The Road”
Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas was a poem that I found very hard to read however listening to Richard Burton’s recitation brought this poem alive. (There is a copy of the poem at the end of this post) This is the first time that I have experienced such a disparity between reading and listening to text. Continue reading “Exercise 3: Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas”
The closest novel I had to hand for this task was Stephen King’s The Gunslinger and so below are quotes that use each of the poetic devices. Continue reading “Exercise 2: Poetic Devices In Novels”
The Herefordshire Landscape by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Slough by John Betjeman and The Lost Land by Eavan Boland. Continue reading “Exercise 1: Ways of Seeing and Saying”
The aim of this task is to map one of our favourite novels to The Hero’s Journey. The novel I have chosen is Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (1980). My copy is part of a compilation called Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler (2007) Grand Central Publishing.
If you haven’t read Wild Seed then I strongly urge you to track down a copy as it is brilliant. It goes without saying that beyond this point, spoilers abound!