The Poetry of Song Lyrics

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: General Information | Tags: , , |

We will be covering a unit on poetry in the near future, but before we begin I’d love to get a conversation going about some of your favorite song lyrics. Below are a few excerpts from some of my favorites.  Please respond to them or post your own favorites.

Miss Morris  🙂

 

In the rain,

The pavement shines like silver.

All the lights,

Are misty in the river.

-from “On My Own” from the musical Les Miserables 

I chose these lines because I think the simile comparing the pavement to silver is beautiful and it creates a vivid image in my mind when I read the lines. MM

Moving in silent desperation

Keeping an eye on the Holy Land

A hypothetical destination

Say, who is this walking man? 

-from “Walking Man” by James Taylor

In these lines, I especially love the concept of a “hypothetical destination.”  What does that mean? MM

Imagine no posessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brother hood of man

Sharing all the world 

You may say that I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one 

-from “Imagine” by John Lennon 

 

I just think that these words are so inspirational and I really like the idea of a “brotherhood of man.” MM

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“There is no such thing as writer’s block!”

Posted on February 7, 2008. Filed under: General Information | Tags: , , |

 

“There is no such thing as writer’s block!”

Tips that will help you get “unstuck” when writing:

 

Be organic!

– Your best writing is what comes most naturally to you…if you are stuck for a topic or don’t like what you are writing…change it. You may come back to your orginal idea anyway.

– If you don’t know what to write at all…then write that! It is okay to get started with a list, or other brainstorming activities. Sometimes those things turn in to the best pieces.

 

Use your resources:

– “Interview” friends and family about your topic – react in your writing to what they said or run with the new ideas and see where they take you.

– Search your subject, genre, or idea online – see what others have already written about it

– Look up words you have already written in the dictionary and discuss their meanings

 

Go back to previous writing-

-Use your seed entries from other pieces

-Re-examine lists and topics that you have worked on before and see if they inspire new ideas

-Revise something – you may change it so radically that it becomes an entirely new piece

-Change your angle – write about a subject you have written before and look at it a different way

– Lift a line from what you just wrote and make it the first line on a new page and see where it takes you!

– Don’t get rid of anything. If you don’t like something you have written, just put a line through it and move on. You may change your mind later and find it useful.

 

Any other ideas? Let me know! 🙂

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