The second week of school has come and gone. Which can mean a lot of things to different people. but, for me it means MORE SCHOOL AND HOME WORK!! Now, who isn't excited about that?
I did a lot of unique things pertaining to the different classes that I have. But I will be focusing on my AP Lit class specifically. On Monday, we looked at the poem: "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. We got this poem on the 8th of September for us to read for the weekend. This was to just give us exposure to what Andy calls: TP-CASTT.
When we first got the poem on Friday of the first week of school, I thought to myself: "Wow this is a pretty short poem, this'll be easy!" Now this was before I actually read the poem. I actually just looked at the 6 lines that it had and I immediately assumed that it was going to be a simple poem to dissect. And boy was I wrong about that. When I got home that day and actually read the thing, I was surprised of what I saw. I did not think that a measly six lines would be enough to make something complex enough so that it could be interpreted in many different ways. Now, I mentioned something about a TP-CASTT. It's basically an organized way of analyzing a poem and diving deeper into what I think, or what the reader thinks, the author's intention of writing it is. The catch that made me somewhat mad about the poem homework was that, we had to actually do the TP-CASTT thing on the poem itself. Now me not knowing what he was doing at the time, just wrote random stuff about the poem on the document that we copied before we left school for the weekend.
We spent almost the entire week just talking about "The Eagle." Listening to each other's take on the poem itself, and what we thought the poem was about. My table in particular, we had an idea that the poem was actually about the eagle dying. A pretty dark interpretation I know. We got this idea from the fact that the poem discussed no other motion beside it falling fast unexpectedly. Now for my own personal take on it, I thought of the poem as a predator v. prey situation. Where the predator stands waiting for the perfect time for it to attack its prey. In this case, the predator is the eagle and the prey was not given any context.
Analyzing "The Eagle" with the whole class this week was a very good activity for me to have taken part in. It gave me an idea on what everyone else thought the poem was about, and it also gave me insight on what I need to look out for the next time I read a poem. Like how the author tries to tell the reader something, and that how the author sets the stage and the scenery with sometimes oddly simple words that spark the imaginations of the reader.
(The link to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Wikipedia is linked on his picture.)