Well, this week started pretty similar to how it did last week. Which will probably be the trend now going forward into the year. We got a new poem of the week, or PoW as we abbreviated them to be. This would be our second PoW. This time the poem that we looked at was "Elegy in X Parts" by Matt Rasmussen.
An Elegy is a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead. Through this definition the first thing I thought about when I first read the title if the poem was that it was going to be about someone that had died and one of his/her friends is grieving over their sad departure from the living world. After I had read the poem, my guess was right for the most part. But, the poem delve deeper than I thought. it had not only a grieving of someone's death but also the confusion of the speaker in what is real and what is not. This actually blind-sided me, because I was not expecting that much more detail from an Elegy. But I guess I haven't really read that many so I wouldn't know how Elegies usually work. But nevertheless, it pulled me into the poem more than it would've if it didn't have the side story.
The whole week was basically focused on diving deeper in the poem and going beneath the surface of the poem to uncover some hidden meanings that the author left for the reader to hopefully find. I especially liked how out of place the speaker felt throughout the poem. It felt as though the speaker was not part of our reality, but trapped within his own, and this intrigued me. The fact that the speaker's imagination was this strong to be able to distort his/her perception of reality and memories made the poem a lot more interesting than ever before.
After a week of analyzing the poem, we had to write/type up a new essay responding to a prompt. This personally made me feel anxious. Just like the last time we did this, for "The Eagle" that time, I was constantly thinking to myself that I was not gonna be able to type up anything and that I was going to have a huge mental block that was going to inhibit my writing. But surprisingly enough, when the timer started, I was not feeling any of the aforementioned possible setbacks and I was typing away, conveying my thoughts and feelings regarding the poem in response to the essay prompt. Now, whether or not my essay was sufficient to actually pass the collegeboard's standards did not bother me. I was just happy that I was able to type for the whole 45 minutes that was given without any setbacks. I'm pretty sure in time I will get better with sentence structuring and cohesion as the class goes on. So overall I felt that the class week went pretty smoothly for me, and that I feel like I have gotten better at analyzing poems and literary texts. Especially comparing to me from before I started this class.
(External link to Matt Rasmussen's wiki page is on his picture.)