Week 3 – Poetic Voice & Type Selection

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.”

– William Wordsworth

Type Exploration

This week we started exploring our own type decoration by expanding on the skeletons we developed in the previous week. I experimented with using different stroke profiles, brushes and even effects like Gaussian blur and roughening.

Concrete Poem

This is a concrete poem I have created. My original concept was to have the whole Illustration made of bird cut outs using textures and pictures from magazines that relate to my idea. I started to carry out this idea over the lockdown but as it was a very time consuming process to cut out tiny birds, after spending hours of not getting many cut out I decided to do a digitalised version instead. I think making this decision had a negative impact on the final outcome as it made it less abstract and more basic. I have plans to refine this design further in the coming weeks.

Poem Research

Having no prior experience of writing poems I decided to do some research on the elements and process of creating an effective poem. I stumbled upon a TED talk by Daniel Tysdal, an English lecturer at UTSC. He had developed a simple step-by-step technique to develop poems that effectively communicate your own personal life experiences through the use of imagery, metaphors, alliteration and assonance.

I tried to apply this technique to the story I feel is personally attached to my place, Silo Park. This story involves the journey of growing up, once feeling so limitless and carefree growing into an adult facing some of the harsh realities of life.

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First I created a brainstorm of the feelings, smells, sounds, tastes and sights associated with my story. I then started piecing together my story starting from the carefree soul of child on a playground to feelings of facing the harsh realities and struggles that are entailed with adulthood.

I decided my poem would be in a rhyming format, where the last word of every second line would rhyme with the last word of the verse. I found this helped to give the poem rhythm and really emphasise the rhyming words and end the verses with a punch.

Poem Research

This is another video I came across before starting to write my poem. Although this is a different type of poem I will be writing…

Final Poem

Above is my final poem. For me the process of writing a poem was very hard and time consuming…

Retrospective/Reflection

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