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Conversations in Literature
Conversations in Literature — Workshop
About CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE

Individual Program
Descriptions

1. Responding
as Readers


2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text


7. The Stances
in Action


8. Returning to the
Classroom





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Re: [Channel-talklitconversations] Workshop 6 Video Discussion

From: <bawbfree@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu Jul 14 2005 - 22:42:31 EDT
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This was one of the most interesting workshops for me because even though I wasn't with the people on the screen, I felt like I was interacting with them. What I liked about this session was the way that participants took interpretations that were similar to mine and delved deeped into them. Jeff Wilem's ideas about "Bessie, bop and Bach" were fascinating; I'd never considered that Hughes was challenging the prejudice of the reader. I also found the discussion of the dichotomy in both poems very rich. I loved that both poets portrayed two diifferent people within their poems-- two halves that make up the whole. For Hughes, it was his Columbia self combined with his Harlem self, and in Wlaker's poem it was the violent murderer contrasted with the nurturing mother. These two poems worked so well together!

I think that the concept that poetry is "compressed language" which was discussed at the end of the session is an idea that will find its way into my classroom. Especially in today's world of compressed computer files, this is a metaphor that helps students understand why poetry must be read so many times in order to unpack the meaning.

Am

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