November 5, 2015
Thanks to Georgine and Linda for leading our Reading Room program today! I assume everyone enjoyed the chance to read, listen to, and talk about some of Georgine’s favorite poems from the Christian Science periodicals. There was a nice variety of poems, but they all had such healing, helpful thoughts and reminders.
I liked how Geeorgine suggested we look at the strong verbs in the poems that lead and guide us to the message of the poem.
I especially appreciated the discussion we had relating to “More than a Quilt” by Madora Mackenzie Kibbe and “Snake Talk”.
Here are the thoughts we shared at the end of our session about why people like to read poetry:
- Poetry is not hard to pick up and read—we can read it quickly, although there is often lots to ponder in a poem!
- The words in poems often create vivid images and/or rhythms which we can remember.
- There is no one right interpretation or inspiration. We all are drawn to different aspects of a poem.
- A poem is a long story condensed to key words.
- Poems express simplicity –short phrases instead of a long paragraph.
- Poems are meant to be repeated and contain repetition in them to make a point.
- Poetry is like a power point with lots of research and thought behind the short phrases.
- Poetry puts ideas in a language we can understand, much like we have to simplify text to help young children understand the main ideas.