Good evening TALONted individuals. It’s been a while, but I have the next update for you, on my last in-depth mentor meeting. Going into this project, I was unsure of the challenges I would face/overcome, how stressful the burden would be, or whether I would enjoy the project at all. After only two meetings with my mentor, I can tell that in-depth is going to be a great success for me. My mentor and I have an ideal relationship, with plenty of similarities between us. Because of her experience with this same project, it is easy for her to identify and understand the troubles I am having, or areas in which I am excelling at.
I had two poems prepared for our meeting on Wednesday. One of these, was my first attempt at a humorous poem, which I am not too proud of. This week, I am working on fine-tuning the writing of this poem, so that it could maybe be posted for you next week? It depends how this all plays out. The other poem which I shared with Emma, was extremely personal, and a hard topic for me to talk about. This poem was a result of her exercise for me last week, which was to write a raw poem without figurative language covering up the true meaning. This poem is the first of mine, which taught me more about myself, than it could ever teach an audience. This being said, I am not comfortable sharing it with an audience, so I suppose it isn’t a huge deal. I was in tears by the end of sharing the poem with Emma, and she totally knew where I was coming from. She has obviously written poems that have had sensitive topics before. She is also with me, that while this project is about learning and presenting SLAM poetry, its also about self-discovery and acceptance. So I did learn a lot in this past two weeks, but I guess you don’t get to visually see it just yet.
Emma helped me edit both of my poems, as well as finished our last meetings lesson on the 4 pillars of SLAM poetry. This weeks pillars were Development (of the poem) and Diction (referring to language, rhythm and flow). During development, we talked briefly about the dramatic structure which Emma follows religiously, and says I will learn to do so. “Thanks to Freytag for that little gem” (Fields). Essentially, I need to make sure that every point in my poem has a different level of intensity, or place on the plot line. I also learnt about some more complex figurative language, since I’ve only ever really been taught about the basics, such as metaphors and rhymes.
Some figurative language tools that we talked about were,
synecdoche: using a part of something to refer to the whole ex. all hands on deck
metonymy: the exact opposite of synecdoche ex. the track instead of horse racing, or the movie industry instead of Hollywood
dissonance: unpleasant or “off” language
cacophony: harsh language
euphony: pleasant language
assonance: repeated vowel sound anywhere in a word
consonance: repeated consonant sound anywhere in a word
Every one of these can be used in SLAM poetry to add a certain effect, vibe, or feel to the audience.
During our meeting I took almost two pages of notes, so that I could read through them later and remember our exact conversation. Emma also gives me mini assignment like things, which she says are just good exercises, and I, by no means have to do them. However I have completed both of them so far, because they are fun, and helpful. This weeks assignment is to memorize a segment of rap, and play around with the rhymes to see how it feels. By the way, rap is a form of SLAM poetry (maybe SLAM is a little cool now)! Each of these mini assignments or exercises tell Emma that I am paying attention and listening to her, but also builds my SLAMming skills.
Well, I better go. I’m in the middle of writing my next poem