I want to start off by saying that this was the hardest and the most challenging project I prepared this year -including the Word Search project! This was mostly because my partner and I lack in technology skills, especially me. I couldn’t even put a cover page on the homepage, so usually Derin and I prepared technologic components of the project when we were together.

               When we were looking for an essential question to use for our project, we couldn’t find a question worth it since we didn’t have much limitation. It would be much easier if Ms. Shabdin had limited us to a distinctive topic like examining the poems of one specific poet so that Ms. Shabdin can grade this project accordingly. After some struggle, we decided to use the essential question “How does imagery support the theme of the poem?” which still wasn’t that restricted, but it seemed like it was going to work well.

               When we started to search for poems to use for our project, I couldn’t actually think of any so I checked the poetry packet and tried to find some that contained strong imagery and a clear theme so that we could compare and contrast them even though I hadn’t actually thought about how to compare them, I hadn’t even thought about their relation! I just knew that imagery in poetry makes the readers think about images and illustrations described in the poem.

               Then, as I searched, I discovered that imagery really contributes to the theme of the poem. Without imagery, not just the theme but the poem itself would be so boring that it wouldn’t be bearable. The most important realization I had was when we were preparing “Theme Comparison” because we compared two poems with the same theme and as we did, we comprehended that imagery differs in two ways:describing qualities and describing actions. This was like an epiphany for me, it made so much sense.

               We used plenty of technologic aids. Ms. Hoffman helped us a lot along the way. First of all, we -no wonder- used Weebly. We used Animoto to prepare the creative video we put in the Home page and we used it as a “hook” for the website; we wanted it to grab the viewers’ attention. Additionally, we used SoundCloud in order to combine the voice of Derin reciting “A Dog Has Died” and the song “Death of A Martian” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. We used PresentMe in order to record the video presentations in Analysis of a Technique. YouTube wasn’t supposed to be used but when PresentMe didn’t work on “The Road Not Taken”, the second analysis we wanted to prepare, we had to upload our video and presentation on YouTube and embed it into Weebly in order to build a “PresentMe effect”, and the result wasn’t too unsuccessful, it worked pretty well actually.

               Now that Derin and I are finished with this project, we figured out that imagery really assists and goes along with theme of the poem, no smart poet would use the phrase “Shining was the bright yellow sun / The world is happy and fun” in a sadness-themed poem not just because it sucks, but because it doesn’t get along with the theme of the poem. Overall, we understood that imagery helps the theme very much and it makes the poem more gripping and entertaining.

When we started this research, I hadn’t thought much about imagery. I liked seeing descriptions and images in poems, but I hadn’t thought about how imagery contributes to the poem in terms of theme and message. Now that we’ve examined a number of poems and looked at imagery a lot and in detail, I’ve realized that without imagery, a poem could never have the same impact and effect on the reader. The imagery in poems must be delicately crafted, and carefully thought about (as we discovered while writing our own poetry). It must be specific to the poem so that it supports and strengthens the theme. I think the most important aspect of imagery that we discovered was how well it needs to coordinate with the message and theme.

Writing a poem on our own really made me appreciate poets and their works very much. I learned that it isn’t so easy to write a poem, to express what you want to get across to the reader using just the right words and crafting each line with care. It also made me realize and appreciate how writing can make you feel happy, and even proud. You can put your feelings and thoughts into words, and make them sound great. I find this very relieving and also pretty cool at the same time. Which is why it makes me proud that we could do it, no matter the quality of our poem.

            We learned to use Animoto and PresentMe, both of which were pretty cool and original. We used Animoto to create an introduction video that wasn’t boring (we hope) and I think it went really well. We used PresentMe so that whoever is viewing the site could see the slides and our comments together without getting confused. But PresentMe did give us a hard time, because it wasn’t so easy to use. There was an “upload video” option so we thought we could put together a pre-recorded video and the slides using PresentMe. We wanted to do this because the quality of our first PresentMe wasn’t that good, and we figured we could record on our phones and put it together with the slides. Turns out you have to pay for that. So we had to upload them to YouTube and embed them next to each other, but it wasn’t quite the same thing. We also used YouTube, obviously, because it was the only way to put videos. Also, SoundCloud turned out to be really useful; we uploaded our track there and it was really easy to link to the site.

            Needless to say, I improved my tech skills a lot working on this project, and learned to use new tools. But that wasn’t the point. The important thing that I learned from this project was that you can’t be successful in writing poetry if you don’t use your creativity and emotions. I think I will keep that in mind from now on when writing or examining poetry. 


    Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.


    March 2013