This past week in class was a very good one. I felt like we did a lot and I learned a lot as well. We discussed story versus literature and how literature has more substance. This lead my table into talking about why we like reading more than watching movies because there is more substance there as well. Watching the movie is just like reading a little story and getting nothing out of it. When you read a great work of literature you become immersed in what is going on and every detail in the book is relevant to the plot and meaning.
This week we pieced a part the poem "I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain". We concentrated on the poetic element, imagery, and focused on the different perspectives of the speaker, reader, and author. At the beginning of the week I was very firm in opinions of the meaning of the poem, or what type of imagery was being used. I learned that opinions are important but sometimes they can cloud your mind. When looking at poetry or any other form of art it is best to keep an open mind about things and evaluate other perspectives. For example, I at first did not think that visual imagery was missing from the poem because it painted an image in my own mind. Later I learned that if I had read the poem from the speaker's perspective I would have realized that they do not describe visually what is going on. The absence of visuals really help the feeling you get when reading the poem which I have learned to enjoy and appreciate.
Besides all of that learning, there are some separate moments about this week that really stuck with me and will continue to stick with me the rest of my life. These have to do with all the different types of art we talked about and will continue to look at this next week. We are starting to take literature and compare it to paintings. I think this is very interesting when you look at it from the perspectives of the author or painter. Each has a motive to why they choose to create something and put meaning into their art. In class we watched a Ted Talk about art and how it is interpreted through other people looking at it. I learned that we are all selective and will not always find meaning or love every piece of art or even book we come across. In the Ted Talk the women showed a few pieces of art that stopped her and made her think about it for a while. I thought this was really cool how she did this and I wanted to do it for my own. I've been wanted to go to art galleries for a very long time but have not gotten around to it. Being in this class got me really excited and so me and a few of my good friends took a trip down to Grand Rapids for Art Prize to become immersed in the beauty of the city and the art covering every street. We went today (Sunday) and spent hours looking at really cool paintings and sculptures. Ironically we saw a sculpture of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" like the one we talked about in class although they made it entirely out of wood and you can only see her face when the light is on at the top! SO COOL! ART IS SO AWESOME WHAT THE HECK!
Sorry this blog is extremely long and a little all over the place but I can't really think straight because of how in awe I have been all day. I will probably write more about how cool art is in a creative writing but to just recap, I am glad that this week gave me new perspectives when evaluating art and poetry in order to fully appreciate it!!