Presentation on theme: "THE LOOK & SHAPE OF POETRY: Found Poetry & the Cento."— Presentation transcript:
1 THELOOK & SHAPE OF POETRY:Found Poetry& the Cento
2 Found Poetry“Found” poetry is a type of poetry that takes existing texts and reforms, reshapes, and reimagines them as poemsIt is a literary equivalent of “collage”; you are making or creating a poem out of other found textsExamples of other texts: newspaper articles, advertisements, song lyrics, speeches, street signs, billboards
3 Found Poetry Examples: -- from a newspaper ad for an online university “65th YEAR HIGH SCHOOL”Graduatewithin a year. You cando it! Teenagers,adults too for free information.Day Program starts --Night Program starts --it’s never too latefounded in 65th year.Call now. You cando it!Morningafternoon classesevening classes starts within a year.Call now for HighSchool.(16 yearsor over) preparatoryfounded in cosmopolitan1934.Examples:“The Unknown”As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know We don't know.-- from a newspaper ad for an online university-- from U.S. Dept. of Defense briefings by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
4 CentoA cento is a poetic form that originated in the 3rd or 4th centuryThe word “cento” is from Latin for “patchwork”The cento is made up of lines from poems by other poets. These lines are shaped and rearranged into a poetic form.
5 CentoExample:“WHITMAN UNPLUGGED”The smoke of my own breath,Choking on the spittle of ejecting death,Was seized by the spirit that trails the lines underfoot.I let loose the chords,The sound of the belched words of my voice,The burps of choice, intestinal degrees of relief.Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice.The open-close monotone of rhythm with regard.Is that it from your liquid rims & wet sands?Is that disposable utterance a prelude to dance?I am a dance ... Play up there! the fit is whirling me fast.Call on horns & keys all swirled up with beat& a thousand singers, a thousand songs, clearer,Seared with lyric & dew-drop hypothesis.With the thousand responsive songs at random ….This poem was made up entirely of lines from various poems by Walt Whitman
6 CentoExample #2:“Pop Song Cento”June 25, It's so hard to sleep. I'm like, "Hey, what's up? Hello." And I know she'll be the death of me, at least we'll both be numb, Like a small boat on the ocean. Be my woman girl, and I'll be your man. Do you recall, not long ago– Oh don't you dare look back. 'Cause baby now we got bad blood, When I need motivation. It's been a long day without you, my friend.This poem was made up entirely of the 1st lines of the Top Ten pop songs for June 25, 2015
7 using lines from the poems in your packet. Your AssignmentYour assignment is to write …a CENTOof at least 25 lines,using lines from the poems in your packet.