Poetry That Tells a Story

I decided to write this blog post while doing an assignment for school. Poetry tells a story of how we see the world. In a spiritual sense, it allows the Spirit to express himself through our voice. It brings Scripture to both a believer and a non-believer.

This first poem articulated by Hosanna Poetry tells the story of the beauty of the church and how we stand strong in community with each other.

“Redwoods”

by: Hosanna Poetry

Hosanna puts an organized group of picture words together to help us envision the meaning of the story taking place before your eyes. She uses descriptive words to reveal a multi-level application that can be understood by a mature, immature, or secular listener. Her delivery is predetermined and articulated with hand gestures and movement. The tones in her voice give excitement where the excitement is needed, where despair is near or when hope comes alive.

Hosanna is not the only poet to speak to me. All my life I have been exposed to poetry in one way or another. My father, whom I recently lost, left me with an audio of this famous poet among tens of books of prose. However, this poem speaks to the life of which my father lived. I cry each time I hear it because I feel his sorrow while he reads it to me.

ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves, no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

When speaking to a diverse crowd, an organized choice of descriptive words, utilizing emphatic tones and even hand gestures are effective in getting the message across. My immature perspective on poetry has opened my mind to the possibilities that poetry can and will play in my future teaching. I can’t wait to read more.

 

Reference

(30) Hosanna Poetry | Redwoods (LIVE Spoken Word) – YouTube. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj_TjRCGS5U

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost | Poetry Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2017, from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

Whitcraft, J. E. (n.d.). Robert Frost. Retrieved October 21, 2017, from http://box98.com/!!ThumbDriveProject/Obituary/poetry/frost/index.htm

Whitcraft, T. L. (n.d.). frost.gif (524×359). Retrieved October 21, 2017, from http://box98.com/!!ThumbDriveProject/Obituary/images/frost.gif

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