INTRODUCTION TO POETRY by Billy Collins
INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
I discovered the philosophical meaning of poetry. And when I reread this poem, I was surprised to find that all the philosophy I have learned is contained in this one poem. In other words, poetry is seeing the world through slides of various colors in a dazzling light. Sometimes I look into it with boundless curiosity, like putting my ear to a beehive, but I'm still nervous. When I enter the poetry room, there is a switch that can turn on a light, so it is reassuring. We can windsurf in an ocean of endless fun and imagination in this poetic world. Above all, poetry is fun, but when we meet poetry, we feel the pain as if we have to reveal everything hidden within us. But in that pain, we know what life really is. That is poetry. Since all of the poems are included in this poem, I thought it might be a good summary, so I read it as if I was reviewing what I had learned.
Student's artworks by Amy
Above is a Chinese character written by a student named Amy. Her writing is well-organized, beautiful, and yet full of energy. You can see the works of digital art created with these letters below. And the flowers painted through the first watercolor class show how well watercolor can express personal feelings and emotions. Below is a picture of this watercolor flower digitally converted.
A gift from nature
Children love to walk the streets and pick up pretty leaves, feathers and stones. This is a beautiful mind that you have for a while in childhood. As an adult, you are no longer interested in these pretty objects. If there is money on the street, we will try to give it. I love these little things that kids bring from time to time. When they bring them, the hearts they bring with them are so beautiful. These hearts are precious gifts that we receive at no cost.
I thought about nature for a moment. Nature brings us these gifts all day long. The fallen leaves that gently fall over your head while you walk, the fallen leaves that emit beautiful fall colors from the floor, the pretty shiny stones you accidentally find on the beach, the shells, and the birds chirping with a musical sound... Nature, like children, teaches us beauty every day.
Once upon a time, my friend Emilia showed me a red robin feather that she stumbled upon. She treasured it in her purse and showed it to me. I thought to myself that her heart was more beautiful than that feather. After all, that feather was something she happened to be sitting under a tree and picked up when Robin flapped her wings. I thought she had a bigger windfall than her lottery.
I am currently drawing and writing a children's book. The inspiration given to me by a friend has become a fairy tale book. Soon I will post this book here.
And today, I completed the previously drawn valley picture. Because I live in an area where there are not many mountains on a flat land, I sometimes miss valleys. Korea is surrounded by mountains to the extent that 63% of the land area is said to be mountains. And those mountains are rocky mountains that are dominated by rough granite. That's why it's easy to see rocks and valleys like this in every neighborhood. A valley like this is always in my childhood memory photos.
Maybe that's why when I drew the valley, I wanted to redraw this valley in a larger size someday. It's a small painting today, but I think this kind of work helped to soothe my homesickness to some extent.
Recent watercolor paintings with storyboard
This is a storyboard-based watercolor painting that I recently completed. Now, if I draw about 5 more, the children's book is completed. I am already looking forward to that day.
Myungja Anna Koh
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