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On whose shoulders do you stand? A lesson on poetry

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Welcome!

Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Introduction
But today... something different
In this lesson you are going to watch and analyse the poem spoken by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of the American president Joe Biden.

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

Goals
After this lesson, you can
  • tell others about Amanda Gorman
  • tell others about her inaugurational poem
  • explain what occasional poetry is
  • explain why poetry is political

Now let's first meet Amanda Gorman in the following video:

Slide 3 - Tekstslide

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Slide 4 - Video

02:25
Why was Amanda terrified to speak up in public?
A
She didn't think she had something interesting to say
B
She had difficulties pronouncing words
C
She was never taught to speak up
D
She wanted to do other things in life

Slide 5 - Quizvraag

03:25
Poetry is always political. What explanation does she give here?
A
The choice to make yourself heard is political
B
White men don't want to hear political poems. That's political
C
She doesn't say so. It depends on the subject you are writing about

Slide 6 - Quizvraag

04:29
Why are tyrants terrified of poets?
A
They write about things they don't believe in
B
They always oppose the ideas of the leaders
C
Poets can unite the population by writing about their thoughts and feelings

Slide 7 - Quizvraag

Amanda describes herself
“I grew up at this incredibly odd intersection in Los Angeles, where it felt like the Black ’hood met Black elegance met white gentrification met Latin culture met wetlands. Traversing between these worlds, either to go to a private school in Malibu, or then come back home to my family’s two-bedroom apartment, gave me an appreciation for different cultures and realities, but also made me feel like an outsider. I’m sure my single mother, Joan Wicks, might describe me as a precocious child (=a child who developed an ability at an earlier age than is usual or expected) , but looking back in elementary school I often self-described myself as a plain ‘weird’ child. I spent most of elementary school convinced that I was an alien. Literally.”

Slide 8 - Tekstslide

Why do you think Biden picked this 22-year-old black woman to do the inaugurational poem?

Slide 9 - Open vraag

What is occasional poetry?

Slide 10 - Open vraag

Occasional poetry
  • It's a very old tradition
  • many kings and queens asked poets to write poems about their triumphs
  • JF Kennedy and Barack Obama asked poets to write a poem for their inauguration
  • Ms Gorman was asked in December 2020 

Slide 11 - Tekstslide

What elements of today's (political) events would you put into a poem?

Slide 12 - Open vraag

The hill we climb
Before listening, read part 1 of the poem by opening the link below, :
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3:00

Slide 13 - Tekstslide

Which two words describe this first part of the poem best?
A
differences and difficulties
B
grieving and growing
C
broken and healed
D
Unity and hope

Slide 14 - Quizvraag

The hill we climb
Now read part 2:
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2:30

Slide 15 - Tekstslide

Which word refers to the attack on the Capitol building on January 6th?
A
the hill
B
sow division
C
this effort
D
this faith

Slide 16 - Quizvraag

Do you think this can be applied to the current situation in the Netherlands with the curfew riots going on? Explain.

Slide 17 - Open vraag

The hill we clinb
Now read part 3
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4:00

Slide 18 - Tekstslide

'this wounded world into a wondrous one'
What do we call this technique of repetition of sounds at the beginning of words?
A
rhyme
B
imagery
C
rhythm
D
alliteration

Slide 19 - Quizvraag

Slide 20 - Video

your opinion

Slide 21 - Woordweb