Developing reader response skill, journal writing, poetry analysis and group discussion skill
Text of Learning Exercise:
?The Red Horse? Anticipation Guide
Before you read Seaborn Jones?s poem ?The Red Horse,? decide whether you agree (A) or disagree (D) with the statements below. Share your before reading answers with a peer, a group or the class. Now read the poem. After reading the poem, respond to the statements based solely on the reading. Review your lists of answers. Write a journal entry to show any change in your thinking .
Before / After
_____ _____ 1. Art conveys a meaning intended by the artist.
_____ _____ 2. Art can be understood by everyone.
_____ _____ 3. Interpreting poetry requires experience more than intelligence.
_____ _____ 4. Readers should search for hidden meanings in a poem.
_____ _____ 5. Written or verbal miscommunication is a universal experience.
_____ _____ 6. It?s frustrating when people don?t understand what you mean.
_____ _____ 7. We make meaning by comparing the unknown to what we know.
_____ _____ 8. Maybe there?s a way to tell time by peacock feathers.
THE RED HORSE Seaborn Jones
When the woman in the museum looked at the Chagall,
she said, "But what does it mean? I don't like art where the artist hides the meaning."
Flying fish, man with goat's head offering a bouquet of fireworks to an upside down bride.
Once I was pulled over by the police; I had laryngitis and all I could do was make a sound like a cross between a goose and a fog-horn.
When I tried to write a note explaining my condition, I realized I couldn't spell laryngitis and handed them a piece of paper that said, ?I have Larry."
They passed it back and forth saying, "What does he mean; what does it mean?"
Maybe I should have handed them a drawing of a violinist with no head.
Or like the clerk in the store when I asked the time, responded, "I don't know; I'm just hired help." Then presented me with a peacock feather.
What does it mean?
Maybe there's a way to tell time by peacock feathers. Something buried
in the mythology of hired help. Circle of children pointing feathers toward the moon.
I feel about the woman in the museum the way she feels about Chagall: what does she mean what does he mean?