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Teaching Voice in Writing Using Poetry




  • What comes to mind when you hear the word "poetry"? Read pp. 14-22 in Teaching For Joy And Justice. Detail your experience in and takeaways from Bridgette Gallagher’s NYSEC workshop, including not only the poem you wrote, but your process of writing it. What are your key takeaways from this workshop? Make specific connections between the reading, your voice in the poem you wrote, and the information from the PPTX discussed in class regarding voice as a trait of writing, to bolster your analysis of the workshop.



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Poetry, when I hear the word, brings a flood of emotions running through my body. Goosebumps, chills, and the feeling of anticipation. That's what poetry is to me. A string of words- unsuspecting words- that have the power to illicit uncensored reactions from the reader. Even as they hold the vulnerability of the poet, they have a certain relatability towards every reader, and every reader's specific lived experiences. That is the beauty of poetry. Every poem has the ability to form connections with the reader. It's simple in its accessibility and yet so complex in the ways in which every one of us associate ourselves to it.

Poetry is power. The power to put your vulnerabilities out into the world;…


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Prima Mandolfo
Prima Mandolfo
07 feb 2022

Poetry. One of the most interesting things, while also being so confusing all in one. When we were in class, I had found myself thinking of the many things poetry is all about. Poetry is beauty, vulnerability, romance, desire. Poetry is about making rhymes... or not!-- that's the magic to it. It can be as simple, or complex as you desire. Poetry is something that has a lot of "what could this mean..?" moments. My personal favorite type of poetry is by William Shakespeare, because it leaves me wondering a lot. He leaves me thinking a lot more into things than I ever had before. The sonnets he made, though full of love and beauty have many aspects that can make a reader…



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Ziqi Wu
Ziqi Wu
07 feb 2022
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Hello Prima,

I like your points on poetry; it is true sometimes poetry is somehow confusing. For one to understand poetry, he or she needs to pay much attention and think outside the box. If you like poetry you will create interest in it, also getting the deep meaning will be easy. I like reading poetry and sometimes I wrote some though I am not much perfect now.

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Nicole Peralta
Nicole Peralta
06 feb 2022

When I first think of poetry, I imagine shorter pieces of writing, where every word holds so much weight so the word-usage is very intentional. When I was younger, I thought of poetry in the more traditional sense with with very structured rules and rhyming schemes. The Shakespearean sonnet, with ever syllable having to conform to a specified rhythm. However, as I get older, and am exposed to different styles of poetry, I think pretty much anything can be defined as poetry. It’s about rhythm and flow about conveying meaning without having to follow the conventions of a complete story. I consider it a freer form of writing, even within the regimented confines of sonnets and Haikus.

A major take-awa…



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When I hear “poetry,” I think of emotional, vulnerable writing that comes from the heart. I also think of poetry as the most free form of writing. In both writing and reading poetry, I feel more connected to the piece itself and the emotions the work provokes. However, I also think about how difficult a lot of poetry can be to chew for a lot of people. My first thought in response to the word “poetry,” is a memory I have of a poetry slam I went to in high school during a writing retreat in Vermont. At the poetry slam, one girl read her poem and to this day it is the most beautiful piece of writing I have…


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Hailey Fox
Hailey Fox
06 feb 2022

When I think of the word poetry, two very different sides of a spectrum come to mind. Initially, I think “run away!” However, when I settle into the word poetry, I think of expression. It is unfortunate that my first thought when I hear the word poetry is to pack my things and travel far far away, but it’s true. I struggled greatly in high school with poetry, understanding it and writing it. I think it was so difficult for me to master poetry in high school because I found the poems to be uninteresting, uninspiring, and challenging to analyze… which we had to ✨a lot✨. Trying to find the hidden meaning behind a sentence that I thought was strai…

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Hi Hailey! I agree that much of the poetry selected to be analyzed in high school is very structured and frankly not that interesting. I wish that more of the freeing, emotional aspect of poetry was discussed as well so students would not dread poetry and think of it as being so boring.

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