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Why We Still Write And Read Poetry In The Information Age

The "whys" of life are many and some unanswerable. Entertainment in films and other forms of arts make life vivid and more thrilling for all to see. We, as humans express ourselves in different ways like poetry. And like the many forms of being creative, poetry endures time, and speaks of life yesterday, today and tomorrow.

When I was younger, I could find happiness in scribbling words. I was not really aware how grammar rules were complied with because I was not a native speaker of English. Yet, my earlier poems were in the second language. I loved my native tongue and my second language, as well.

I remember reading cartoon dialogues in both Filipino and English. I held newspapers and magazines, to read only that section and the headlines. I pretended to understand all the other texts, as the adults in the house (my aunts and uncles who were all college students) read. I imitated them, and made myself happy reading what I could not understand at all. I was a "trying h…

Book Review and Quoting Sources

Reviews, analysis and research work are forms of nonfiction.

In writing a book review, interpreting texts, or making a research work or report and detailed reading is required. Lack of knowledge of the texts will not make a commendable interpretation and analysis. Facts are culled from the texts to support the objective write-up and enhance the subjective interpretation.

1. A book review usually includes three parts

1. The book description. It is the content of the book. This is the summary.
2. Communicate something of its quality, in relation to literary texts.
3. Give merits and make judgments (positive and negative comments).

2. In Quoting Sources

Direct quotation provides evidence and can add both life and authenticity to your paper. Direct quotations should be reserved for cases in which you cannot express the ideas better yourself. Use them when the original words are precise, clear, powerful or vivid.

To paraphrase, you restate the source ideas in your own words. The point of …

Writing Exercises All Year Round

Skills can be improved if there's practice!

Once, in a writing class we were told to write about what we felt our past lives could be. We tried to face that mystery of imagining what we want now, and what if, we had that life before, those events that haunt and/or make us happy bring good writing materials.

One classmate thought, he was a Frenchwoman, another thought he could be a warrior, and still another thought she was as is in the present. This exercise dates back in the past and describes the character one wants to be. It is truly a creation that thinks, acts, and speaks that person in the past. For example: the Frenchwoman and warrior in the past have their own stories to tell.

Next, we were asked "What are the things you can't remove out your closet? What are those you can't throw?"

It is like keeping old socks with holes, soggy stuffed toys, scratched photographs, old bags or any old things that make up a junk museum. We would explain why we can't l…

Interpreting Texts

Interpreting texts can be done in several ways. Explaining what it means, citing examples or relating to it, are taught in the classrooms. Interpreting texts is expressing ideas and writing about it, as in the film review, concert review, advertisement/product review or book review, among others.

Critics, writers, teachers and students including the public do express their own interpretations: personal or analytical.

In college, the most common forms of interpretive essay assignment is to write analytical essays about reading assignments in Humanities and Social Science subjects.

I always tell my students to reread the texts, several times. Every time you read the story, book, or essay bring you new discovery and insight. Reading gives different interpretations, as long as you can defend your answer.

Take these hints from the noted writer and professor Toby Fulwiler:

1. In selecting a text to interpret ask yourself these questions.

Can this text be read in more than one way?
With wha…

On Marking Books

Some teachers and mothers say, "Don't mark your books. Marking them is a sign of disrespect for the book and the creator of those books." This is wrong. How can one appreciate those books if they wouldn't savor and taste the thoughts, and play with the words if there is no interaction between the writer and the reader? Marking the books is interaction between the reader and the writer. Books must be absorbed in the bloodstream to be of long and good use.

One writer says (Book of Essays) that "There are three kinds of book owners."

The first has all the standard sets and best-sellers unread, untouched (this delude individuals owns wood pulp and ink, not books).

The second has a great many books, a few of them read through, most of them dipped into but all of them as clean and shiny the day they were bought.

The third has a few books or many. Every one of them dog-eared and dilapidated, shaken and loosened by continual use, marked and scribbled in from front…

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