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Reading and Writing Poems: From 8th Century England and 20th Century Chile...

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L. A. Pittenger Student Center

Muncie, IN 47303

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The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities will be hosting an Enrichment Program on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am-2pm for middle school aged students. Students should bring a sack lunch.

In this hands-on writing workshop, inspired by the anonymous poets of 8th century England and by modern South American poet Pablo Neruda, you will compose your own poems of praise. You will hear how the English language sounded in the 8th century, learn about why it was so different from the English we speak today, study the poetic forms used by Old English poets, and write original poems. You won’t have to write in a whole new language; you’ll write in the modern English language that we speak today, but you will use some of the elements that made Old English poetry distinctive. Then you’ll study some praise poems by Pablo Neruda, translated from Spanish, and you’ll use his example to try a different kind of praise poem. Neruda wrote poems in praise of tomatoes, laziness, and his socks. What will you praise?

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