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text transfomations
Posted by: robert brinn (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 16, 2004 09:17PM

my A level coursework is about transforming a genre of literature ( poetry prose or drama ) into 1 of the othere 3 fr example i would like to transfrom a poem into a piece of prose. the work itself is transforming the poem into a 1500 word pice of prose or drama. any ideas. the word frm the poem have to found within my transformation somewhere and the trasfromation hasto hav relevancy to the base text. plz hlp!!!!!!!!

Re: text transfomations
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 16, 2004 09:33PM

The first step is to find a poem that you're willing to turn into 1500 words of prose.

After that, I would try a draft of paraphrasing the poem without worrying about keeping the words. Tell what happens- set the scene, add detail if needed. Once you've got a text, you can go back and refine it with the poem's words.

Example: Poem

This Is Just To Say
William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Example: Prose

So my wife comes home one day, ready to cook dinner, and she opens the icebox. (I always call the refrigerator an icebox- reminds me of my grandmother) She starts yelling at me- 'This thing is half empty!'

I'm trying to write a poem, so I kind of look up and say 'Oh, that's too bad' and go back to thinking about the poem. Usually this satisfies her- after all, I am responding to her (sort of), but not this time. She stomps over to my desk, grabs my paper away, and yells 'You're sitting here all day, staring at a blank piece of paper. I'm working all day, have to come home and cook YOUR dinner, and there's nothing in the damn refrigerator! What do you do all day, sit around and stuff your face?'

It could go on from there.


Re: text transfomations
Posted by: robert brinn (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: September 17, 2004 11:31AM

thx alot but hav u any idea of a sitabe poem that would be easy to transform?

Re: text transfomations
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-02rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: September 17, 2004 12:18PM

Enjoy the macabre?

[www.cs.rice.edu] />
Look up "dramatic monologue" for extra credit.

Re: text transfomations
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: September 17, 2004 02:03PM


I would suggest picking a poem that makes you think of some kind of back story.


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