Wednesday’s seminar class marked the start of our poetry presentations. I was very curious as to how my fellow classmates would handle talking about something as complicated and deep as poetry in front of the entire class. Everyone seemed to be nervous to some degree, and knowing that I was not the only one who felt a bit uneasy about presenting, made me feel better. As more and more students went through their presentations, it became evident that there are so many different styles of poetry, as well as a wide range of topics that can be covered. I was surprised at how much emphasis was put on the way in which each poem was read. I then became curious about how the reader is supposed to know how the poet intended for his piece to be read.
The poem that stood out to me the most was the piece that Ariana was assigned, which focused on Marilyn Monroe. I was interested in the poem from the beginning in that, I never really knew the details of why Marilyn Monroe was so famous or even who she was in the world. Thanks to this poem, it was brought to my attention that Monroe’s personality and lifestyle were under much scrutiny, which she didn’t necessarily deserve. I found the suggestion that Marilyn Monroe would not have had to deal with so much criticism if she lived in a later period to be riveting. It was disappointing to hear that a positive and confident woman, such as Marilyn Monroe, could be perceived so terribly.