Today I am going to tell you about a product by Everyday Education, LLC.
I was tickled to have the opportunity to receive Working it Out: Poetry Analysis with George Herbert to review.
has 228 pages divided into 51 poems to analyze. The Forward explains the book is ideal for use as a devotional or can be adapted to use with a student for poetry analysis.
When used as a devotional, the reader covers one poem per week. For the five days each week, you would follow the following format:
- The Big Picture: Focus on what the poem is about;
- The Parts of the Picture: covers the poem stanza by stanza, discussing literary devices and poetic techniques;
- The Parts of the Picture Come Together: explains movement of thought throughout the poem;
- Reflections: questions for personal meditation; and
- Scriptures for further reflections.
- Copy all or part of the poem;
- Read it silently and then out loud;
- Rewrite the poem in prose (non-poetic language).
Using for my devotions was what I wanted to do anyway, right from the beginning! So look at this for a devotional -- it has 51 poems to be done one per week! This will give you daily spiritual refreshment for almost a year!
The poems being 51 in count will not be listed here. They are, however, divided into groups of poems, so I will list the groups:
- Looking Back, Moving Forward;
- Letting Go;
- Depending on God;
- Special Blessings of the Church;
- More Insights.
So the poems are somewhat divided into a monthly schedule. The language and writing Herbert uses is... formal, interesting, deep, thought provoking. You need to stick with it. It is an acquired taste, I imagine, but I really like it. You do, really, need to read it slowly and thoughtfully to understand it. It is like a fine-cuisine meal at a formal restaurant. You should "eat" slowly and savor!
I have a great year ahead of me to enjoy the rest of this book. I have it loaded on my computer desktop in PDF format, but even more handy I have it saved to my iPad in iBooks. That works well for me. You can also save the PDF to kindles; I know some people like to do that as well. Whatever works for you.
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