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					Working from a poem to a
       short story
    Transforming Colours
Poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko


         E. Banathy Year 12 Poetry
              Transformation
Making choices in selecting poems
• Choose a poem which appeals to you
  and has sentiments or images you can
  resonate with
Or
• Choose a poem which appeals to you
  because it challenges what you believe



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 Then research the poet………
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgeny_Yevtu
  shenko

                                             Does the research
                                            say something about
                                              the poem or the
                                            poet’s beliefs, values
                                                or passions?




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           What else has the poet written?
    Is it worthwhile doing some more research?

•   Yevgeny Yevtushenko is a poet, novelist, film maker and professor of
    literature and cinema. He was born in Siberia, where his ancestors
    were sent into exile at the end of the 19th century. A spokesman for
    greater artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, Yevtushenko was once
    referred to as "the head of the intellectual juvenile delinquents" and
    was expelled from school for disobedience in 1948 and in 1957 from
    the Literary Institute for "individualism."
    His 1961 poem Babi Yar, a denunciation of both Nazi and Russian anti-
    Semitism, brought him international recognition and inspired Russian
    composer Dimitri Shostakovich to write his Symphony No. 13 (Babi
    Yar). The poem was not published in Russia until 1984.
    Yevtushenko is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts
    and Letters and was awarded the American Liberties Medallion of the
    American Jewish Committee in 1991. He divides his time between
    Russia and the United States, where he teaches poetry at Queens
    College, N.Y., and the University of Tulsa. His poems have been
    translated and published in 72 languages.
•
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     Remember that this is a poem written originally in another
     language - translations differ… and may give you a different
     perspective

Colours
• When your face came rising above my crumpled life, the
  only thing I understood at first was how meagre were all
  my possessions. But your face cast a peculiar glow on
  forests, seas, and rivers, initiating into the colours of the
  world uninitiated me. I’m so afraid, I’m so afraid, the
  unexpected dawn might end, ending the discoveries,
  tears, and raptures, but I refuse to fight this fear. This
  fear--I understand-- is love itself. I cherish this fear, not
  knowing how to cherish, I, careless guardian of my love.
  This fear has ringed me tightly. These moments are so
  brief, I know, and, for me, the colours will disappear
  when once your face has set...
• Translated by George Reavey
         http://lightning.prohosting.com/~zhenka/poemarchive.html
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                              Transformation
 You like the poem – but you wonder whether you are on the right track –
 what other resources are out there? Put the poet/poem into a search
 engine – be discerning about the sites!!!



• http://home.pacific.net.au/~greg.hub/prote
  st.html
• http://home.pacific.net.au/~greg.hub/colour
  s.html
• http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/LITLINK
  S/poetry/yevtushenko.htm



                         E. Banathy Year 12 Poetry
                              Transformation
Starting the deconstruction process

• What is the discourse?
• What is the invited reading?
• Which phrases or words resonate with
  you?
• What descriptions do you actually SEE
  or FEEL from the poem?
• What is the mood of the poem?
• What is the tone?
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                Deconstructing
• “ Colours” is a poem which highlights the beauty of
  loving someone and the inherent dangers of loving
  someone. When we love, we make ourselves vulnerable
  to the other person. That in itself can fill a person with
  fear – we generally don’t like feeling vulnerable – that
  means that we have handed some of our control over to
  someone else. Loving involves risk. It is this risk and
  fear which the poet identifies – he ends up looking at the
  fear and risk on the one hand - and the beauty in his
  world as a result of his love, on the other hand. As
  readers – we ask ourselves – is it worth it?
• Does the poet think love and its presence in his life
  is worth the fear and the vulnerability?
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          Framing the story
• Having identified aspects of the discourse –
  Vulnerability and Love - let’s do some
  brainstorming on a possible story line

• Perhaps a man agonising over
  acknowledging the presence of a young
  woman in his life ( twist – it is his natural
  daughter whom he has never acknowledged )


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         Adding the details
• What words or phrases could you
  highlight in the story?
• How would you communicate the
  ambivalence between love, excitement,
  joy AND fear, vulnerability, the desire to
  run away from it all?
• What would your invited reading be –
  will your story end with hope/risk
  taking?
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    Create the characters and the
               setting.
• Who walks and talks in your story?
• How many characters?
• What is their role?
• In what person are you writing ? He?
  I?
• Where does this take place? Can you
  communicate tone or mood in the
  setting?
• Where does it finish?
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                     Drafting:
• Write a brief explanation of what you are going to do
  – check this with your teacher
• Start a definite plan – write an outline of the story
• Create a draft paragraph outline
• Write the first and last paragraphs( you must know
  the ending before you start)
• Complete draft, using some of the phrases/words of
  the poem
• Then give the draft to a friend to read after they have
  read a copy of the poem
• Check the draft again – against your explanation and
  the poem
• Rework draft after you have written a longer
  explanation ( validation)
• Hand in draft; attach poem and validation
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