Throughout the third term, we have separately analysed different poems. In pairs, we had to choose a poem from our classbook Songs of Ourselves and create a presentation elaborating on the background life of the author, the movement the poem was from, the meaning of the title and the literary devices that we could find, such as the theme, tone, metaphor, simile, etc… As the final project we were told to choose a picture from our camera roll and write a poem based on it.
As the first time writing a poem, it was quite challenging. Not only had I had to attempt to describe a picture including a significant meaning, but I had to manage to include 5 nouns, 5 adjectives, 5 verbs and literary devices. Moreover, I had to look up new vocabulary in order for the final words of the line to rhyme. It was difficult even choosing the photo from my camera roll as it had to portray specific characteristics in order to transmit a message. Nevertheless, once I found it, I just let my mind flow and express the thoughts flowing inside. This way, I learnt that one doesn’t have to be professional at doing something to have a good result. I never thought I could write a poem that actually made sense and was able to transmit a message at the same time that it rhymed or included literary devices. I realised that if you talk about something that is meaningful to you, the mind just flows and writes for itself what it is thinking and feeling.
Besides, I understood that sometimes a poem doesn’t have to include rhyme, and if it starts rhyming, then if its broken, it is useful to create impact on the reader and emphasise on the message. In my poem, in the first two stanzas the second line rhymes with the last line. Meanwhile, in the last two stanzas, the rhyme is broken; it is where the message is expressed, where the truth is revealed.
Throughout this year, I have taken a make-up course and am taking another one, for is something that I am fond of and find very interesting. I like to draw portraits as well as painting drawing in colour. Therefore, doing make up combines both of these hobbies, making it more enriching and enjoyable. The image is one of my models from the course, but while it may be portraying something, the insides do not capture the same.
At the beginning, I didn’t even know which photo to choose. Yet, scrolling over the pictures of my make-up course, I remembered how the use of makeup can be perceived. Many people see make-up as a paint palette used to conceal what is below and colour a completely different image above. The picture shows a pair of closed eyes coloured in satin diverse blues and strong black eyelashes. Sometimes makeup might cover so much that none of the real details are left into sight and the person may even act differently. Makeup usually transmits confidence, but also the impulse to act as a distinct person. Thus, people receive a fake or disturbed version of the real person, without getting to really know him or her.
However, makeup needn’t always have this effect. It should gracefully blend with the beauty below, just enhancing it; that’s what I love about it. Makeup does not always have a negative impact, as it may seem for what I previously stated, on the contrary, it is empowering.