Today's workshop is about romantic love. The poetry we use in this workshop runs the gamut, from song lyrics to Yeats to urban hip-hop. Although romantic love is a universal theme in the world of poetry, youth have had limited exposure to it. Some youth might not find the theme engaging; others might find it embarrassing. Gauge your group, and remember to keep the workshop fun and active.
With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life.
GoalsThis workshop will:
- Identify and investigate cultural and personal ideas about romantic love
- Call upon poets' voices, including our own, to explore different aspects of love
- Address the question, how does one keep one's identity while falling in love?
- Optional: Compare and contrast love poems
- Optional: Provide ideas for organizing a Poetry Pajama Party for children in the congregation
- Question and express their attitudes about romantic love
- Compare their notions of romantic love to those of society, as viewed through poetry and fairy tales
- Examine their feelings about one aspect of romantic love in particular: that of becoming "one" with another person
- Optional: Share their love of poetry with children by hosting a Poetry Pajama Party