Thursday, 14 May 2015

Reflection 13

i came in late to class again. For the... I've lost count. I feel terribly sick today and i just miss my bed at home and my unlimited boxes of tissue. Anywaay, Mrs.Fa has asked us to write a short story based on one of the three given stories and that is why i am here writing this... No, not to write the short story here but to post the very last reflection. I'll definitely miss writing this blog.

On a completely different story, Mrs. Fa just taught us the term that i did have heard of before and it is called 'Cliffhanger'. The term Cliffhanger is basically what i can say as the unexpected ending of a story. It leaves readers wanting for more. And you'll never really see how the story ends but it just does unexpectedly. The tricky part is to be genius in writing the ending which we were taught just minutes ago, has three techniques. You can use a cliffhanger ending by using question, dialogue or by using descriptive scene.

Right now i think i'll proceed with another task Mrs. Fa has assigned us to do because i'm a good student hehe. Until we meet again!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Twelfth Reflection

For this possibly the last reflection I will be writing, it will be about the last class that Mrs.Fa had taught us more about the last type of poem which is called... Haiku! Haiku started in Japan and what is interesting about Haiku is, it is short but meaningful. It is short because a haiku is usually to capture a particular moment, emotion, or one's surrounding. It is special how one short haiku can tell much about a single moment. However, Haiku has a lot more types under it and that was exactly the part that made me feel as though I had been tricked. I thought there was only Haiku :(

There are four types of Haiku and all of them share one similarity. They are all unrhymed. 

The traditional Haiku has its own format. It must be written in a single stanza that consists of three lines and 17 syllables. 

The first line : 5 syllables
The second line :7 syllables
The third line: 5 syllables

There are also strictly a few themes that we could choose to write about in our Haiku such as nature, seasons, environment, people and emotions. 

The second type of Haiku is called Tanka. I must say that this is my most preferred type of Haiku because it allows me to write longer words, hehe. Tanka is also written in one stanza but consists of 5 lines and 31 syllables.

Line one : 5 syllables
Line two: 7 syllables
Line three: 5 syllables
Line four: 7 syllables
Line five: 7 syllables

The third type is called Septolet. Septolet must be written in two stanzas that consist of 7 lines with 14 syllables. It does not have any specific amount of syllables in each line but it is still tricky because of the syllable limit.

The last type of Haiku is called Lune. When I first encountered this word, it instantly reminded me of the moon. Lune is an English variation to the Japanese Haiku. It is written in a single stanza that consists of 3 lines and 13 syllables. 

The Eleventh Reflection.

I was absent on this day because I felt really, really sick. Almost sick that I could not even move a muscle... After spending more than half of the day in bed, I asked a friend if I missed anything from the Creative Writing class with Mrs.Fa and she kindly told me that they were learning more about the acrostic poem. From her last class, I only knew about the first technique of acrostic poem (where the line will start from each of the letter of a word). But in the last class I missed, Mrs.Fa taught us another two more techniques. These techniques include, putting letters at the end (the line would end with each of the letter of the word) For example,

The weather was terrifiC
The rain gave me amnesiA
To wash away what remained hard to forgeT

and lastly, putting letters in the middle (the line would start and meet the letter of the word). For example,

She refused to See the world
From his blue Eyes at least
It was always Empty when she did

She also taught them about Found Poem which is a composition from combining fragment from printed materials such as newspapers, magazines or books and rearranging them into a form of poem. The

The Tenth Reflection

I could not make it to CFS to for a quick meet up with Mrs.Fa and the others but I was nicely informed by a friend of mine that I had been included in her group that consisted of Aiz (Nazatul), Mek (Nadia) and myself. I was told that the three of us would do the assignment given by Mrs.Fa together. The assignment required us to write a short story based on a fairy tale that should not be more than five pages and two different formatted poems. But first thing first, we had to come up with a name for a group before we could comfortably start with our work. Looking at three of us, we had our own peculiar ways when interacting with others but at the same time, we were also stoked and enthusiastic for something! Therefore, we named ourselves The Vivacious Stiffs and The Vivacious Stiffs would definitely give Mrs.Fa a good piece of writing. Our group would write about the twisted tale of Rapunzel and we hoped to twist the plot as much as we could to give the element of surprise to our readers.

The Ninth Reflection.

On Monday, Mrs.Fa could not attend the class as usual. Hence, she gave us a very special task to do to refresh back our memories regarding the types of poems that she had taught us earlier. The first type of poem is called Acrostic. To do an acrostic poem, we must firstly find a word as a subject and the poem will begin with each initial letter of the word. For an example, WONDER. Each of the initial (W, O, N, D, E, R) will fall into different lines and each line will start with the initial.The second type of poem is called Diamante. It is not interesting but also creative. This seven-lined poem is written into a shape of a diamond. The first line consists of only one word that is normally the title of the poem. The second line consists of two adjectives to describe the title given. The third line consists of three different verbs about the title. The fourth line consists of four nouns that are related to the title. The fifth line must have three verbs to describe the nouns in the fourth line. The sixth line consists of two adjectives that describe the fourth line. And the last line is a word that is opposite to the first line. The final type of poem is called the Freeverse. There is no format to this one which means that it is much more relaxed because it sets no limit to the poet!

Three Poems.

1. Acrostic Poem

What the world has to keep me wandering around
Only time and my broad imagination will tell
Now and forever I will close my eyes to see
Dreams and possibilities that will answer my thoughts
Eerie it is, my thoughts will always be reborn
Reborn in this little sytem of mine.

2. Diamente Poem

Beautiful, painful
Upsetting, relieving, comforting
Joy, beauty, irritation
Tormenting, pleasing, tempting
Jolly, grumpy

3. Free verse (Happiness) 

Monotonous i was in that sweltering room,
Words continued to collide, my pale lips were stitched
This place swallowed me whole and my mistake, i let it fill me with gloom
My years were observed but no eyes were on me

My eyes could fill in any empty hole there was,
My ears could medicate my vacant soul without the presence of light
My blank stares and aimless moves were nothing brand new
And my never-ending desolation became the state in which my mind grew

Words collided and my lips were stitched still
Over the years, my childish wish became something hard to fulfill
This place had kept my weakness a secret it would never spill
It had always bothered me, this lack of thrill

That one thought invaded my system,
This room, it coaxed me with the comforting air
These eyes, they had seen me rise and fall
This place, I would never want to get out of it
I found my happiness in loneliness,
Right here where I was raised.

The Eight Reflection

The test that Mrs.Fa had prepared for us really got me worried. Worried because I thought I was ready to be as imaginative and creative as possible but I still do not think that I am pleased with the answers or essays I wrote /sighs/ On a different note, the part that I enjoyed the most was choosing any one of the characters in the given picture (there were many!) that were situated in the same location which was in a restaurant. Different characters were doing different things and I remember choosing this one skinny, short, pig-tailed hair man who was wearing a pair of round quirky glasses to write about. Maybe because the character and I have one thing in common... we are both really short people. Overall, the test really made my hand sweat! I don't think I wrote that much compared to others (I think) but it was enough to numb my hand.