When I first looked hard at in depth I saw an opportunity to do anything. Now while originally my mind wandered from learning to make sushi, learning to mountain bike and everything in between it wasn’t until I sitting at home on my laptop that I realized I knew practically nothing about web-based programming. While I considered myself to be fairly well educated in programming with games, apps or, object orientated programming (oop for short) I had managed to grow a giant blind spot when it came to the internet.
After that it was fairly clear that I wanted to learn about it. Of course before I did anything I quickly checked that it was not covered by programming 12 for I have the full intention to take it next year. Once I discovered that it did not (no real surprise there) the final immediate hurdle was finding a mentor which I found out was no easy task.
First off, it was near impossible to find anyone locally and all those I could find simply did not care. Then I realized that he who had already taught me most of what I know what likely be happy to teach me once again. Thankfully, I was right. Now even though he may be younger than I am when it comes to programming I consider him in every way my superior. Now even though I may not be a high bar he still has proven again and again that he can be an innovator and when he does the world listens. Not only was he sponsored to go to the HTML 500 event but he was also able to go to the Canada Wide science fair in New Brunswick for some of his code.
In the end I am so glad to be pursuing programming once again and I am so happy that it will be Mike teaching me.
For my poetry project I decided to look at five different types of poetry and then create a couple samples for the styles I studied. Fairly early in I found that love poetry actually felt far more powerful than most of the story based poetry styles. After I had decided my two favorite styles it was time to get to work. The process of writing the poetry both took longer and shorter than I had expected for backwards poetry proved easier than was expected, whereas the acrostic poem proved quite a challenge.
Writing the poetry was the best part of the project. You are able to just release your deepest thoughts and desires onto the page without any fear of rejection. Although creating the acrostic poem put me far behind schedule the time it took to create the backwards poem was so much faster than had expected once I figured out the trick to it. The trick was to create everything in two or three line bunches keeping in mind whether the non-fact line denied or accepted that which was above it. From there you just need to match the couplets together and then you have a poem!
I learned that writing poetry feels different than any other kind of writing. You are trying to make the reader feel you. You want them to understand your pain and struggle while still leaving them uplifted at the end. While that may sound impossible it is actually simpler than it sounds. With backwards poetry from the start you are constructing that tale provided you are writing the bottom while you’re writing the top. On the way down you can fill it with nothing but sadness and lost dreams and desires but on the way up you need be certain that you are still striving for them.
I also learned a little bit about showmanship through the presentation. When I presented my backwards poem on the way down I could see confusion and sadness on the face of my readers. But when I started to read from the bottom back up to the top the look of surprise and amusement was unmistakable on everyone’s face. Unfortunately near the end on the way down I read to fast and there was a small gap in time before the poem began to read back. Those few seconds could have been used to say any number of things that would only have made it more powerful unfortunately I am not an improviser. Those seconds were only used to confuse my audience and that is something I never want to have happen again.
In conclusion this project was surprisingly enlightening. While I was unsuccessful on modifying traditional styles of poetry, creating what I did still taught me much about the art as well as about myself. It was a magical experience and I hope to keep practicing and creating for a good long while.