1) Why did you pair this poem with this photo/art work and the article? What do the three have in common?
2) Examine the two Wordles. What important words, if any, do the poem and article have in common? Does the word cloud make you see the themes, ideas or subjects of each more clearly? How?
3) Which do you like best: the Poem, the Image or the Article? Why?
4) What does this pairing say about life today? Do you think someone looking at it 25 years from now would “get” the same meaning? What about 100 years from now?
5) What other photos, art work or ST articles could also have been paired with this poem? Why?
6) What other works of Literature, Film, or Fine Art can you think of that also echo, expand or even challenge the words and ideas of this poem?
The title of the poem caught my eye. “Lion heart” conveyed the image of a brave warrior, a person who has the courage to fight for what he believes in. I was deliberating what article to pair it with when, after logging out of my email account, I suddenly noticed an article on MSN Singapore that mentioned that the first Gold medal of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) had been won. This piqued my curiosity, and after I read it I realised that there indeed was a link to the poem. The article was more of a report on the results of the Girls’ Triathlon event, but the photograph of the winner as she dashed to the finish line enabled me to imagine the courage and bravery she possessed. I chose the image of Lyo as the photograph for this assignment because it represented the poem’s title (literally :D), and as the official mascot for the YOG it symbolises the athletes’ spirit of determination and perseverance, their valor and pride, all of which can be summed up into one apt word: lionheart. (the title of the poem that I chose!) Thus, the poem, article and photograph are all interconnected.
While there are no common words between the poem and the article, both of them share similar themes. They focus on courage, determination and perseverance, and even though they do not share any specific same words, there are some parallels that I managed to draw. For instance, “heart” is featured in the poem but not in the news article. However, it is evident that the Gold- medal winner in the YOG Girls’ triathlon event put all her heart into the race to bring glory to her country. Another example is “remember”, as this is an experience that all the athletes would most definitely remember- the pain, sacrifices, suffering, the timings, scores, results achieved. The word clouds definitely helped me to see the themes of the poem and article better, as some of the words are enlarged and coloured and ‘jump’ out at me. This enables me to see things from a different perspective, as I am forced to make meaning of single words and link them to a theme.