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Poetry provides insight into life it takes minor details and explores them under a beautifully intricate microscope Poets provide universal insight but it is their local environment from which they derive their themes and images Saskatchewan poetry is about us our land our people and our innate connection with it Therefore the provinces poetry is personal it speaks to us in our everyday language with images that define our province and themes that evoke recessed emotions These aspects will be discussed as well as form and symbols as an introduction to Saskatchewan poetry It is a common misconception that good poetry is complex with fruitful words and hidden meanings The language in Saskatchewan poetry is often simple nevertheless it is effective in conveying messages to the reader This is evident in Sorestads Girl in the Black Lounge Chair The title itself reflects its simplistic and straightforward dialect The poem is literally about a girl in a lounge chair as she opens a letter presumably from a loved one In spite of its simplicity it is extremely touching It emphasizes the importance of the little things in life her smileand these small moments as well as the regret implicit in his statement there are so many letters I should have written The simplicity of Saskatchewanian poetic language is also highlighted in Sunday Mornings Dad and I The poem consists of a mere six words and title yet it goes a long way to convey a human relationship Hill The essence of the father-son relationship is successively captured in the singular line and reinforced by the poems form which resembles waves of relaxing heat Form is simply another means for the poet to communicate with us As a student unfamiliar with poetry it might seem inconsequential but - like all the decisions poets make in their writing - it is a deliberate choice Typically it is a visual way to emphasize reinforce andor organize a poems
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