Event Title

Poster: The Myth Behind the Poem

Location

SRC 2000

Event Type

Poster

Start Date

10-5-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

10-5-2019 11:00 AM

Description

The poem “Narcissus and Echo” by Fred Chappell is a mythological poem about the Greek creation myths and the feeling behind two specific characters. In the first reading of the poem, Narcissus is recalling his own beauty. He is saying the only gratitude I treasure is my own, I live separated from my reflection but cannot live without it. Look in the water and see the silence of a flower, who whispers my name in air and the world becomes cloudy. This poem has two ways of reading it. The first was a point of view from Narcissus, the “echo” poem was from the point of view of Echo. She felt the empty longing for a man who will not love her (ache of unbeing) the un real love. She questions how the man who loves only himself as to how he does not have a heart as he never loves. Fred Chappell attended Duke University and author of over a dozen books, he has received many awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, and was North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1997-2002. Chappell calls poetry “the noblest secular endeavor that the human mind undertakes.” In “Narcissus and Echo,” Fred Chappelle makes sure the meaning of the poem is to show readers that there really is two sides to every story. The echo part of the poem follows the myth of the two, as well as shows Echos true feelings about Narcissus. The author uses opposite words when the speaker of the poem changes.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Higgins

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May 10th, 10:30 AM May 10th, 11:00 AM

Poster: The Myth Behind the Poem

SRC 2000

The poem “Narcissus and Echo” by Fred Chappell is a mythological poem about the Greek creation myths and the feeling behind two specific characters. In the first reading of the poem, Narcissus is recalling his own beauty. He is saying the only gratitude I treasure is my own, I live separated from my reflection but cannot live without it. Look in the water and see the silence of a flower, who whispers my name in air and the world becomes cloudy. This poem has two ways of reading it. The first was a point of view from Narcissus, the “echo” poem was from the point of view of Echo. She felt the empty longing for a man who will not love her (ache of unbeing) the un real love. She questions how the man who loves only himself as to how he does not have a heart as he never loves. Fred Chappell attended Duke University and author of over a dozen books, he has received many awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Bollingen Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, and was North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1997-2002. Chappell calls poetry “the noblest secular endeavor that the human mind undertakes.” In “Narcissus and Echo,” Fred Chappelle makes sure the meaning of the poem is to show readers that there really is two sides to every story. The echo part of the poem follows the myth of the two, as well as shows Echos true feelings about Narcissus. The author uses opposite words when the speaker of the poem changes.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Higgins