Backward-Looking Back Analysis

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1. How much did you know about the subject before we started?

There were three experiences that shaped my response to my topic, two of which I have described in detail in my planning document. As for the third experience, it occurred quite recently, hence why I haven’t addressed it, since I still need time to organize my thoughts on what had transpired. As I am no expert, I researched prior to writing my poem by reading through survivor stories and combining it into one, with my personal exposure with cancer to aid it. Overall, I would say that despite the fact that I knew very little, however through writing this poem I have learned considerably more.

2. What process did you go through to produce this piece?

My very first thought regarding this piece was actually a passing remark I had on my walk back home from school. I believe it was something along the lines of, “Wouldn’t be insane if someone created a poem describing cancer with horoscopes?” As much as I wanted to write about it, I quickly discarded this idea, as I not only had an idea for a poem already (schizophrenia and the importance of mental
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However, I have written poetry before in grade 10 as part of the Alberta Curriculum. It involved writing free verse and various other types of poems and formatting them into a small booklet. I was particularly proud of my “True Beauty” poem which highlighted the colossal discrepancies between self-perception and what others perceive of oneself. Usually this gap is caused by technological influences and the material we see in social media, as well as from the social norms and certain stigmas associated with beauty. Something I learned from that project was that I am particularly fond about writing about concepts that most people do not like to mention for various reasons. I have never performed my poetry in any sort of medium, especially in video
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