Essay on The Death and Transfiguration of Poetry

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Sagar Gohel
D. Samaha
English 2 Honors
September 30, 2012
The Death and Transfiguration of Poetry

One of the greatest poetic minds of the 20th Century once said, “Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” It was Solari’s chief aspiration to show this to the world. “The Death and Transfiguration of a Teacher” was the story of a classroom full of children that slaughtered their teacher out of the clear blue, and then, “cannibalistically disposed of her remains.”(Solari 198) The children are then individually questioned,
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Poetry gives meaning to life and is an expression of the self, but these people of the school, did not realize it. They were not real people; they were just lifeless “stuffed animals” However, once the teacher is murdered, and poetry is removed from the lives of the children, all is not as well as one would expect.
“The teacher was dead; she had been cannibalistically cut up by the girls who, after killing her, cannibalistically disposed of her remains.” (Solari 198) This story is one of much symbolic importance, and in one way, the teacher herself represents poetry in society. After the teacher was killed, the people finally realized how much she had meant to the school. The principal is shocked to see this teacher dead, but the parents of the children, are not so preoccupied with the death of the teacher. At an emergency PTA meeting held to decide what should be done with their predicament, fathers began to only worry about the damaging nature of stopping their daughters’ studies, without a single feeling of sorrow for the loss of the teacher. After all agreeing to release the information to the police and the press, the public goes mad. This was the story of a lifetime, a news reporters dream, “The whole thing was blown up in the press and newspapers sold like hotcakes,” (Solari 201) but all things come to an end at some point; after some time, all hype and confusion
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