Essay about The Death and Transfiguration of Poetry

890 Words Dec 2nd, 2012 4 Pages
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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In the final paragraphs of the story, the principal reflects on the death of the teacher, and thinks about his “Lost opportunity to have the slain Lit teacher stuffed, and label her ‘Poet,’”(Solari 201) Even then, after her death, he wished to show the danger of poetry, as he said it, the, “Egregious flaw in the Lords creation.” This showing that even in the end, after the sacrifice of the teacher, no one had learned a single lesson.
It is no doubt that magical realism is present in this work, where the imagination and the beliefs of society come together to create something magically, beautiful. Here, in María Teresa Solari’s “Death and Transfiguration of a Teacher” is manifestation of such. Through the use of magical realism, Solari shows her readers the true significance of poetry, by narrating the frenzied repercussions of a classroom that lost all touch with poetry. Solari tried to get the message that we must realize how important poetry is in the expression of self, and as we lose grip of this art, we lose a part of ourselves. Solari may have lived in a world where poetry was lost,

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