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Thursday, August 06, 2009

On Creative Communication

Creative Communication, a third sem paper got the class thinking as to what it had to offer to the students. Creative Communication can be interpreted in many ways as seen in the class discussion held on August 1. The class came up with all sorts of ideas- a course that would help them write effectively, improve on the vocabulary, make them confident to face public stage, initiate thinking and to read text(cinema, written, painting etc) critically. Introducing a new method of teaching Mr Anil Pinto unsettled the class, urging them to not merely accept what was taught throughout the years, but to question every concept and research on the answers.

The first day class mainly dealt on the idea of 'communication' and 'creativity'. The various texts used in class was with the aim of finding the sources of crativity. With regard to different poems, like The Daffodils of Wordsworth, The Thought-Fox by Ted Hughes, Leda and the Swan by W.B Yeats, a few sources of creativity was arrived upon. According to Wordsworth, 'contemplation of previous experience' was the source of creativity. Wordsworth pens down the peom, Daffodils years after his mind had captured the beautiful and breathcatching image of an expanse of daffodils. Little did he know that this scene of nature would inspire him to pen down a poem.
The Thought-Fox which was written in the end of 19th century, begins with the words, 'I imagine' introducing the theme, that it is a poem about writing poems. According to Ted Hughes, the 'unconscious' is the source of creativity. Sigmund Freud also talks about concsious and the unconscious.
Leda and the Swan written by Yeats gives a whole new idea to source of crativity. Through his poem he speaks of the union of human and God. Leda, a beautiful human child is raped by the Greek God Zeus and the result of this violent act is the birth of Helen who is considered to be an epitome of beauty. The question that is put across in his peom is. does violenec give rise to creativity. According to Yeats, 'violence' is the source of creativity.
Formany poets like John Milton, ''Muse and God is the source of creativity. Every poem written by these peots begin with few lines to the gods seeking their blessings.
The 20th century witnessed many changes with fall of religion and kingship. Science became prominent and representation of people was the happening thing.
Rene Descarte, the 16th century philosopher, dubbed 'father of modern philosophy' was the first to have propesed the concept of mind. He separated mind and the body. In his book ' Meditations' he gives his famous line- 'I think therefore I am'
Ferdinand de Saussure is the 19 century Swiss linguist. He said that language is a signifying system. He gave the concept of langue and parole. Langue is the structure which is pre programmed and important. Parole is the creative part.


saranya said...

hello Mr pinto
this is saranya valsarajan, II MCMS student at St Aloysius.
your class gave an indsight into a area which i never thought of. the sessions have defenitely confused us which made us think of certain aspects.
but i felt that certain sessions were a bit long which was a bit boring.
thank you for making students write the updates of your class in the blog. it helps us alot.

Antony Lobo said...

Antony M. Lobo, II MCMS St. Aloysius College, Mangalore.

Two days class has made me to read more on creativity. the information which Sangeetha Gopi has posted in this blog is good. But During the class hours i was confused when Mr. Anil Pinto was dealing with Creativity by giving various examples.

Anil Pinto said...

Saranya, and Antony, good to see your comments. Glad to know that it has 'confused' you and helped you look beyond the classroom. I look forward to more interesting sessions.

Sandhya said...

Dear Mr Pinto

This is Sandhya D'Souza student of II MCMS. Your class was very helpful. I liked the way you introduced new concepts which made us think.

After your class whichever poem i read or painting i see i try to analyze it and try to search for a new meaning.

It would be great... if in the next class if you tell us something on Modern Art..... I went to an art gallery the other day and was really confused seeing the paintings...


Anil Pinto said...
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Anil Pinto said...

Sandhya, next class will deal with the various methods of analyzing painting.

Sajna said...

Hello Mr. Pinto,
The classes, i must say presented a very extra-ordinary opportunity for learning. The experience was something like the ripples formed in a pond after throwing a stone in it. At first, it was all a haze, and then things began to be clear. I appreciate your way of getting us to question things before accepting them, whatever or whoever be the source.
Sangeetha's post has quite covered all aspects of the class.Langue and parole could have been dealt with a little more in detail. In my understanding, langue is what is already created and is given to you whereas parole is the creative part-what you can do.
On a lighter note, I would like to thank you for that poem-writing exercise. Honestly, the outcome caught me by surprise; considering I've never been into poem writing before!!