Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Journey Home

Piano Reflection
It's quite a task: learning to analyze literature. When young people are beginning that journey, we often asking them to make connections -- text to self, text to text, text to world. Tagore's "Journey Home" is a good poem for text to text connection as it carries a timeless theme that recurs oft in literature for young and old: We set out to find lives for ourselves and may ultimately find that what we seek has been in us all along -- or that our true home has been waiting the whole time for us to retrace our steps and returns. The images in this poem remind me of The Little Prince (the selected book for the first Global Read-Aloud Project). The brief reference to the multitudinous steps that one may take to create a simple melody... well, that may create text to self connections in music students. I can envision quite a discussion.