Invitation (Shel Silverstein, USA 1930-1999) Four Levels of Interactions | Flax-Golden Tales
Apply the four levels of interacting with the text to “Invitation”.
Ans: i. Literal Comprehension:
American poot Shel Silverstein (the speaker in the poem) invites different persons with different natures to go with him and enjoy in the world of literature. He invites the readers who are imaginative as a dreamer or even a liar who always tells a lie, hoper who hopes for something or prayer of religious duties or person with magical power. He even invites to the pretenders who pretend to be superior or greater than others. What so ever the readers are there, all are invited by the speaker to sit by him to tell the flax-golden tales. The tales are more colorful, very much imaginative, adventurous and with many more qualities. He invites the readers four times to accompany him unfolding flax-golden tales.
The poem “Invitation” might be trying to tell to create a good readership between literature and the young generation. Modern young people are not much more interested in reading and enjoy the literature. Maybe they have not properly been invited to read. Not being interested in reading, the children are more pretenders, liars, magic bean buyers and so on. When they have the inner desire for study, they will start to read and will be co-readers to spin colorful flax-golden tales. The speaker’s intention seems much on making readers and other people to be more imaginative, creative and have much fun in the world of literature.
iii. Critical Thinking:
The basic intention of the poem seems to make people more creative and productive making a good habit of study. It has easily drawn the attention of different readers. With the repetitive structural pattern, the poet seems able to convince the readers to go with him to spin some beautiful stories. The multiple uses of ‘come’ have focused much on the importance of reading and the value of good readers. Still, we disagree at some point. So we can raise some questions of disagreement. How can one be more creative and interested in literature if there is no passion for him/ her? If a person is not interested in heart, how can he/ she read literature with keen interest? The only invitation without interest becomes useless. In short, the poem seems to arise some keen interest in reading for reading literature.
Before reading this poem, I didn’t have a keen passion for literature. I had much interest in music, song, and sports. I used to think literature doesn’t do any practical thing in our life. When I read this poem, I got a vision that literature and creative works are also the main sources of internal entertainment. Dreamer, liar, pretender, prayer all could be adjusted in the vast arena of literature. To spin flax-golden tales inspired always be charming if we don’t love reading by heart.
Write a critical summary of Shel Silverstein’s poem “Invitation” in one paragraph.
Ans: The main objective of the poem seems to make people more creative and productive having a good habit of study. It has easily drawn the attention of different. Requesting with structural pattern poet seems to be able to convince the readers to go with him to spin some beautiful stories. The multiple uses of ‘come’ have focused much on the importance of reading and the value of good readers. Still, how can one be more creative and interested in literature if there is no passion for him/ her? The only invitation without interest can become meaningless. The poem seems to arise some keen interest in reading. The main agreeable motto of this poem is to agree on the creator’s passion for youngsters for reading.
What are some techniques to deal with the text as four levels of meaning?
Ans: There come four levels or steps to deal with this type of question. We have to do it following way.
i. Literal Comprehension: This means summarizing the text. What the text intends to show we have to write in our language. In the poem, a paraphrase of the text is to write in our language. Who is the writer? Where is the story or event taken place? When did it happen? Restate the argument of the writer in the essay. In drama or play, we have just to retell what is happening in the text in our own words.
ii. Interpretation: In writing interpretation, we must write is the crux, central or thematic ideas of the lesion or the text. We have to mention which is not said directly or indirectly intended to say. The twistingly given ideas are presented in the interpretation. What is the main lesson or moral of the text is mentioned here? The main argument of the writer is specified clearly. We have to dig out the meaning behind the plot or surface of the text in this section.
iii. Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is a type of city scans of the text to find out loopholes, weaknesses, and faults of the writer. We have to present our agreements and disagreements as clearly and objectively as possible. Our duty is to separate the wheat from the chaff. We have to present what is good and what is bad? Where has the writer gone wrong? Why can’t we accept the ideas given? We have to make a critical analysis of the given text. What new contributing aspects we have got from the text are traced out.
iv. Assimilation: Assimilation focuses on some of the questions’ answers. What we got after reading the text? Is there any difference between before reading the text and after reading it? We have to realize the essences of the text by heart. We can share our similar type of experience with that of the writer. Also we can cite anyone’s life event or experience to relate to the text. What is the meaning of the text to me is the main focus of assimilation? This means, what we can utilize as readers after reading the text. Is the text able to provide you to get something that you didn’t know previously? Has the text been able to change your looking perspective to life or not? Etc. like aspects are dealt with in the assimilation part.
4. Summarize the poem “Invitation” in a single sentence.
Ans: The poet has invited to all types of reader who have creativity and productivity to take part in his programme of reciting beautiful tales so that they can enjoy in the world of literature and creativity.
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