With this post, the LRC Blog joins the tradition of "Wordless Wednesday" practiced by bloggers the world over, posting images - that speak for themselves - on Wednesdays. This week, please enjoy the calligrammes composed by students in Professor Carolyn Shread's French 199 course this semester, a wonderful example of how students can begin to explore authentic text and authentic writing genre even from the early stages of language acquisition.
In Fall 2011, students in an Advanced Elementary French class read several of Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes poems published in 1918. Inspired by Apollinaire’s typographical experiments, students created their own Calligrammes, playing with the coincidence of visual and semantic meaning. Brenda’s calligramme takes Apollinaire’s innovation even further by representing the Chinese character for “betrayal,” which is also the subject of her poem.