Credited for this Lesson: Film English
Step One: View the Film discuss what you think the film is trying to say.
Step Two: Listen to the poet, Charles Bukowski reading "Blue Bird" without viewing the images
Step Three: Discuss in groups what they think the poem is trying to say
Step Four: Watch the reading of the poem with the images
Step Five: Write what type of person you think the poet is and what type of life he has led.
Step Five: Write your interpretation of the poem based on the class discussions.
Step Six: Using the two films as your inspiration, write a poem.
What is the poem about? Highlight below to see...
The poem is about our compulsion to hide and stifle our most tender and vulnerable selves underneath tough, controlled exteriors.