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Myles Hilbert, Poetry Unit Lit Term Cards

alliteration Repetition of initial consonant sounds Example: “bugles blowin” in “Danny Deever” by Rudyard Kipling is an example of alliteration. allusion A brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. Example: “knight-at-arms” in “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats is an example of Read More

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Spring Final English(Poetry vs. Prose)

Prose First word of each sentence is capitalized. Prose Ideas are arranged in sentences that are arranged in paragraphs Prose There are no line breaks. Sentences run to the right margin. Prose Looks like large blocks of words Prose Language is typically straightforward without much decoration Prose Most writing is in this form Poetry Language Read More

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haiku and Basho

Lexicon Critical vocabulary, feelings and emtions. Kokoro Mind and feeling of the poetry Amari no kokoro Heart and soul of poem Mono no kokoro Natural poignancy of things Aware Feeling Kajitsu Great and beautiful poem Ka Surface Jitsu Core Wit Cleaverness Irony Surprise Wabi Simplicity Sabi Aloneness Wabi sabi Ideal. Simple and solitude. Edo Birth Read More

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Poetry Checklist: The Street

Octavio Paz 1914-1998 imagery blackness, doorless, silent number of stanzas 2 connotation problems none because it is translated metaphor running literally and running from himself personification silent stone, silent street symbolism corners of the street = corners of his mind speaker paranoid person, maybe homeless tone eerie, dark depressed irony when he sees me: nobody- Read More

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types of verse, meter, rhyme, poetic devices, and figurative language

lyric subjective, reflective poetry with regular rhyme scheme and meter which reveals poet’s thoughts and feelings to create a single, unique impression narrative non-dramatic, objective verse with regular rhyme scheme and meter which relates a story or narrative sonnet a rigid 14-line verse form, with variable structure and rhyme scheme according to type: Shakespearean (English) Read More

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English – Poetry/Grammar

personification giving human qualities to animals or objects alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sounds in a sequence of words, usually at the beginning of a word or stressed syllable: “descending dew drops”; “luscious lemons”; is based on the sounds of letters, rather than the spelling of words. can intensify ideas by emphasizing Read More

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Colonial American Poetry

Elate make someone really happy Faction small organiaed group that disagrees with the larger group thats normally in pokotics languished suffer from being forced to be in an unfamiliar situation strain to force oneself to make a large effort Redress a remade or payment for a wrong Tyranny cruel and oppressive government rule Peruse Examine Read More

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English tanka

Haiku Traditional Japanese 3 line poem Prefigures the “Romantic” movement Celebrates nature over civilization Values emotion and imagination over reason Haiku/Tanka Explore harmony between mankind and nature, need for solitude, discovery of true self by means of nature Pre-dates the European “movement” by a century and more. Matsuo Basho 1644-1694 Matsuo Basho Greatest of Japanese Read More

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Metaphysical-Cavalier English 3

time period 17th century, 1625-1660bce English Civil War between cavaliers (support king) vs. roundheads (puritan peeps who back parlament) Oliver Cromwell head of puritans, arrests Charles 1st, set up Republic of England/ English commonwealth, wanted to unite nation but divided, stubborn, ruled 1653-1658 what other nations support the cavaliers Scottland (support charles 2nd) and irish Read More

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Poetry Scansion Quiz

1 Foot monometer 2 Feet dimeter 3 Feet trimeter 4 Feet tetrameter 5 Feet pentameter 6 Feet hexameter 7 Feet heptameter 8 Feet octameter iamb (iambic) unstressed, stressed trochee (trochaic) stressed, unstressed anapest (anapestic) unstressed, unstressed, stressed dactyl (dactylic) stressed, unstressed, unstressed spondee (spondaic) stressed, stressed phyrric (phyrric) unstressed, unstressed