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Poetry Essay Examples

Anglo-Saxon Poetry, The Seafarer and The wanderer, The Wife’s Lament

Six characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry alliteration, epithets, kennings, understatements, repetition, and caesuras Define alliteration the repetition of the 1st consonant sound in a single line of poetry Define epithets an adjective only used for describe a certain noun Define kennings two nouns to describe one well-known noun Define understatements a statement making a scene less…

Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art by John Keats

What is the poem alluding to? The North Star (a.k.a. Polaris) Why does the author want to be like the star? The star is never changing Who wrote “Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art” John Keats You can infer that the narrator in the poem is a what, because he is referring…

9th Grade: Poetry Unit

aesthetic effects the reactions a reader has to the form, content, and/or beauty of a work and that engender enjoyment or an emotional reaction in that reader EX- When I read “Ode to my socks” I wished that I wore socks that day, I also thought it was a funny poem. alliteration the repetition of…

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Mary Oliver – A Poetry Handbook vocabulary

Alexandrine A pure iambic, six-foot line Alliteration The repetition of the initial sound of words in a line or lines of verse Allusion A reference to something that belongs properly to a world beyond the specific sphere of the poem Anapest Two light stresses followed by a heavy stress Assonance The repetition of vowel sounds…

Sonnets and metaphysical poetry

Sonnet a poem usually of 14 lines in which the poet examines two usually contrasting ideas, emotions, states of mind, beliefs, actions, events, images, etc., by juxtaposing the two against each other, and possibly resolving or just revealing the tensions created and operative between the two 3 types of sonnets • Italian • Spenserian and…

English Poetry Timeline

the colonial era 17th Century in British colonies Primarily metaphysical and devotional Imitative and derivative of British poetry Famous poets: Anne Bradstreet (1st book of American poetry, 1650) Edward Taylor the “Connecticut Wits” Began at Yale in mid-18th century Primarily satirical in nature Patterned after famous British satirists such as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and…

ASL Clayton Valli

Valli got his PhD in what ASL poetry Where did Valli teach Gallaudet Valli’s poetry is captured on two videos, Poetry in _____, and ASL Poetry: Selected Works of Clayton Valli. motion Valli believed ASL poetry was something for everyone to _____ and enjoy. create Some of Valli’s best known works are “Dandelion”, _____, and…

sonnet test – sonnet and pastoral poetry background

sonnets developed by petrarch petrarch was an italian poet a group of related sonnets that tells a loose story and has repitition of themes sonnet sequences definition of sonnet a poem of 14 lines written in iambic pentameter common themes of sonnets idealized love, beauty, the passing of time, youth/aging common literary devices in sonnets…

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)…

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…

Grade 10- poetry terms:sound devices, structure, types AND Literature

onomatopoeia A word that imitates the sound it represents. rhyme Repetition of sounds at the end of words alliteration Repetition of sounds at the beginning of words consonance Repetition of a consonant sound within two or more words in close proximity. assonance Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity…

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…

Comparative Analysis

0906 Writing May 30, 2011 Comparative Analysis The poem “Against Idleness and Mischief” written by Isaac Watts and the poem “How Doth the Little Crocodile” written by Lewis Carroll are two pieces of work that are always being compared and contrasted. The two poems are written by different poets in different times, however, they are…

‘Frost at Midnight’

‘Frost at Midnight’ written by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes the scene of the writer sitting in his cottage as his son sleeps beside him on a winter night, reminiscing of childhood that of his own and of his child. The stanzas are written through the first person narrative, providing a scene of intimacy…

Theme of Childhood in The Prelude and The Schoolboy

Romanticism, a literary trend during the period between 1780 and 1830, was heavily influenced by the social and political changes of the era experienced in Great Britain. These changes were a catalyst in literature as writers, in particular poets, produced highly influential and memorable work. Within these works major themes could be detected such as…

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Ashleigh Waters Poetry 2027 Josef Horacek 21 November 2011 Dulce Et Decorum Est “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen is a war poem written to show the cruel reality of war. Owen uses his own experience of World War I in his poetry in order to depict the true horror of warfare. During the…

Renaissance Period and 17th Century Poetry

estate satire Estates satire praised the glories and purity of each class in its ideal form, but was also used as a window to show how society had gotten out of hand. Frame Narrative a story that allows other stories inside of it The Renaissance • The rebirth of classical learning • Philosophy of the…

March Madness Poetry Terms

Accent the emphasis or stress placed on a syllable, especially in a line verse. When marking accents, a “U” stands for unstressed and a “/” stands for stressed. Accented Rhyme rhyme with emphasis on the end of words in a line. AKA a masculine or rising rhyme. Alexandrine in French prosody a line of twelve…

Meter and Scansion- Poetry

amphibrach a foot with unstressed, stressed, unstressed syllables ex- chicago anacrusis an extra unaccented syllable at the beginning of a line before the regular meter begins ex- mine / by the right / of the white / election amphimacer a foot with stressed, unstressed, stressed syllables ex- attitude catalexis an extra unaccented syllable at the…

"Sound and Sense" Poetry Terms – Duple meter – Irony

Duple meter a meter in which a majority of the feet contain two syllables. Iambic and trochaic are both this End rhyme rhymes that occur at the ends of the lines End-stopped line A line that ends with a natural speech pause, usually marked by punctuation English (Shakespearean) sonnet A sonnet rhyming ababcdcdefefgg. Its content…

Metaphysical and Cavalier Poetry and Authors

what does metaphysical poetry refer to? the work of group of English lyric poets from the 17th century (not its own movement Who coined this term and when? Samuel Johnson in 1744 metaphysical concerned with abstract thoughts or subjects, like existence, causality, or truth; highly abstract or subtle Sig Fig Poets John Donne and George…

The topic of nature in 17th Century poetry

The topic of nature is present in a number of the poems of the seventeenth century writers John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Indeed, in Marvell’s ‘The Garden’ and ‘The Mower Against Gardens’, nature is arguably the central theme, and in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, the natural world is referred to throughout. However, when one considers that…

Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar- Poetry

I know why the caged bird sings! The line suggests that at the end of the poem the speaker realizes what it like to have no freedom. To show he is not singing because he is happy The poet includes the words “It is not a carol of joy or glee” To emphasize the pain…

Poem 1-A Poison Tree (Conflict Poetry)

Theme 1 that the poem uses? THEME- Anger-How we deal with angry is extremely important EVIDENCE/QUOTES- ‘I was angry with my friend/I told my wrath, my wrath did not end’ ‘I was angry with my foe/I told it not, my wrath did grow’ ANALYSIS- The first stanza deals with two different ways of dealing with…

POETRY, MOOD & TONE, SOUND DEVICES

MOOD The overall feeling or emotion felt by the reader. TONE The author’s attitude toward his subject; sets the mood. POETRY Literature written in verse with a blend of imagery and sound to tell a story or create an emotional response. VERSE A single line of poetry. STANZA A group of lines within a poem;…

American Literature II Final Exam

American Literature 1914-1945 (p. 653-672 Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Poetry (p. 674-676 “Richard Cory” “Miniver Cheevy” “Mr. Flood’s Party” – Eben flood: Eb & Flow “Only a very little, Mr. Flood– For auld lang syne. No more, sir; that will no.” So, for the time, apparently it did, And Eben evidently thought so too: For soon…

Out of the Dust Poetry Terms

alliteration repetition of beginning sound in poetry onomatopoeia using words that imitate the sound they denote metaphor a comparison without using like or as simile comparison using “like” or “as” cliche metaphors and similes that have been overused so they are no longer fresh personification the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc….

Meta Poetry: Poetry about Poetry

Read the excerpt from “Poetry.” In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand, the raw material of poetry in all its rawness and that which is on the other hand genuine, you are interested in poetry. What is the theme of this excerpt? Poetry should convey truthful content and emotion. Which words from…

English 10 A Unit 1 Pretest

Identify the subject and mood of the poem. Discuss how the poet’s use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism contribute to the reader’s understanding. There’s a resentful mood. There is personification, imagery, and figurative language. Her mother’s house represents the attitude of her mother; the walls stood at attention, the air knew to hold its…

English 10 A Unit Test

“Metonymy” is best defined as a figure of speech in which one noun is substituted for another with which it is closely associated Which excerpt best reflects Byron’s appreciation of beauty? “the nameless grace/Which waves in every raven tress” “Conceit” is best defined as a lengthy or extended metaphor Which of the following techniques does…

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