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POETRY UNIT DAY ONE. What is poetry? Famous poets have defined poetry in different ways. W.H. Auden called it “memorable speech.” William Wordsworth believed that poetry is “the spontaneous

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POETRY UNIT

DAY ONE


What is poetry? Famous poets have defined poetry in

different ways. W.H. Auden called it “memorable speech.”

William Wordsworth believed that poetry is “the spontaneous

overflow of powerful feelings,” and poet Samuel Coleridge defined it as “the best words in the best order.”

Poetry is different than prose. Prose is regular, ordinary,

everyday writing. Poetry takes more thought, planning, and

effort.


  • Other things you should know about poetry . . .

  • Poets try to convey strong meaning

  • while using the fewest number of words.

  • Each word is carefully selected.

  • Sounds and visual images are important

  • as well.

  • Poetry is meant to be more intense and

  • meaningful than ordinary language.


  • STRATEGIES FOR READING POETRY

  • Read the poem several times.

  • Keep a dictionary handy. Look up words if necessary.

  • Read the poem aloud (sound is important).

  • Interpret the figurative language used.

  • Interpret the sound devices used.

  • Read lines according to punctuation.

  • Use your senses.

  • Keep reading until you can paraphrase each stanza.

  • 9. Try to describe the author’s purpose in writing the poem.


To enhance meaning poets often use

sound devices and figurative language.


Plan your words and sounds carefully

EXAMPLE:

O – Oval eyes staring down from a tree

W – Waiting to attack

L - Looking for food

O – Ominous nocturnal eyes staring from atop an old hemlock tree

W – Waiting for the opportune moment to strike

L - Lurching from above; the kill was quick

just “ok”

BETTER!!!



RHYME SCHEME - a regular pattern

of rhyming words in a poem

The way a crow (a)

Shook down on me (b)

The dust of snow (a)

From a hemlock tree (b)

*You would say that this poem has an

“abab” rhyme scheme.


Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle

The cow jumped over the moon

The little dog laughed to see such sport

And the dish ran away with the spoon

Rhyme Scheme: ???


ASSIGNMENTS

Label the rhyme scheme for SBWOASE. DUE TOMORROW

Complete the graphic organizer on SBWOASE. Study the poem thoroughly. Write a three paragraph summary of the poem. (Write what you think it’s about.) DUE THURSDAY.

3. Memorize SBWOASE by Friday, May 8th. Practice saying it aloud. Prepare to recite it in class.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sounds the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.

But I have promises to keep.

And miles to go before I sleep.

And miles to go before I sleep.




  • HAIKU PATTERN:

  • Line #1: 5 syllables

  • Line #2: 7 syllables

  • Line #3: 5 syllables

  • EXAMPLE:

  • On my backyard fence (where it happens)

  • a cat sings his lonely song (what is happening)

  • each hot summer night (when it occurs)


  • MORE EXAMPLES:

  • Tiny hummingbirds (5 syllables)

  • dart from flower to flower (7 syllables)

  • Rainbows in motion (5 syllables)

  • One sparkling spring day (5 syllables)

  • I saw a tiny spider (7 syllables)

  • spin a web of silk (5 syllables)


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know. A

His house is in the village though; A

He will not see me stopping here B

To watch his woods fill up with snow A

My little horse must think it queer B

To stop without a farmhouse near B

Between the woods and frozen lake C

The darkest evening of the year. B

He gives his harness bells a shake C

To ask if there is some mistake. C

The only other sounds the sweep D

Of easy wind and downy flake. C

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep. D

But I have promises to keep. D

And miles to go before I sleep. D

And miles to go before I sleep. D


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