Pictures with words. Poetry techniques and tools . Figurative Language or Figures of Speech. Simile – A comparison of two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”. Exs. The wind roared like a lion. “How dreary to be Somebody, How public, like a Frog!”
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How public, like a Frog!”
(Emily Dickinson, “I’m Nobody”)
Mike was ahead of his class in
math by a mile. Only in spelling was
he in hot water.
studied very hard. Finally, he could
see a light at the end of the tunnel.
(From “Onomatopoeia” by Eve Merriam)
“Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She’d scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out!”
(From “Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout
Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by
Rhythm – The patterns of beats, or stresses, in spoken language.
Read, “Martin Luther King” on the next slide.
How many beats, or syllables, are in each line?
“He came upon an age He taught this suffering Earth
Beset by grief, by rage- The measure of man’s worth.
His love so deep, so wide, He showed what man can be
He could not turn aside. Before death sets him free.
His passion so profound,
He would not turn around.
Did you count 6 beats in each line? That gives the poem a regular rhythm, like a drumbeat.