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  1. Poetry Mia Pippin

  2. The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Wednesday February 12th

  3. Diction • Connotative – speaker says “then took the other, as just as fair” rather than saying the paths were equal • Concrete- descriptive of physical paths in woods • Largely polysyllabic- “and having perhaps the better claim” • Use of simply words/ easy to understand • A semi-negative connotation “I shall be telling this with a sigh”

  4. Images • “In a yellow wood” • “In leaves no step had trodden black” • “It was grassy and wanted wear” • “Two roads diverged”

  5. Details • The last stanza is as follows; “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one last traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” The speaker implies through this stanza that the roads are metaphorical of two choices in the speakers life. We can also imply that the choice made by the speaker changed his life forever, yet he always wonders what the other choice would have brought.

  6. Language • Language reflects education and intelligence Ex, “Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.” • Simple words; yellow wood, looked down, long I stood • Figurative language “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” metaphorical for two choices in life • Poetic language “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”

  7. Sentence Structure • Four Stanzas • Rhyme Scheme; • A B A A B • Wood, Both, Stood, Could, • Undergrowth • Largely multi-clause and phrase sentences • “And both that morning equally lay in leaves no step had trodden black.”

  8. Fire and Ice By Robert Frost Thursday February 13

  9. Diction • Denotative with the ways the world will end “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice” • Connotativewith the speaker’s emotions towards the two “from what I’ve tasted of desire…” • Abstract; an idea of the end of the world • largely monosyllabic “I think I know enough of hate” • Simple words and phrases • Negative “world will end” “hate” “destruction”

  10. Images • The world will end in fire • The world will end in ice

  11. Details • Speaker says two lines that give clear details about their life “From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire” And “I think I know enough of hate to say that for destruction ice is always great” • These two lines imply that the speaker has had a bad past with both desire and hate, bad enough that he believes they could contribute to the end of the world

  12. Language • Language reflects education and intelligence • Use of simple words, the most complex being “desire” “perish” and “destruction” • Figurative language “if I had to perish twice” • Fire= passion • Ice= hatred

  13. Sentence Structure • 1 stanza • Rhyme scheme a b a a b c b c b A- fire, desire, fire B- ice, twice, ice, suffice C- hate, great • Short choppy sentences

  14. Because I could not stop for Death By Emily Dickinson Weekend Homework

  15. Diction • Connotative “because I could not stop for death- he kindly stopped for me” • Abstract- personification of death • Monosyllabic; “I first surmised the horses’ heads” • Extremely ornate • A negative event portrayed in a positive manner

  16. Images • “We slowly drove” • “We passed the school, where children strove” • “We passed the fields of gazing grain” • “We passed the setting sun” • “for only gossamer, my gown” Images describe the speakers journey with death

  17. Details • All of the details and images provided support the fact that the speaker has in fact died • The details tell of the progression from the speakers point of death • Speaker says how death “kindly stopped for me” and how they “were towards eternity” references to death

  18. Language • Language reflects education and intelligence • Ornate and figurative • Extremely poetic • Reflects the language of someone experiencing death • Reflects the language of someone mature

  19. Sentence Structure • 6 stanzas • Rhyme scheme; A b c b in some of the stanzas (except for stanza 3) • Multiple clause and phrase sentences • Long flowing, mature sentences