Peeling Back the Layers. “Sister”. Essential Questions. How does understanding the sound devices an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem? How does understanding the figurative language an author uses, contribute to our understanding of the poem?
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How does this relate to real life?
Understanding sound devices and figurative language allows you to gain insight to the true or intended meaning.
She is holding my hand
but I can’t remember it,
whether it was something automatic
like smiling for the camera
or whether our mother had to say
take her hand, come on.
Mostly we remember
who hit who first,
who was pushed off the sled,
who tattled to father,
all that stale history still
squashed between us 30 years later.
It becomes easier every year
to think it is too late,
we are too different now,
the letter at Christmas as much
as there will ever be.
But still I return to the old albums,
touch the glassy photographs
with their secrets sealed in.
My fingertips find the two small faces
I want to forgive, find
The sister holding my hand.
By understanding the sound devices an author decides to use in a poem, you gain insight to the meaning and feeling of the poem.
By understanding the figurative language an author decides to use in a poem, it will allow you as the reader to discover the author’s intended meaning.
It is important to decipher literal and figurative meaning because you then realize that a word, phrase or statement can have more than one meaning.