Miss Rosie By Lucille Clifton Analyzed by Lucas Reincke and Trevor Guntren
Background • Originated from the book of poems, “Good Times” • Published in 1969 • Rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Times
Thesis • This written work by Lucille Clifton must remain in the 2011 edition of the Glencoe 10th Grade Textbook. • It is a timeless poem which represents how change can be unfortunate on a person. • Also, this written work has an array of literary techniques that expresses a variety of messages to the reader.
Rhyme Scheme • Miss Rosie has no rhyme scheme. For Example: when I watch you [A] wrapped up like garbage [B] sitting, surrounded by the smell [C] of too old potato peels [D]
Rhythm • “Miss Rosie” has no standard rhythm; it is a free verse poem. For Example: when I | watch you  in your | old man’s shoes  with the lit|tle toe | cut out  sitting, | waiting | for your mind  like next week’s | grocery 
Alliteration • The repeating of consonant sounds is called the sound device alliteration. For Example: sitting, surrounded by the smell
Repetition • Another sound device found in this poem are same word(s) repeated, also known as repetition. example 1: I stand up through your destruction I stand up example 2: when I watch you wrapped up like garbage………. when I watch you
Imagery • There are multiple selections of imagery in this written work. For example: sitting, surrounded by the smell of too old potato peels Example 2: when I watch you in your old man’s shoes with the little toe cut out
Simile • The examples of similes are integral to this composition. for example: wrapped up like garbage example 2: sitting, waiting for your mind like next weeks grocery
Other Figurative Language • Besides similes, metaphors and hyperboles are found in this poem, they help to evince this poem by exposing the true nature of the subject. for example (metaphor): you wet brown bag of a woman for example (hyperbole): who used to be the best looking gal in Georgia
Closure • This work by Lucille Clifton is essential to the education of 10th graders in their 2011 Glencoe English book. • By showing you this presentation, I aspire that you will understand that this poem is the quintessence of poetic literature.