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Song for My Name. By Linda Hogan. Published in Red Clay: Poems and Stories 1991, Greenfield Review Press. Presentation by Keragan and Kristen White . Keep in 2011 Edition…. This poem tells of the past pleasures of a dying woman’s life.

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  1. Song for My Name By Linda Hogan Published in Red Clay: Poems and Stories 1991, Greenfield Review Press Presentation by Keragan and Kristen White.

  2. Keep in 2011 Edition… • This poem tells of the past pleasures of a dying woman’s life. • In the end, the speaker tells of how her name cannot be replaced. • It has a wide variety of teachable elements; therefore, it should be kept.

  3. RhymeScheme That name is full of women with black hair and men with eyes like night. It means no money tomorrow. A B C D E There is no pattern in theRhyme Scheme; it just goes directly through the poem.

  4. Rhythm Before sunrise think of brushing out an old woman’s dark braids. Think of your hands, fingertips on the soft hair. Since it has no particular pattern, the poem is written in free verse.

  5. Parallelism Think of brushing out an old woman’s dark braids. Think of your hands, fingertips on the soft hair. • These lines are an example of parallelism, set up with the beginning of the lines the same.

  6. Motif Line 6 “If you have this name” Line 11 “That name is full of woman” Line 16 “Such a name my mother loves” Line 24 “If you have a name like this” Line 29 “It’s my name” Line 33 “It’s the name that goes with me” The word “name” is found many times in this poem, and although it is not repetition, it is motif.

  7. Metaphor “She is a white dove” The author uses metaphors to compare her mother to a dove, which shows her love for being a housewife. “And a cloud of dust follows, ghost of silence.” Here, the cloud of dust is compared to a ghost of silence.

  8. Personification In the 27th and 28th lines, Linda Hogan personifies rain… When lightning strikes, rain refuses to follow. Linda Hogan gives human-like qualities to the rain, because rain cannot physically refuse to do anything.

  9. Atmosphere It’s my name, that of a woman living between the white moon and the red sun, waiting to leave. The idea of the harsh environment suggests that the speaker will leave, and then go to a better, more sincere place.

  10. Song for My Name • In “Song for My Name”, there are many elements present that are teachable to students. • Rhyme Scheme • Rhythm • Parallelism • Motif • Metaphor • Personification • Speaker