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Miss Rosie By Lucille Clifton. Published by Random House in Good Times in 1969 Presented by Hannah Hosick and Nichole Vieweg. Keep Miss Rosie in 2011…. This poem features many poetic devices that students can learn from.

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miss rosie by lucille clifton

Miss RosieBy Lucille Clifton

Published by Random House in Good Times in 1969

Presented by Hannah Hosick and Nichole Vieweg

keep miss rosie in 2011
Keep Miss Rosie in 2011…
  • This poem features many poetic devices that students can learn from.
  • The idea of homeless people presented in Miss Rosie connects with the issue of homeless people in today’s world.
rhythm and rhyme scheme
Rhythm and Rhyme Scheme

When I watch you A

Wrapped up like garbage B

Sitting, surrounded by the smell C

Of too old potato peels D

Free Verse: This poem features no

true rhyme scheme or rhythm.

imagery
Imagery

Sitting, surrounded by the smell

of too old potato peels

  • The sense of smell is used in this sentence to describe the unwashed smell of Miss Rosie.

Other Poetic Device

repetition
Repetition
  • The line “when I watch you” is repeated in lines 1, 6, and 12.
  • The line “I stand up” is repeated in lines 16 and 18.
  • The poet uses repetition to emphasize these lines.

Sound Device

alliteration
Alliteration

When I watch you

Wrapped up like garbage

Sitting, surrounded by the smell

  • In this sentence, thessound is presented at the beginning of sitting, surrounded, and smell.

Sound Device

hyperbole
Hyperbole

When I watch you

You wet brown bag of a woman

Who used to be the best looking gal in

Georgia

  • This is an exaggeration because it is highly unlikely that she is the “best looking gal in Georgia.”

Figurative Language

simile
Simile

Sitting, waiting for yourmind

likelast week’sgrocery

  • In these sentences, “mind” is compared to “grocery.”
  • The word like is used to link and compare “mind” with “grocery.”

Figurative Language

metaphor
Metaphor

When I watch you

youwet brown bagof a woman

  • In this sentence a bag is being comparedtothe woman.
  • A wet brown bag is saggy and dingy. This suggests that the woman is beaten down and dirty.

Figurative Language

miss rosie
Miss Rosie
  • Miss Rosie should be kept in the 2011 addition because it contains a variety of literary devices, such as alliteration, repetition, simile, etc.
  • Homelessness is presented in Miss Rosie and is also an issue in today’s world.