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  1. Poetry English 2 Mrs. Luehrs

  2. Day 1: Metaphor vs. Simile and Symbol • MetaphorA comparison between essentially unlike things without an explicitly comparative word such as like or as. An example is "My love is a red, red rose," • SimileA figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like, as, or as though. An example: "My love is like a red, red rose.“ • Symbol An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself.

  3. Day 1 continued…. • Similes: Create a simile by filling in the blank. Try to appeal to each of the senses at least once. Remember to compare two unlike things. Example: Susie was as low as a snail. (do this 10 times) • As_________________ as _________________ • Metaphor: Create a metaphor by comparing two unlike items. Example: The football player is an ox. (do this 10 times) • Symbol: Create a phrase describing the following items as a symbol: Example: The cat showed his adventurous spirit by sneaking around the dog. • Flag, car, glasses, fire, sunset, razor, egg, shoe, roses, newspaper • These are due Day 2 at the beginning of class!

  4. Day 2: Metaphor, Simile and Symbol • Take out your lists of metaphors, similes and symbols • Choose your favorite metaphor, simile, and symbol and put a star next to it • Be prepared to share them with the class when the bell rings. • Let’s share your work!!!! 

  5. Day 2: In-text use of metaphor, simile and symbol • Read “A Red, Red Rose” and “Dream Deferred” (page 2) • Underline the metaphors • Squiggle under the similes • Circle the symbols • Homework: Create a poem of 15 lines or more using any of the metaphors, similes or symbols that we’ve talked about so far. Compose it on page 3 of your poetry packet in the space provided.

  6. Day 3: Personification • PersonificationThe endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts with animate or living qualities. An example: The flags waving or the sky crying • Read “I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud” • Underline the uses of personification in that poem

  7. Day 3: Emotions and Personification • Take out a ¼ sheet of paper • Tear it in half and write down two emotions (one on each) • Fold them in half and hold them in the air so that I can collect them • Turn to “The Falcon” in your poetry packet • As I read the poem, underline any examples of personification that you notice in the poem.

  8. Personification Continued • What sections did you see personification being used? • Passages about sadness • How does the speaker want to abandon sadness? • It is your goal to personify their emotion as though it were a real, tangible thing

  9. Personification Activity • Select an emotion from the “hat” • Free-write using that emotion • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are stuck • Compose your poem on the space provided in your packet.

  10. Day 5: Descriptive Language • Grammar Review • Noun: Person, place, thing or idea • Verb: Action word • Adjective: Word that describes a noun • A good poet uses fewer adjectives than nouns or verbs. They typically rely on vivid language to paint their imagery.

  11. Day 5: Continued… • Read “The Passionate Shepherd to Love” in your poetry packet. This poem is about a shepherd who was willing to promise anything to a young woman if she would only be his love. Could she believe him? • After reading the poem, complete the chart on page 9 of your poetry packet

  12. Day 6: Lyrical Poetry • Quick write (page 10 of your poetry packet) • Make a list of all the decisions you have to make on a daily basis, no matter how minor. • List what sorts of things influence you when you make those decisions • Be prepared to share one decision and its influence at the end of five minutes

  13. Day 6: Continued… • Term originally derived from the Greek word meaning 'for the lyre' and indicating verses that were written to be sung. However, more recently the term 'lyric' has been used to refer to short poems, often written in the 'I' form, where the poet expresses his or her feelings e.g. The Lake Isle of Innisfreeby W.B.Yeats or Londonby William Blake. • Turn to page 11 in your poetry packet • What about these poems make them lyrical?

  14. Day 6: Continued… • Read “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost on page 12 of your poetry packet • Write down what you believe the literal meaning of the poem is. • Underline three words which connote emotion and identify any symbolism • What is the metaphorical meaning and the theme?

  15. Day 7: Writing the Ocean…using imagery in poetry • The creation of images using words. Poets usually achieve this by invoking comparisons by means of metaphor or simile or other figures of speech.

  16. Day 7: Continued… • Turn to page 13 of your poetry packet • Read “The Sea” • How does Kerouac “mock” the sound of the sea? • What does Kerouac mean when he writes “these words/are affectations/of sick mortality”? • Why do you think the speaker is afraid of the sea? • What is the effect of the dashes in the poem? How do they affect the rhythm of your reading? • Kerouac makes up a lot of words in this poem. Can you find some? Why do you think he does this?

  17. Day 8: Inferences • The process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true. • Read “I’m Nobody! Who Are You!” by Emily Dickinson on page 14 of your poetry packet • Make sure that you are reading between the lines • What is the poet trying to make you understand? • Complete the graphic organizer that is below the poem

  18. Day 9 & 10: Independent Poetry Reading • Choose three of the poems in the Independent Reading Section of your poetry packet • Complete a Independent Reading guide for each of the ones you choose • Don’t forget to complete the response section on the worksheet.

  19. Day 11: Emulation • Emulate • Imitation of another. • Rhyme Scheme • the pattern of rhyming lines in a poem or in lyrics for music. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme • Rhythm: • the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line • When you emulate poetry, you use the same style/rhyme scheme as a specific poet

  20. Day 11: Continued • Read “We Are Seven” by William Wordsworth and emulate his style through his rhyme scheme and rhythm • Your title should be “We are________”

  21. Day 12: Emulation • Read “I Said to Dana’s Mother” by Naomi Shihab Nye • Emulate her poem • Your poem title should be: “I Said to _____________”

  22. Day 13: Emulation • Read “Do Not Go Gentle into the Goodnight” by Dylan Thomas • Emulate his poem • Your poem title should be: “Do Not Go Gentle into the _____________”

  23. Day 14: Emulation • Read “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost • Emulate his poem • Your poem title should be: “Stopping by the ____________ on a _____________"

  24. Day 15: Sharing Emulations • Take out your emulations • Choose your favorite one • Be prepared to share it with the class