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Elements of poetry. 6 th Grade Reading. Sound devices. Most poems are meant to be heard, not just read. A poem’s sounds are often as carefully chosen as its words. Poets use sound devices to make music and to emphasize ideas .

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    1. Elements of poetry 6th Grade Reading

    2. Sound devices • Most poems are meant to be heard, not just read. A poem’s sounds are often as carefully chosen as its words. Poets use sound devices to make music and to emphasize ideas. • Rhymeis the repetition of accented vowel sounds, as in thing and sing, cryand sky. • Rhythmis a musical quality created by the alternation of accented and unaccented syllables. • Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close together, such as the s in makes still pools, and sleep-song. • Refrain is a word or line that is repeated throughout a poem to create a certain effect, such as the phrase the rain.

    3. Pete at the zoopoem by gwendolyn brooks I wonder if the elephantIs lonely in his stallWhen all the boys and girls are goneAnd there’s no shout at all,And there’s no one to stamp before,No one to note his might.Does he hunch up, as I do,Against the dark of night? • Which words rhyme at the ends of the lines? • Stressed and unstressed syllables are marked in lines 1-2. Read these lines aloud, emphasizing the stressed words. • What does the repetition of words and phrases in the boxed lines help to emphasize about nighttime at the zoo?

    4. FireworksPoem by Valerie Worth FirstA far thud.Then the rocketClimbs the air,A dull red flare,To hang, a moment,Invisible, beforeIts shut black shell cracksAnd claps against the ears,Breaks and billows into bloom,Spilling down clear green sparks, gold spears,Silent sliding silver waterfalls and stars • What sounds are repeated in the boxed line to create alliteration? • Where does the onomatopoeia—words that sound like what they mean—to help you hear the fireworks?

    5. Figurative language and imagery • Figurative languageis the use of imaginative comparisons to help you see the world in new ways. Figurative language is not literally true. • Four common figures of speech are simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. • Imagesuse sensory language to appeal to your senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Most images are visual. Figures of speech often create images.

    6. Figurative language and imagery • Simile is a comparison between two unlike things that includes the word like or as. • Example: In a high wind the leaves don’t fall but fly straight out of the tree like birds. • Metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things that does not include the word like or as. • Example: The fallen leaves are cornflakes.

    7. Figurative language and imagery • Personification is a description of an object, an animal, or an idea as if it were human or had human qualities. • Example: dry leaves talking in hoarse whispers • Hyperbole is a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to create a special effect. • Example: He turns and drags half the lake out after him