Poetry

Poetry
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1. Read both texts and describe the possible audience/reader reactions to each. What is the purpose of language in each?
Alfred Tennyson’s ‘the Eagle’ makes the reader to be awed by the eagle, its greatness, power, speed and ability. The way the eagle is described in the poem makes the poem feel like a good movie with many camera tricks. This is because a lot of exaggeration and metaphors are used. For example we are told ‘like a thunderbolt he falls’. The purpose of the language here is to persuade the reader. The eagle is described as being ‘close to the sun’, ‘a powerful king’. This persuades the reader of the vast power of the eagle.
The article from the encyclopedia makes the reader to feel informed about the eagle as a bird. The article does not use exaggeration of imagery but sticks to the facts about the bird. The language in this article is meant to inform the reader about the structure and behavior of the eagle.
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2. What is the poetic shift in perspective from stanza 1 to stanza 2? What is the purpose of this shift?

Stanza one is a still picture. The eagle ‘clasps’ and ‘stands’. The eagle is not in motion. In stanza two, we see the eagle in relation to motion. The bird is looking down at the ‘wrinkled sea’ and the movement of the sea is equated to a ‘crawl’. We are then told that ‘like a thunderbolt he falls’.

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3. “What is the succession of feelings conveyed by the poem?” (Use poem on next slide for your answer.)
The poem first makes the reader feel the joy and beauty associated with spring. Sentences like ‘When daisies pied and violets blue’ make the reader feel happy. The poem then feels humorous when the poet says “Mocks married men; for thus sings he,“Cuckoo! Cuckoo, cuckoo!”. Then the reader is made to feel apprehensive when the poet says ‘O word of fear, Unpleasing to a married ear!’. This apprehensiveness is brought about by the fact that there is a sense of impending doom with these words.

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4. Add metric feet and meter to your literary terms handbook.
METER
METER: The pattern of stressed (accented) and unstressed (unaccented) syllables established in a line of poetry.
TYPES OF METRICAL FEET:
IAMBIC FOOT ( u / ): two syllable foot–unstressed, stressed
TROCHAIC FOOT ( / u ): two syllable foot–stressed, unstressed
ANAPESTIC FOOT ( u u / ): three syllables–two unstressed and one stressed
DACTYLIC FOOT ( / u u ): three syllables–one stressed and two unstressed
SPONDAIC FOOT ( / / ): two syllables–both stressed
KINDS OF METRICAL LINES:
a. monometer. one-foot line
b. dimeter. two-foot line
c. trimeter. three-foot line
d. tetrameter. four-foot line
e. pentameter. five-foot line
f. hexameter. six-foot line
g. heptameter: seven-foot line
h. octometer. eight-foot line
The Seven Metric Feet
• i-AM (Say it like Dr. Martin Luther King) [Iambic]
• TRO-chee (Say it like a TOUGH guy)[trochaic]
• a-na-PEST (Say it like you are angry at Anna the PEST)[anapestic]
• DAC-ty-lic (Say it like you’ve spotted a huge dinosaur)[dactylic]
• SPON-DEE (Say it like you are a FOOT-BALL Quarterback barking
out a signal)[spondaic]
• pyr-rhic ( say it like you are so meek and very sor-ry)[pyrric]
• am-PHI-brach (croak it like a frog/amphibian—you can also hop if
you’re brave)[amphibraic]

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5. Add these terms to you Literary Terms Handbook.

Slide 11 6. Read about imagery at site listed. List three images here from T. S. Eliot’s “Preludes”:
Add types of imagery (ie. Auditory, etc.) to your Literary Terms Handbook.

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7. Read about word choice at this site. See how diction functions in “My Papa’s Waltz” Write a short paragraph explaining what you learn about diction in the poem.

In ‘My Papa’s Waltz’ diction is used on several occasions. Diction is used to show the reader that the scene is seen from the eyes of a child. When the poet says ‘such waltzing was not easy’, the lack of deeper or more detailed description of the dance makes us believe that it is a child talking. Diction in the poem is also used to convey the absurdity of the scene. The poet writes ‘my mother’s countenance could not unfrown itself’. The word countenance is unusual and the word unfrown does not exist in English grammar. The fact that the child’s mother’s facial expression was beyond the control of the mother is absurd. Diction in this sentence is used to convey the deep disapproval that the mother had in the scene.
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8. Read about figurative language and how Robert Frost uses it at this site. Choose 3 types of F.L. other than “Metaphor” and/or “Simile” and define here–add terms to you Lit. terms handbook.

Paradox- A situation or statement that contains elements that are apparently contradictory or incompatible, but on deep scrutiny may be true.
Allegory or Parable- A poem that is in the structure of a story or narrative and has a hidden meaning.
Hyberbole- a deliberate overstatement that is bold and intended to be taken figuratively.
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9. Pay careful attention and read each ‘call-out’/annotation–you will need to do your own poetic analysis soon!

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10. Read the essay and note how the analysis mirrors or uses the annotations from slide.
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11. Copy and paste the poem from the next slide onto a word document. Using the Draw program use “callouts” to annotate the poem. Using your learning from this slide show and your readings from the text, write an analysis of the poem (refer to the analysis of “Spring” as a model). Submit both in a separate document.

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12. Add the definition of lyric to your Literary Terms Handbook.

A lyric is a minutely organized whole that represents– by its imagination, diction, syntax, sentences, structural units—one or more emotions. It uses the standard resources of rhetoric (images, figures of\ speech, climax), but is not defined by them. It is defined by putting a new spin on an old emotion=imagination.
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Annotation of ‘Winter or When Icicles Hang by the Wall’

Analysis of ‘Winter or When Icicles Hang by the Wall’

The poem starts with adverbs “when” ‘then’ and ‘while’. They place the narration in a particular time and space. The adverbs are also repeated over and over in the poem. There is the use of alliterative. ‘And birds sit brooding in the snow’ ‘Then nightly sings the staring owl”. Brooding birds’ and ‘sings the staring owl’ are alliterative. The poet attributes human situations like ‘brooding’ and ‘staring’ to birds. Irony as a poetic device is used in ‘merry note’ while the song of the owl in such an atmosphere can hardly be merry!. Diction or the use of unusual words is used to emphasize feelings and atmosphere.

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