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The Language of Poetry

Poetry
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Language is the personal or private choice of words the speaker uses to express himself. Poetry makes pictures with words.

  • Are there any words that are repeated or that stand out?
  • Are the sentences long or short?


Imagery
- the words used in a way to create pictures in our minds. These words in turn appeal to our senses: hear, see, taste, and feel. A poet may evoke pictures through:

Symbols - when a word stands not only for itself (a literal meaning), but also stands for something else (a figurative meaning).

Similes - a direct comparison between two things using the words "as" or "like".

See an example of a simile in the following poem by William Wordsworth,

I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud

Metaphors – an indirect comparison between two things without the use of “as” or “like”.

See an example of a metaphor in the poem by Sarah Teasdale There Will Come Soft Rains

“Robins will wear their feathery fire, Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;…” (The metaphor of robins that are personified as humans wearing their feathers as coats which keep them warm)

  • What sense/senses are evoked (vekket) in the poem?
  • Can you find any symbols in the poem?
  • What similes or metaphors are used in the poem?

Learning content

Literary analysis

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    Literary Terms

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    Poetry Vocabulary List

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    Literary Genres

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    Historical Fiction

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    Light reading or Trivial Literature

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    Biographies

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    Children's Literature

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    The Gothic Novel

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    Science Fiction

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    Crime

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    Humour - a Serious Matter

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    Female Literature

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    Satire - Definition and Approach

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    Rhythm (advanced)

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    Sound

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    Themes

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    Write Your Own Short-Story

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    A Collection of Literary Animations

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    How to Write a Gothic Short-Story

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    Writing a Literary Essay

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    Suggested Topics for Essay Writing

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    The Rough Guide to Literary Style

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    "Whodunit" - The Classic Crime Plot

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    Style and Angle

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    Literature in Theory

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    Literature in the Classroom

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    Text Appeal

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    More than Entertainment

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    Old Ideas Still Rule

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    Three Biblical Texts

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    Link Library

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    Planning the Year

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    Suggested Themes for Oral Presentation

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    One to Read

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    Literary Terms - Task

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    W.B.Jenkins: How the Garden Grows

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    Henry Lawson: The Drover's Wife

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    Inspiration

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    Task: Find the Literary Devices

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    Check Your Literary Vocabulary

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    Literary Terms Quiz

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    Task: Short Story Analysis

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    The Rough Guide to Literary Style - Tasks and Activities

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    Literary Style - A Comparative Study

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    Why I Love Reading (audio)

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    How to Make an Oral Presentation

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