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,
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?
Poetry Vocabulary ListKjernestoff
How to Analyze PoetryKjernestoff
Light reading or Trivial LiteratureKjernestoff
The Gothic NovelKjernestoff
Humour - a Serious MatterKjernestoff
Satire - Definition and ApproachKjernestoff
Write Your Own Short-StoryTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
How to Write a Gothic Short-StoryTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Writing a Literary EssayTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Suggested Topics for Essay WritingTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The Rough Guide to Literary StyleTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
"Whodunit" - The Classic Crime PlotTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Style and AngleTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Literature in TheoryTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Literature in the ClassroomTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
More than EntertainmentTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Old Ideas Still RuleTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Three Biblical TextsTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Planning the YearTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Suggested Themes for Oral PresentationTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
One to ReadTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Literary Terms - TaskKjernestoff
W.B.Jenkins: How the Garden GrowsKjernestoff
Henry Lawson: The Drover's WifeKjernestoff
Task: Find the Literary DevicesTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Check Your Literary VocabularyTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Literary Terms QuizTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Task: Short Story AnalysisTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The Rough Guide to Literary Style - Tasks and ActivitiesTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Literary Style - A Comparative StudyTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Why I Love Reading (audio)TilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
How to Make an Oral PresentationTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff