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?
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