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  • 1. What is poetry?
    • on a piece of notebook paper, please define the word “poetry”
  • 2. Now, on page 467 please read the definition the textbook offers.
    • How is this definition similar to or different from the definition you came up with?
  • 3. POETRY
    • “ fill the page with the breathings of your heart...”
  • 4. What is Poetry?
    • “ the music of language”
    • an art form
    • “ Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.” Voltaire
    • “ Writing a poem is discovering.” Robert Frost
    • “ Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
  • 5. Form and Structure
    • arraigned in lines and stanzas
    • line: horizontal row of words
    • stanza: group of lines forming a unit and separated from the next stanza by a line of space
  • 6. Language of Poetry
    • Figure of speech: word or an expression that is not literally true but expresses some truth beyond the literal level
    • Simile: using like or as to compare two seemingly unlike things
      • She laughs like wild water, shaking her braids loose...
    • Metaphor: compares two or more things by implying that one thing is another.
      • the spring rain is a thread of pearls...
    • Personification: giving human characteristics to an animal , object, or idea.
      • Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, and often is his gold complexion dimmed...
  • 7. Imagery
    • descriptive language used to represent objets, feelings, and thoughts. It often appeals to one or more things of the five sense: sight hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
      • In a shoe box stuffed in an old nylon stocking sleeps the baby mouse I found in the meadow where he trembled and shook beneath a stick.
  • 8. The Sound of Poetry
    • Rhyme: repetition of a final stressed vowel and succeeding sounds in two or more words.
      • Internal rhyme: within lines of poetry
      • End rhyme: pattern formed by words at the end of the lines of poetry
    • Rhythm: pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line.
    • Meter: a regular rhythm.
  • 9. The Sound of Poetry
    • Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
      • peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers...
    • Consonance: repetition of consonant sounds within words or at the ends of words
      • Lady lounges lazily
      • Dark deep dread
    • Assonance: the repetition of vowel sounds within non rhyming words
      • fleet feet sweep by sleeping Greeks
    • Onomatopoeia: use of a word or phrase such as swoosh or clank that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes
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