Understanding poetry

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Presentación preparada para la clase de lectura de textos académicos en inglés III.

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Understanding poetry

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING POETRY
  2. 2. Is it important to read poetry?Poetry might be defined as the language of imagination, poetry uses words to open the doors of the mind, to light up new or negleted rooms of the imagination.Poetry is an imagination machine and imagination is what determines the qualities of our inner lives.
  3. 3. Poetry deals with emotions• What emotions did you feel with “let it be”?Angry, annoyed, confused, confident, depressed, delighted, excited, ecstactic, furious, frightened, intrigued, negative, over the moon, reluctant, terrific, terrible, wonderful.
  4. 4. Connotation and denotationDictionary definitions of words are called denotative. These are the straight meanings, the obvius, literal meanings of words. But in real world words mean more depending of the context.In the text, we interpreted the image of Mother Mary not only as the female godess in catholic imaginary but as the spirit of Music that wispers words of wisdom…We did so because of the verses :there is still a light that shines on me/ I wake up to the soud of music… In so doing we are entering the CONNOTATIVE FUNCTION OF POETRY LANGUAGE.
  5. 5. THE IMAGES IN THE TEXT CONCRETE AND ABSTRACT.Words like:TIMES OF TROUBLEHOUR OF DARKNESSBROKEN HEARTED PEOPLEPARTEDCLOUDY NIGHTSA LIGHT THAT SHINESMOTHER MARY SPEAKING WORDS OF WISDOM
  6. 6. METAPHOR AND SIMILESIMILE is a comparison between two things using the words like or as.METAPHOR is a comparison betweeen two things that does not use the words like or as. dDo we find any similes or metaphors in the text?
  7. 7. SOUNDS, RYTHMAlliteration: repetition of souds or letters as inTimes of troubleWhisper words of wisdomRythm created through the Repetition of Let it be , Let it be…
  8. 8. STRUCTURE OF PHRASES• Underline in red all the verbs in simple present tense.• Underline in a different color the verbs in simple past.• Underline the Present continuous.• Underline with another color the future tense.WHAT VERBAL TENSE IS THE DOMINANT?IS IT RELATED TO THE MEANING OF THE POEM?
  9. 9. The style of the author:Style refers to the distinctive, personal way in which a poet or any writer express ideas. One might notice choice of imagery, choice of words,; sounds; rhythm, metre, the structuring of phrases and sentences.Now you will write a short composition to describe the style of the authors in Let it be.
  10. 10. Writing Plan First paragraph: explain the objective of the text and make a short description of it. Second paragraph: Identify the authors, you can give as much information as you want. Third Paragraph: explain what elements of analysis will be taken in mind: feelings, images….etc.. USE ONE PARAGRAPH FOR EACH ELEMENT OF ANALYSIS. Last paragraph, conclusion. Does the poem express unit? What do you think about the authors style? Is it successful or not?

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