Lyrics Poetry and Wordsworth


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Lyrics Poetry and Wordsworth

  1. 1. Lyric PoetryandWordsworth
  2. 2. Lyric Poetry Expresses the personal thoughts and feelings of a single speaker Earliest lyric poems = sung by ancient Greeks to the accompaniment of a lyre No longer sung, but still often have a musical feeling and songlike structure
  3. 3. Types of Lyric Poems Ode: serious, emotional poem paying respect to a person or thing; speaker directly addresses subject Elegy: solemn, formal poem about death; mourns a person or the passing of a better time Sonnet: 14 line poem with a specific meter and rhyme scheme
  4. 4. Elements of Lyric Poetry Figurative language Sound devices Imagery
  5. 5. Figurative Language: languageused imaginatively rather than literally Figures of Speech:  Simile: comparing 2 unlike things using like or as  Metaphor: comparing 2 unlike things without using like or as  Personification: giving human traits to something nonhuman  Oxymoron: juxtaposing 2 opposite words that reveal an interesting truth
  6. 6. Sound devices: use the sounds oflanguage to add a musical quality to poetry  Repetition: repeated use of sounds, words, sentences, etc. for emphasis and a musical effect ◦ Alliteration: initial consonant sounds ◦ Consonance: final consonant sounds ◦ Assonance: similar vowel sounds  Rhyme: repetition of sounds at the ends of words (eg.: end rhyme)  Onomatopoeia: use words that imitate sounds (eg.: ring, boom, growl, etc.)
  7. 7. Imagery Descriptive language that appeals to the senses ◦ Sight ◦ Hearing ◦ Touch ◦ Taste ◦ Smell Examples: green, humming, cold, peppery, musty, etc.
  8. 8. William Wordsworth 1770-1850 Spent childhood in countryside 13  Parents had died by this time 17  Cambridge University Traveled Europe, mainly France Believed in social justice, individual rights Considered to be “the father of English Romanticism”
  9. 9. Wordsworth Video 22:45-30:30
  10. 10. “The World is Too Much With Us”The world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;The winds that will be howling at all hours,And are upgathered now like sleeping flowers;For this, for everything, we are out of tune,It moves us not.--Great God! Id rather beA Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.Sordid = dirtyBoon = favor