What is Poetry? An art involving language Conveys emotion or ideas Captures audience attention through literary devices
Elements of Poetry Metaphor Simile Alliteration Rhyme
Metaphor A figure of speech Compares two unlike things In order to show something in common
Metaphor Example “you soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!” MykiRoventine, 347/365 You’re a Mean One…, December 13, 2009 via flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.
Simile A type of metaphor Still compares two unlike things Compares using “like” or “as”
Simile Example “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” Dottie Mae, Raisins, November 18, 2010 via flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.
Alliteration Repetition of initial sounds Most often starts with same letter Or a similar ending sound Can give poems a sing song feel.
Alliteration Example Three grey geese in a green field grazing, grey were the geese and green was the grazing. Wildcat Dunny, Geese, June 11, 2005 Via Fllickr, Creative Commons Attribution.
Rhyme Similar sounds between words Usually takes place at end of line Often focuses on the last syllables
Rhyme Example “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I am.” Ben Husmann, Green Egg & Ham,March 17, 2006via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution