The Language of Poetry<br />
Examples of rhyme might be<br />‘Whose woods these are I think I know<br />His house is in the village though’<br />Or<br ...
A poem that rhymes makes it easy and more enjoyable to read.<br />Rhyme makes a poem more musical.<br />Rhyme<br />
A poem is a series of word pictures. <br />We see them with our imagination instead of our eyes. <br />We call these pictu...
The theme of a poem is the main topic or issue in the poem. <br />Just ask yourself what is the poem really about?<br />Fo...
When you talk to someone you can change the meaning of what you say by changing the tone of your voice.<br />Poems also ha...
The main emotion in the poem is called the mood.<br />In ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, there is a mood of wonder...
The atmosphere of the poem is linked to the setting of the poem.<br />The lonely woods in ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Ev...
When lots of words in a poem start with the same letter it is called alliteration.<br />This gives the line a special beat...
A simile is a special kind of image.<br />The poet creates a picture by comparing two things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as...
Sometimes a poet creates an image by comparing two things without using the words ‘like’, ‘as’ or ‘than’.<br />This is cal...
When something that is not live (an inanimate object) is given human characteristics it is called personification.<br />‘I...
When a word imitates the sound it is describing it is called onomatopoeia.<br />The snow was ‘whispering’ and ‘rustling’ a...
When a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) is repeated in a line it is called assonance.<br />Notice it is the vowel sound and not just the ...
Repetition is when words or phrases are repeated in a poem.<br />In ‘Stopping by Woods...’ <br />‘And miles to go before I...
What happens in this poem?<br />What is this poem about?<br />Who is speaking in this poem?<br />How does that person feel...
Be careful to observe if there is a sudden change in the poem towards the end. Does the poem move from despair to hope, lo...
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The Language Of Poetry

  1. 1. The Language of Poetry<br />
  2. 2. Examples of rhyme might be<br />‘Whose woods these are I think I know<br />His house is in the village though’<br />Or<br />The woods are lovely dark and deep,<br />But I have promises to keep<br />Rhyme<br />
  3. 3. A poem that rhymes makes it easy and more enjoyable to read.<br />Rhyme makes a poem more musical.<br />Rhyme<br />
  4. 4. A poem is a series of word pictures. <br />We see them with our imagination instead of our eyes. <br />We call these pictures images.<br />Images<br />
  5. 5. The theme of a poem is the main topic or issue in the poem. <br />Just ask yourself what is the poem really about?<br />For example, the theme of ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ might be that life is sometimes hard but we need to keep travelling on.<br />Theme<br />
  6. 6. When you talk to someone you can change the meaning of what you say by changing the tone of your voice.<br />Poems also have a tone.<br />This is the tone of voice of the poet, or the speaker of the poem.<br />The tone in this poem is a very sad, lonely or tired tone.<br />Tone<br />
  7. 7. The main emotion in the poem is called the mood.<br />In ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, there is a mood of wonder or sorrow.<br />Mood<br />
  8. 8. The atmosphere of the poem is linked to the setting of the poem.<br />The lonely woods in ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ gives the poem an atmosphere of mystery, wonder and silence.<br />Atmosphere<br />
  9. 9. When lots of words in a poem start with the same letter it is called alliteration.<br />This gives the line a special beat.<br />In poetry this is called rhythm. <br />For example the poem ‘Truant’ opens with the line ‘Sing a song of sunlight’<br />Alliteration<br />
  10. 10. A simile is a special kind of image.<br />The poet creates a picture by comparing two things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’<br />For example:<br /> ‘as snug as a gun’<br />‘ran like the wind’<br />Simile<br />
  11. 11. Sometimes a poet creates an image by comparing two things without using the words ‘like’, ‘as’ or ‘than’.<br />This is called a metaphor.<br />For example:<br />It’ raining cats and dogs’ – The rain is compared to cats and dogs falling from the sky.<br />Metaphor<br />
  12. 12. When something that is not live (an inanimate object) is given human characteristics it is called personification.<br />‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – The cloud is described as if it is a person wandering around.<br />Personification<br />
  13. 13. When a word imitates the sound it is describing it is called onomatopoeia.<br />The snow was ‘whispering’ and ‘rustling’ as it fell. <br />These verbs recreate the sound of the snow falling.<br />Onomatopoeia<br />
  14. 14. When a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) is repeated in a line it is called assonance.<br />Notice it is the vowel sound and not just the vowel letter that creates assonance.<br />Words that rhyme often have assonance; this makes them sound the same.<br />For example:<br />I know/ this rose is only/ an ink-and-paper rose/ but see how it grows and goes/ on growing<br />Assonance<br />
  15. 15. Repetition is when words or phrases are repeated in a poem.<br />In ‘Stopping by Woods...’ <br />‘And miles to go before I sleep,<br />And miles to go before I sleep.’<br />Repetition<br />
  16. 16. What happens in this poem?<br />What is this poem about?<br />Who is speaking in this poem?<br />How does that person feel?<br />What is the subject matter and theme of the poem?<br />What is the beginning, middle and end of the poem?<br />What is the mood of the poem?<br />Questions to ask of a poem<br />
  17. 17. Be careful to observe if there is a sudden change in the poem towards the end. Does the poem move from despair to hope, love to regret?<br />What are the most powerful images in the poem?<br />Are there any comparisons or contrasts in the poem?<br />Does the writer use any sound effects in the poem e.g. Onomatopoeia<br />Is there any repetition in the poem? (Repetition adds emphasis to the subject)<br />Are there any devices or descriptive words that you found particularly interesting?<br />Are other figures of speech, e.g. Metaphors, similes, used?<br />Questions to ask of a poem<br />

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