Poetic Elements

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Poetic Elements

  1. 1. What are the Slide Show Created By: Paula Trapani LRMS Librarian
  2. 2. Imagery The mental pictures created by a piece of writing
  3. 3. Imagery example:Folks sway in the Palace aislesgrinning and stomping and out of breath, From Out of the Dust p. 13-14, “On Stage”
  4. 4. Simile A phrase that compares two things using “like” or “as”
  5. 5. Simile example: Right handplaying notes sharp as tongues,From Out of the Dust p. 13-14, “On Stage”
  6. 6. Metaphor A phrase that compares two things without using “like” or “as”
  7. 7. Metaphorexample That is heaven. How supremely heaven playing piano can be. From Out of the Dust p. 13-14, “On Stage”
  8. 8. Personification When human traits or characteristics are given to inanimate objects or abstract notions
  9. 9. Personificationexample When I point my fingers at the keys, the music springs straight out of me. From Out of the Dust p. 13-14, “On Stage”
  10. 10. RhymeWords at the endof lines of poetry that sound the same.
  11. 11. Rhyme example A Students Prayer by AnonymousNow I lay me down to rest.I pray I pass tomorrows test.If I should die before I wake,thats one less test Ill have to take.
  12. 12. AlliterationThe repetition of the firstconsonant sound in a group of words
  13. 13. AlliterationIf Ma could put her arm across my shouldersometime,or stroke back my hairor sing me to sleep, making the soft sounds,the reassuring noises,that no matter how brittle and sharp lifeseemed,no matter how brittle and sharp she seemed,she was still my ma who loved me…From Out of the Dust (p. 148, “Motherless”) (
  14. 14. Assonance The repetition ofvowel sounds in a group of words.
  15. 15. Assonanceexample“…the rare and radiantmaiden whom the angelsnamed Lenore…”From “The Raven”by Edgar Allen Poe
  16. 16. Hyperbole A figure of speech involving exaggeration to help create a desired image.
  17. 17. HyperboleexampleWhy does a boy who’s fast asa jetTake all day—and sometimestwo—To get to school?By: John Ciardi (from “SpeedAdjustments”)
  18. 18. Idiom A phrase or expression that meanssomething different from what the words actually say. (Usually only understandable to a particular group of people.)Examples:•Raining cats and dogs•Teach an old dog new tricks•Skating on thin ice•A day late and a dollar short•Air your dirty laundry in public
  19. 19. Idiom A phrase or expression that meanssomething different from what the words actually say. (Usually only understandable to a particular group of people.)Examples:•Raining cats and dogs•Teach an old dog new tricks•Skating on thin ice•A day late and a dollar short•Air your dirty laundry in public
  20. 20. Onomatopoeia Use of a word that is an actual imitation of the sound it is referring to
  21. 21. Onomatopoeiaexample Swoosh, swish paddling down a creek splish, splash, whump a fish jumps on me By: Lacey(a student at Langley Meadows school in Canada)
  22. 22. Credits: Slide Show by:Paula Trapani-Wiener LRMS Librarian Images Created at:www.imagechef.com

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