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What is poetry?
Todays Learning Objective
How do poets paint a picture in our mind?
Imagery in writing involves The Senses: Sight, hearing, touch, taste & smell
Colors, shapes or images
Figurative languageTo create a mental picture
Examples of ImageryThe red wheelbarrow
The creeeeaking door
The razor-sharp edge of broken glass
The bit t er taste of ginger root
The putrid smell of rotting garbage
Langston Hughes(1902 -1967)Photo by Nikolas Muray
Get ready to sketch!
In the morning the citySpreads its wingsMaking a songIn stone that sings.
In the evening the cityGoes to bedHanging lightsAbout its head.
The Cityby Langston HughesIn the morning the citySpreads its wingsMaking a songIn stone that sings.
In the evening the cityGoes to bedHanging lightsAbout its head.What did you see in your mind? What did you sketch?
Literary Devices(also known as figurative language)SimileMetaphorPersonification
Whats a simile?
SimileComparing 2 things using like or as
The rain was like a little mouseQuiet, small and gray.It pattered all around the houseAnd then it went away.
From Rain Poem by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Write a simile about life.
Life is like
Whats a metaphor?
MetaphorComparing 2 things using the verb to be
To be = I am/was We are/wereYou areThey areErin & Al areShe is/wasHe isIt isThe thing is
The world isa glass overflowingwith water.
From Ode to Enchanted Lightby Pablo NerudaHold fast to dreamsFor if dreams dieLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow
From Dreamsby Langston Hughes
Metaphors are harder to useTry to describe the weather with a metaphor.
How about a parent or sibling?
PersonificationGiving an inanimate object human or animal qualities
Pencils too pointed break their points and then laugh at you. Proud pencils get furious waiting to be sharpened. Pencils in pockets and boxes shove each other and nearly come to fighting.
From Pencilsby Carl Sandburg
Practice PersonificationThink of something that is difficult to do
Does that thing laugh at you?
Does it seem like it has a life of its own?
Lets review!How do poets paint a picturein the readers mind?
What literary devices do poets use to create imagery?
Works Citedhttp://www.wordle.net/createhttp://michelemiller.blogs.com/marketing_to_women/2004/04/eye_of_the_beho.htmlClipArt from Microsofthttp://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-boy-smell-flower-image5191417http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_I.html#imagery_anchorHeard, Georgia. 1998. Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Press.Perfect, Kathy A. 2005. Poetry Lessons: Everything You Need. New York: Scholastic.http://poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83http://www.geh.org/ar/strip18/htmlsrc/m197701891477_ful.html
Presentation by K. CoolmanNov. 17, 2009