Poetry Analysis

POETRY ANALYSIS

Title: ________________________
Poet: ________________________

1. What is described in the poem?

2. Who is the speaker?

3. What is the tone?

4. What are two examples of stylistic devices?

5. What do you think is the most beautiful or vivid line?

6. What is one example of the unusual use of words?

7.  What emotions are evoked?

8. What connection do you have to this poem?

 

Poetry: Analyze the Literary Techniques

Poem_________________________________
Poet   ____________________________
Date  __________
Summary (one sentence) _______________________________
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Sounds of Words
• alliteration – repeating the beginning consonant sounds in words
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• assonance – repeating similar vowel sounds _____________________________________________________
• consonance – repeating similar consonant sounds, especially at word ends
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• onomatopoeia – words that sound like what they are; e.g. crash
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Choice of Words
• allusion – a reference to someone or something in history or literature
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• analogy – a comparison to show how one thing is similar to another
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• hyperbole – exaggerating for effect; e.g. tons of money
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• irony – saying the opposite of what is meant
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• litotes – understating for effect; e.g. no small victory; not a bad idea
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• metaphor – comparing things not alike by saying one is the other
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• oxymoron – contradictory terms put together; e.g. thundering silence
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• personification – giving human qualities to nonhuman things
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• synecdoche – using part of something to stand for the whole thing
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• simile – comparing things not alike by using the word ‘like’ or ‘as’
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• vocabulary – using precise nouns and verbs to describe scenes/emotions _____________________________________________________

Arrangement of Words
• repetition – repeating sounds, words or phrases for effect
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• rhyming pattern
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• rhythm or meter
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Type of Poem (e.g. free verse, blank verse, lyric, narrative)
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Tone
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View of Life
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