What is the poem’s message?

Imagery Excercise

Please see the below instructions, and respond in APA format.

Complete 1 ­ Summarizing Poetry

Step 1:

Read the following poems (you’ll find these in the textbook and/or online)

° Nikki Giovanni “Poetry”

° Rita Dove “Sonnet in Primary Colors”

° Emily Dickinson “I’m Nobody! Who are You?”

° Robert Frost “Fire and Ice”

Step 2:

Read each of your four poems silently to yourself at least a couple of times. Breathe deeply, and take your time. Sink into the poem and try to understand its soul.

Next, summarize each poem in 2­-4 sentences. In your summary, try to respond to at least a couple of the following questions:

● How is sound working in the poem?

● What happens in the poem?

● Who is speaking?

● What is the poem’s message?

● What do you notice about the way that the poem sounds?

● Does this poem make use of any poetic sound devices that you learned about i.e.,assonance, consonance, repetition?

Complete 2 ­ Reading Poetry Aloud

Read each of the above poems, but this time focus on reading each poem using several different voices. This is really fun. See if you can make a small child laugh. Read it with different emotions, like anger or grief. Or pretend you’re a favorite cartoon character. As you do this, get used to the rhythms of each poem and the play of words. Understand the persona. Listen to yourself speaking the poem out loud. Who are you? And who are you talking to? In 2-­4 sentences (per poem) describe your experience of reading the poem aloud and how changing voices/tones impacts your understanding of and response to each poem.

Complete 3 ­ Imagery and Metaphor Exercise

Choose one of the poems from the above set and write a 3-­4 paragraph response in which you describe the pictures these poems create in your mind. Make specific reference to the poem’s use of metaphor and metonymy, as well as its imagery. Before getting started, review these terms in the textbook and online.

Here is an example to get you started using a famous Ezra Pound poem:

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

Petals on a wet, black bough.

Note: while metaphor and imagery are technical terms and therefore objective, interpretation is subjective. The point is, don’t get hung up on finding the correct meaning of a poem while learning the techniques of poetry just dive in and share what you ‘see’!

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