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Decent Essays
The imaginative response to experience reflecting a keen awareness of language. Types of Poetry

• Ballad – Songlike poem; tells a story • Lyric - musical verse; expresses observations & feelings of a single speaker. • Haiku - 3-line verse form.
First & 3rd lines have five syllables; 2nd has 7.
Topic is always nature
• Limerick – a rhymed nonsense poem of five lines.

Types of Poetry
• Sonnet - 14 line lyric poem (usually unrhymed iambic pentameter)
– Petrarchan (Italian) octave & sestet; octave states a theme or asks a question, sestet comments on or answers the question. – Shakespearean
3 quatrains & a couplet; Usually not printed with the stanzas divided. Verse
• Free Verse – poetry not written in a regular rhythmical pattern or
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Reading A Poem

• Third Reading:

– Identify the type of poem.
– What is the literal sense of the poem? What is it about?
What does the poem say about its subject?
– Look for figurative devices: metaphors, similes, personification, symbols, etc.

Analyzing A Poem
Using the hand out given to you, (“How to Explicate a Poem”) answer the questions about the following two poems: Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
-- Robert Frost

Wish You Were Here
They kissed goodbye at the terminal gate
She said you’re gonna be late if you don’t go
He held her tight, said I’ll be alright
I’ll call you tonight to let you know
He bought a postcard, on the front it just said heaven
With a picture of the ocean and the beach
And the simple words that he wrote her
Said he loved her and they told her
How he’d hold her if his arms would reach Wish you were here, wish you could see this place
Wish you were near, wish I could touch your face the weather’s nice, its paradise
It’s summertime all year and there’s some folks we know
They say, “Hello, I miss you so, wish you were here.”

Wish You Were Here
She got a call that night, but it wasn’t from him
It didn’t sink in right away, Ma’am the plane went down
Our crews searched the ground
No survivors found she heard him say
But somehow she got a postcard
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