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Graphic Elements in Poetry

Graphic Elements in Poetry
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Ms. Engelhardt

on 1 March 2013

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Graphic Elements Graphic Elements in Poetry Graphic elements have an important influence on the meaning of the poem and include the use of capitalization, line length, and word position. Shows relationships between words and ideas
shows the different structures of poems

For example:
Haiku - a poem with a structure of three lines
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables

Read all day, they can
To write, means we force their hands.
Ah, our master plan. Capital Letters e.e. cummings, an American poet and painter, had is name legally changed to lowercase letters. He first attracted attention for his eccentric punctuation.

i shall imagine life
by e.e. cummings

i shall imagine life
is not worth dying,if
(and when)roses complain
their beauties are in vain

but through mankind persuades
itself that every weed's
a rose,roses(you feel
certain)will only smile Maggie, Milly, Molly, and May Maggie, Milly, Molly and May went down to the beach to play one day. Maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles. Milly befriended a stranded star whose rays had five languid fingers. Molly was chased by a horrible ting which raced sideways while blowing bubbles. May came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone. For whatever we lose in ourselves, it's always ourselves we find in the sea. maggie and milly and molly and may
by e.e. cummings maggie and millly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea Page 524 Writer's Assignment Write a paragraph that analyzes how graphic elements contribute to the overall meaning of the poem.

You may use any of the poems from page 524-526.

Steps for analysis:
Identify/locate/recognize capital letters, line length, and/or word position
Determine why the author used the graphic element(s)
Explain how the graphic element(s) contributed to the overall meaning of the poem Line Length Word Position Word position is important in a shape poem. Time for your first benchmark!
On loose-leaf paper (not your notebook) answer these questions:
1. List Ms. Engelhardt's 4 Expectations

2. Give an example of each expectation

3. List three ways you can own the places you will go in English class. Today's Learning Target:
I can explain poetry's meaning through the graphic elements.
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