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Poetry & Spoken Word

This prezi is both provocative and classroom-friendly. Many of the selections are connected to add depth to the overall unit plan. For example, Nate Marshall's poem "Look" (Brave New Voices) reminds us of the contributions of Hughes and Ginsberg.

Kat McNally

on 9 January 2015

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Transcript of Poetry & Spoken Word



Spoken Word

Jack Kerouac
Beat Poets


Allen Ginsberg
Bob Dylan
Folk Singer-
Brave New


"Amber Alert"
What do you
have to
To This Day
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Foundation
"Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie"
Mood in a piece of literature is a feeling or emotion created by the choice of words (see diction), the characters and their actions, and the setting. Some authors create mood by using imagery.
To listen to Jack Kerouac read his own work:
To listen to Allen Ginsberg read his own work:
"A Supermarket in California"
On the Road
The tone of a piece of literature is the attitude the author has toward the subject he or she is writing about.
Tone is reflected in the author’s word choices (see diction), style, and opinions.

Tone refers only to the speaker or narrator; not to the author or characters.
Free verse
Billy Collins
To learn more about Bob Dylan:
Imagery, or language that appeals to the senses, allows the reader to experience what the author is describing.

You’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Authors use imagery to convey a mental picture for the reader— more than they could accomplish with literal words.
The theme is the deeper central idea of a text. It refers to a universal statement about life and/or society that can be discerned from the reading of a text.

The theme of a work is not the same as its main topic, which focuses strictly on the content. The theme of a literary work is often the meaning you take away from it.
Symbolism is another way in which writers use language to express something more than the literal meaning of the words.

A symbol is something that stands for
something else. For example,
an eagle may symbolize freedom,
or a heart may symbolize love.
Be careful!

Words that have almost the same
(dictionary meaning) can have very different
(implied meanings).

Would you rather be seen as
unique or odd?
short or puny?
tall or lanky?
thin or skinny?
Diction is word choice.

An author uses the vocabulary that is
best suited for the type of writing s/he is working on. Diction can be formal or informal.
Tupac Shakur
Joni Mitchell
"Big Yellow Taxi"
Counting Crows cover
"Big Yellow Taxi"
"Forever Young"
Patti Labelle cover
of "Forever Young"
To learn more about Joni Mitchell:
To learn more about Tupac Shakur:
Ice Cube
Dr. Maya Angelou
"Still I Rise"
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming.
The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.
Hip Hop

To learn more about Dr. Maya Angelou:
Maya Angelou speaks about meeting
Tupac on the set of Poetic Justice.
Janet Jackson recites "
" in
Poetic Justice
"Knock Knock"
"Mrs. Krikorian"
POL perfomance at the White House
"Her Kind"
"Subterranean Homesick Blues "
Edgar Allan Poe
Langston Hughes
To learn more about Langston Hughes:
Simpsons Version
Sonnet 130
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