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matthew pelletier

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Transcript of poetry

In my own words poetry can come by lots of different forms or many different ways like words or art. Poetry in words can be putting words together that have meaning to them. Poetry can be seen in every day life situations, even if it is simply a conversation. Poetry can also be used to express how we feel.
A good place to start when looking back at how poetry has evolved over time is with epic poetry. Most of the earliest known poetry was a form of epic poetry, some of which dates back centuries before humans began writing down their stories. One of the earliest poetic works, the "Epic of Gilgamesh," dates back to around 2000 B.C., when it was part of the oral tradition of the Sumerians. Researchers think that this suggests that poetry and poetic styling was originally developed to help storytellers, who often acted as historians, memorize their stories more easily. As a written text, the epic poem about King Gilgamesh dates back to around 1000 B.C.
The ancient Greeks and Romans, between about 1200 B.C. and A.D. 455, were also known for their great epic poetry. Two of the most famous Greek poets were Homer, who wrote the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," and Hesiod, who wrote "Works and Days." The ancient Greeks used poetry in music and theater, and loved to write about their gods and the heroic deeds of great people.
What is poetry
8 types of figurative language

Imagery is a type of figurative language that appeals to the senses. The descriptions can be about living things or inanimate objects.

A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
He doesn’t say “many” or “a lot of” daffodils, he uses the word “host.” That means a huge number of daffodils. Later, he personifies the daffodils, and personification will be covered later on.

Another example is from “The Eagle” by Tennyson,


A simile compares two things using the words “like” and “as.” Examples include:

busy as a bee
clean as a whistle
brave as a lion

Afternoon in School - The Last Lesson

by D. H. Lawrence
When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?
How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart
My pack of unruly hounds: I cannot start
Them again on a quarry of knowledge they hate to hunt,
I can haul them and urge them no more.
No more can I endure to bear the brunt
Of the books that lie out on the desks: a full three score
Of several insults of blotted pages and scrawl
Of slovenly work that they have offered me.
I am sick, and tired more than any thrall
Upon the woodstacks working weariedly.

And shall I take
The last dear fuel and heap it on my soul
Till I rouse my will like a fire to consume
Their dross of indifference, and burn the scroll
Of their insults in punishment? - I will not!
I will not waste myself to embers for them,
Not all for them shall the fires of my life be hot,
For myself a heap of ashes of weariness, till sleep
Shall have raked the embers clear: I will keep
Some of my strength for myself, for if I should sell
It all for them, I should hate them -
- I will sit and wait for the bell.
8 Types of Poetry
1.Limerick- A short , humorous poem consisting of five lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables, rhyme and have the same verbal rhythm. The 3rd and 4th lines have five to seven syllables,rhyme and have the same rhythm.
.2.- A rhyming poem has the repetition of the same or similar sounds of two or more words, often at the end of the line.
3.Visual- The visual arrangement of text, images, and symbols to help convey the meaning of the work. Visual poetry is sometimes referred to as a type of concrete poetry.
4.- Found Poetry created by taking words, phrases, and passages from other sources and re-framing them by adding spaces, lines, or by altering the text with additions or subtractions.
Matthew Pelletier
may 4, 2014

Example- The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
1. Limerick-
There was once a dog from Quark

Who suddenly forgot to bark!

He kept moving around,

Without making a sound,

In the city’s central park.

There's a man named Dan of the Land

His poems humorous, never bland

With a flick of his wrist
He writes prose with a twist

From a mind that is always unmanned

Armand Garnet Ruffo's work is strongly influenced by his Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage. Born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, his roots extend to the Biscotasing branch of the Sagamok First Nation and the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree. Widely anthologized, he is the author of At Geronimo's Grave (Coteau Books) winner of the Archibald Lampman Award, Opening In The Sky (Theytus Books), and the acclaimed creative biography Grey Owl: the Mystery of Archie Belaney (Coteau Books). He also created poems such as:
-At Geronimo's Grave
-Annie Espaniel, 1923
-Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott
-Old story

Sonja Dunn, poet, author and performer, was born in and lives in Toronto, attended 14 elementary schools across Canada,then Mimico High School, and received her B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Laurentian University and the University of Toronto respectively. A former teacher and drama consultant, she began a television career with Mid-Canada TV--a CBC and CTV affiliate broadcast out of Sudbury, Ontario, for 29 years.She writes, produces, and hosts TV shows on the arts for Rogers Cablesystems. She is a former president of CANSCAIP.

-Veechnaya Pamyat
-The Gift
-Memories of Wolodymyr Serotiuk's Birthday
-Babyn Yar
-Singing Sand
-In Ukraine
5.Tired - Adele Song Lyric Quote

He has taught at Bentley College : as Lecturer 1965-66; Assistant Professor 1966-69; Associate Professor 1969-75: Professor since 1975-; Departmental Chair 1980-85; Director, Forum for Creative Writing since 1987-.
He has also taught at University of Siegen as Visiting Professor 1996; at Tufts University as a Teaching Assistant 1963-65; and at the College Militaire Royale de St. Jean as an Assistant Professor 1960-61.

He has done consulting work since 1995. In May 1996 (until 1997) consulted with Prof. Ralf Saborrosch of the University of Munich to discuss pedagogy and substance in the creative writing courses that I generally teach and the one I was teaching at the University of Siegen. In June 1996 consulted with Dr. Hans-Peter Soder, Director of Wayne State’s Junior year in Munich about teaching creative writing and attracting funds to support visiting writers. During 1996 established creative writing program at the University of Siegen. Interviewed with Prof. Jean Tobin for her study, "Creativity and the Poetic Mind."
The End of the Affair
On Route 11: Waiting on Blood Tests
Night Train to Zagreb
Going by Rail
Twin Trees at Sheep Pond


Personification gives human characteristics to inanimate objects, animals, or ideas. This can really affect the way the reader imagines things. This is used in children’s books, poetry, and fictional literature. Examples include:

opportunity knocked on the door
the sun greeted me this morning
the sky was full of dancing stars


Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like their meaning, or mimic sounds. They add a level of fun and reality to writing. Here are some examples:

the burning wood hissed and crackled
the words: beep, whirr, click, whoosh, swish, zap, zing, ping, clang, bong, hum, boom, munch, gobble, crunch, pow, smash, wham, quack, meow, oink, and tweet.

Blind people can't see,
Yet they notice the difference from real and fake
Other people can see
Yet they decide to ignore reality and keep fake
How ironic!
By medieval times -- about 455 to 1485 -- poets began to play with both the subject matter and language of their poems. Some medieval poets, like Geoffrey Chaucer, even experimented with writing in the language of the common people, known as vernacular. Before that, most artistic works were written in Latin.
During the Renaissance period (1485-1660), poets got even more creative. They developed new structures and forms of meter. Playwrights like William Shakespeare and Thomas Marlowe incorporated poetry in their plays, in what is known as verse drama. Structures and styles, as well as adding layers of meaning to poems, became very popular.
During the Enlightenment period (1660-1790), there was a big interest in returning to the styles of the classical Greeks. There was a lot of emphasis on formal styles and discipline in writing during this time.
During the Romantic period (1790-1830), on the other hand, there was a big departure from the methods of poets during the Enlightenment. The Romantics were all about finding new ways to express themselves. Romantic writers focused on individuality and nature, and valued creativity over logic.
During the Victorian period (1832-1901), writers continued to break away from the established forms and structures that had been developing during the previous literary periods. Poets like Walt Whitman began writing in free verse, or completely without meter.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been many changes to the way poetry is written and read.
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5.- Lyric A poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet. Many songs are written using this type of writing.
6.- Humorous poetry refers to causing light-hearted laughter and amusement while a poem is a verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions. As such, a humorous poem is that composition that causes laughter and amusement.
7.- An Elegy is a sad and thoughtful poem lamenting the death of a person.
8.- Irony illustrates a situation, or a use of language, involving some kind of discrepancy. The result of an action or situation is the reverse of what is expected. A famous example of irony is ''Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink' in the Ancient Mariner.
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When you use a metaphor, you make a statement that doesn’t make sense literally, like “time is a thief.” It only makes sense when the similarities between the two things become apparent or someone understands the connection.

Examples include:

the world is my oyster
you are a couch potato
time is money


Alliteration is the easiest of the examples of figurative language to spot. It is a repetition of the first consonant sounds in several words. Some good examples are:

Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.


Hyperbole is an outrageous exaggeration that emphasizes a point, and can be ridiculous or funny. Hyperboles can be added to fiction to add color and depth to a character. Examples are:

You snore louder than a freight train.


Repetition is repeating a word, a sound or a phrase within a poem or prose.


I looked upon the rotting sea,
And drew my eyes away;
I looked upon the rotting deck,
And there the dead men lay.

Figurative language helps you feel like you are having the same experience as the author.


The newspaper shows men the size of ants
hanging from scaffolding
as the world's biggest stack goes up brick by brick.
Proclaiming an end to Sudbury's infamous reputation
as the dead city of the north, an end to INCO spewing
its yellow poison over the local landscape turning it black.
It was only when we learned the term, acid rain
and saw the fish floating belly-up in lakes
hundreds of kilometers away
that we knew the death
had not vanished into thin air
as eagerly announced,
knew it would take a new kind of thinking
that was actually old
1 Poem
1 Poem
In Ukraine

In Ukraine's Vorzel Forest
the dampness of my dacha seeps into my bones
through the thick slab
of a too short mattress
which assaults my pampered body.
How many tee-shirts
does it take
to keep warm?
The ancient Ukrainian moon
transparent like vodka
forces her way
through bars
of unscreened windows
and lays her head
on my pillow.
She tells me,
"Nothing is easy in Ukraine"

Waiting on blood test
I knew it as Nikos, this
café where few cars stopped.
The door is boarded up,
like a house no one visits.

I lean inside the phone booth,
its glass door flapping like paper
in wind that cuts through ferns,
disturbing by the roadside

a handful of wheat tips:
their endings, pointing
through stems to thin wind
ponds, broken spurts

of air around corn stalks.
No one remains. Some put up
signs for a year or two; the
signs drop and snow brings

the roof down. In this booth.
I dial, count white cars.
waiting to discover what
my mother is silent about

as she counts the ceiling slats
and wonders whether her corpuscles
are turning like fall leaves
into an arithmetic she understands.
I chose this poem as the one that means something to me because obviously, its based on wanting to get out of school and those last couple minutes of school all i can think about is when will my misery end? When will all my hours of torture be vanquished? When will I be released from captivity? When will the pain and suffering be over? When will be released into the free world? Why me? Why school?
There once was a cat

who was very fat

he ate too much soup

and then had to poop

he shouldn't do that
Landon had beautiful hair

he always handled it with care

he got attacked by a bear

and then noticed a tear

which gave him a scare

but then he noticed it just a nightmare






Not talented

Easily insane
(Landon's hair)
a physical sport
that is very fun to play
you should try lacrosse
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