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How to analyze poetry

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Transcript of How to analyze poetry

How to Analyze Poetry
What is Poetry?
Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm
What are some types of poetry ?
Acrostic
: The first letter of each line spells a word, name or place when read vertically
Anagram
: A word spelled by rearranging the letters of another word
Stanza
: A group of lines separated from others in a poem. in modern free verse, the stanza can be used to mark a shift in mood, time or thought
Lyrics
: Originally a composition meant for musical accompaniment. the term refers to a short poem in which the speaker expresses personal feelings.
Haiku
: A japanese verse from of three unrhyming lines in the five,seven, and five syllables.
How to analyze poetry?

1. Summarize the poem in your own words ( What is the message?)
2. Who is the speaker ?
3. Who is the target audience ?
4. What rhetorical devices are used ?
Leisure : W.H Davies

Analyzing our poem
Overall Summary:
As days go by time goes by. The only thing that never stops and keeps on moving is time. This poem explains how people are like machines that have to work all day. Since "no time" is used in every stance this states that time is one of the biggest preventions in enjoying our lives. this poem also makes a connection between time and work, and how it makes an impact on our lifestyles.
GAME TIME
Some other times of poems are :
epic poem
couplet
ghomic verse
limerick
refrain
sastina
villanelle
epistle
ghazal
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


Who is the speaker?
The speaker of the poem is William Henry Davies, who is also the writer. This is because the poem is written in the first person point of view which uses "I" or "WE", and in this case "WE" has been used. The stanzas that prove it are 1,3 and 7.
Target
This poem is targeted towards people who work and have no time during the day. William Davies is from Newport United Kingdom. At the time the poem was written which was 1911 there were a lot of employment issues , violence , budget restrictions , and strikes were going on. these issues are similar to what has been going on in Toronto for years now. At the time the poem was written it was really hard to deal with all these problems and there was not enough time. We are so busy that we do not have the time to enjoy nature. This poem is targeted towards people with no time and who are so busy that they do not get to enjoy their life .
Rhetorical devices:
Anastrophe:

is used in the third stanza which states "no time to see , which woods we pass because normally it would be written like "no time to see when we pass the woods".
Simile:

is used in the second stanza which states " stare as long as sheeps or cows". As is being used to indicate that this is a simile
Why is poetry important ?
Poetry is important for a multiple of reasons. It allows people to express their emotions and feelings in a creative manner. It inspires the reader in a powerful way that can trigger and motivate people in many different ways. Poetry is one thing everyone can share. Poetry gives a vivid effect to something that doesn't seem that important when being just a thought. Overall poetry is something that should always be done in order to keep creativity on earth.

How is poetry used today ?
Poetry is used in plenty of ways simply from advertisements ,greeting cards to expressing personal feelings. People use poetry as a method of revealing their deepest of thoughts and secrets. Poetry is still relevant because people have more troubled times than past generations. Poetry can be used to sooth your mind and allow you to relax. A lot of people like to express their feelings to others and so they use poetry as one of their methods. Poetry is still used in many ways today and will continue to be used in the future.
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