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Elements of Poetry - Jabberwocky

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richard baker

on 11 September 2013

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Transcript of Elements of Poetry - Jabberwocky

How does Poetry tell a story?
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
Finding the elements?
In groups of 4, find an example of each element in Jabberwocky?

1. Rhyme
2. Rhythm
3. Imagery
4. Character
5. Theme
What is the story of Jabberwocky?
Lewis Carroll
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
Poetry has many elements to create a story for the reader:

1. Rhyme
2. Rhythm
3. Imagery
4. Character
5. Theme

Elements of Poetry
A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words, most often at the end of lines in poems and songs.
When we speak the English language we hear a series of syllables. In order to convey the desired sense of what we are saying, we intrinsically emphasise or stress certain syllables. This is rhythm – and in the spoken world it is an instinctive and vital ingredient in communication; it helps to steer our ear in the right direction.
Great poets create their imagery by appealing to our senses. They describe how a person, place or thing looks, sounds, smells, tastes and feels. By playing on our five senses they allow us to imagine in greater detail that which they ask us to contemplate, whether that be a Spanish galleon at full sail or a humble Grecian urn.
Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver Twist, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Homer Simpson...

Great characters, larger than life, seem to leap off the page or the screen. They capture our imagination and inspire our loyalty, or at least
some dire fascination.

For us to invest in a story we first need to care about the characters.
Every poem has a theme, a hidden meaning behind it all. Some people call this ‘the story inside the story’. The poet could tell us the theme directly, but the lesson is felt more keenly and has greater impact if delivered within a narrative structure (i.e. an exciting story!)
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