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Michelle Caballero

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Examine any and all poetic devices & how these devices contribute to the meaning/effect of the poem.
Attitude (Tone)
The diction, images, and details all suggest the speaker's attitude towards the subject/topic.
Students often forget this step, or are misled by the title
Focus on what's
happening, rather than each specific word or line
What do you visualize from these lines?
"Running across the world upon the grass"

"The powerful kingdom of death"
Poetry is a puzzle!
You can start with the smaller pieces that fit together to eventually see the big picture...
"Janet was kneeling on the wet grass begging her brown hen to come to life and walk on the grass"
Predict what the poem might be about based on the title
Janet Waking
Try paraphrasing stanzas
Stanza 6 "Janet Waking"
Look for simile, metaphor, personification, symbolism, diction, POV, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm & rhyme.
What can you draw from "deeply morning?"
...OR, see the big picture first the pick apart the pieces to see how it's made.
eerily calm
mysteriously sinister
anxiously elated
solemnly apathetic
Shift (Progression)
Often, the poet's understanding of an experience is gradual; rarely do poems begin and end in the same place.
Watch for:
Shifts in
"Janet Waking"
Stanza 3: "But alas,/Her Chucky had died,"
Trace the changing feelings/thoughts of the speaker from the beginning to end; pay attention to conclusion
Stanza 6/7: "And weeping fast as she had breath"
Key Words
(but, yet, however, although)
(dashes, colons, ellipsis)
Stanza divisions
Changes in line and/or stanza length
Structure in relation to meaning
Changes in sound
Changes in diction
How does the character Janet change in this poem? How can you tell?
Read the title again, this time on an interpretive level, thinking about what you have observed in the poem.
What could the title "Janet Waking" mean??
The theme reflects the human experience: how we all can relate to it, feelings & experiences we all feel.
How to approach theme...
summarize the plot of the poem
list the subject(s) of the poem, moving from literal to abstract.
Determine what the poet is saying abut each subject, and write a thesis statement.
Theme in
"Janet Waking"
Janet, a child's 1st experience with death, death, innocence
-The death of innocence is inevitable.
-Children become aware of this and are forever changed by it.
Why do we
study poetry?
What is poetry?
How does it differ from a novel?
Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own
-Dylan Thomas
Reading v. Studying...
Poetry is a
Pop Song
or Poetry?!
I will show you lines from either a pop song or a poem...try to identify which is which.
1. Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island
1. "I am a Rock" -Simon & Garfunkel
2. "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" -Robert Frost
"Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life"
-Matthew Arnold
How does it affect us...
academically, personally...?
Consider personal growth, understanding of ourselves, human nature, the universe...
...challenging our brains to analyze, question, and appreciate beautiful writing and art
2. The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep
Pop Song
or Poetry?!
I will show you lines from either a pop song or a poem...try to identify which is which.
2. "I walk in blackness and I stumble and fall and rise, and I walk blind, my feet trampling the silent stones and the dry leaves..."
1. "Creep" -Radiohead
2. "The Street" -Octavio Paz
1. "You're just like an angel, your skin makes me cry, you float like a feather in a beautiful world"
the smaller details make up the bigger picture!
Hard work of analyzing the poem leads to a beautiful,meaningful end result
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