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Comparing & Contrasting Poetry

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Greg Forgue

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of Comparing & Contrasting Poetry

Overall, there are countless ways that you can compare and contrast poetry. The topic can be extremely broad. Yet, by simply: After comparing and contrasting the theme of the two poems, specific literary qualities can be further examined Background Knowledge
Context What Does It Mean
To Compare And Contrast? Pertaining to a written exercise about the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things Comparing & Contrasting
Poems Conclusion Literary Analysis Greg Forgoo
Dougie Fresh
CJazzy Definitions In general use, such as in writing a “compare/contrast” essay, compare means “find the similarities” and contrast means “find the differences” For Example: Examples: Type/Genre Initially, before you even compare and contrast two piece of works, you have to decipher what type, or genre, the poem is Types of genres include: Lyric
Ballad
Sonnet
Narrative
Epic
(etc...) Emily Dickinson's "Dying" represents a Lyric Poem (modernly known as a song) Robert Frost's "Acquainted with the Night" displays a commonly known Sonnet What is Context? A poem's Context is it's circumstances that form the setting for a statement or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. A poem's Context could include the author's cultural background, the time period, the language used, or the place. Shakespeare commonly uses wars and plagues. Knowing this could essentially help the reader assess why the poem was written and a better understanding of what it is about. Theme After reading and analyzing the poems, identify a message or Theme for the poem and determine how they relate or differ from each other What is a Theme? The Theme of a poem is a subject of talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a "topic or message" Example: Robert Frost's "Acquainted with the Night" and Emily Dickinson's "We grow accustomed to the dark", differ in their similar ideas of "darkness" Emily Dickinson's poem encompasses humanity as a whole. She portrays that "darkness", or difficult times, is a natural part of life On the other hand, Robert Frost's poem portrays that the "night" his character is experiencing as a lonely, solitary happening. Overall Theme All in all, the differences in these two poems help to show night as a more unnatural and depressing experience than the dark that happens to everyone Poetic Devices Poetic devices are integral to the production of any poem in that they are there to create sounds and pictures within poetry Poetic Devices Poetic Devices include: Allegory
Alliteration
Assonance
End Rhyme
Metaphor
Simile
Extended Metaphor
Imagery
Rhyme Scheme
Slant Rhyme
Symbol
Tone
Meter
Rhythm
Parallelism
Repetition etc... Any poem can be thoroughly examined to locate Poetic Devices Locating Poetic Devices? From locating the speaker or tone, to locating specific devices such as parallelism, book endings, and eye rhyme, Poetic Devices can be determined for comparing and contrasting the devices themselves, and how the poet uses the poetic elements Example: "I have...
"I have...
"I have...

Represents the element of Repetition
Also indicates First person "I have been acquainted with the night"
"I have been one acquainted with the Night"

The element of a Book Ending.The first and last line of the poem are the same. Clarification of text

It doesn't matter when you go through something because "it is what it is" "Stood still and stopped the sound..."

Same consonant, sound, or letter is Alliteration For the setting of the poem, Night is an Extended Metaphor for depression The moon proclaiming is Personification The moon is compared to a "luminary clock against the sky"

This is Metaphor For the most part of the story, the character, or speaker, is walking. This is a Metaphor for persistence throughout the poem. He is trying to have a relationship with the world around him but all he is doing is distancing himself. Applying a Genre to each poem
Deciphering the Context of each poem
Determining a Theme or message
And locating Poetic Devices One could pinpoint key aspects that exemplify similarities or differences from the elements above, and sucessfully compare and contrast two poems. For Example: For Example: Comparing & Contrasting
Poetry By:
Greg Forgue
Doug Harrison
Chris Jaquith
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