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Sketch by Carl Sandburg

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Transcript of Sketch by Carl Sandburg

Sketch by Carl Sandburg
Poem
Sketch
by Carl Sandburg

The shadows of the ships
Rock on the crest
In the low blue lustre
Of the tardy and the soft inrolling tide.

A long brown bar at the dip of the sky
Puts an arm of sand in the span of salt.

The lucid and endless wrinkles
Draw in, lapse and withdraw.
Wavelets crumble and white spent bubbles
Wash on the floor of the beach.

Rocking on the crest
In the low blue lustre
Are the shadows of the ships.
Question #1
Identify an example of personification: explain how it is being personified.
**Remember - you cannot just identify and leave it alone when it asks you to explain.
Question #2
Identify an example of hyperbole: explain how it is exaggerated.
Remember, hyperbole means an over-exaggeration. For example: "I am so hungry, I could eat a whole elephant."
Answers:
1. The tide is described as being "tardy"
2. The sand is described as having an "arm"


*Some might even believe that the wrinkles are an example of personification. They are not necessarily wrong.
Answer
The waves, implicitly compared to "wrinkles," are described as endless. This is an exaggeration.
Question #3
Identify an example of metaphor. Explain which two things are being compared.
*Remember, metaphors are when to things that are not alike are being compared WITHOUT the use of the words "like" or "as."

Also, an extended metaphor is still a comparison being made, but can last almost an entire length of a piece of work.
Answer
1. The ocean is implicitly compared to a "span of salt."
2. The waves are compared to wrinkles.
3. The waves are compared to something that crumbles.
Question # 4
Find two separate examples of alliteration. List the alliterative words.
*Remember - alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound and they are often grouped together.

Example:
S
ally
s
ells
s
eashells down by the
s
eashore
Answer
1. Shadows, ships
2. Low, lustre
3. Brown, bar
4. Sand, span, salt
5. Wrinkles, withdraw, wavelets, white, wash
Question #5
Where is repetition used in this poem? Why do you think that it is used this way?
Repetition is easy to identify, it is just simply something that repeats. What is hard is figuring out the purpose of using repetition.
Often it is to make a statement or to make sure the reader does not forget the important message.
I often remind everyone of the chorus to a song - it often repeats itself because it is the overall theme to a song!
Answer
These lines are repeated in a slightly varied order:
The shadows of the ships
Rock on the crest
In the low blue lustre

It may represent the reoccuring sounds of the tide, or a reflection in the water.
Question #6
What action is described in the third stanza of the poem?
*Remember, stanzas are the "paragraphs" of a poem/song.
Answer
This stanza describes the tide rolling in and out.
Question #7
How is imagery used in this poem? What is described?
*Remember that imagery is when an author uses language that appeals to your 5 senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch)
Answer
Visual imagery is used throughout the poem. The speaker describes boats, tides, and a sand bar.
Question #8
What is the mood of this poem? How does it make you feel?
The hint here is in the question - remember mood is the reader's feelings toward the subject matter of the piece.
Tone is the author's attitude toward the subject matter!
Answer
Possible answers include:
calm, peaceful, tranquil
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