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Eng 9 Intro to Poetry (2013)

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on 3 January 2013

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Transcript of Eng 9 Intro to Poetry (2013)

Introduction to Poetry By Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means. WHY POETRY? Poetry is... Economy of words
Entertainment
Observation and emotion
Language made creative If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a poem is a set of words worth a thousand pictures. Elements of poetry exist everywhere Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
drifting through the wind
wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
like a house of cards,
one blow from caving in?
...
You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky. I. I. You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded
That for me it isn't over. I might be too strung out on compliments
Overdosed on confidence
Started not to give a (firetruck) and stopped fearing the consequence When I'm at the mall,
security just can't fight them off
When I'm at the beach,
I'm in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks
This is how I roll,
come on ladies it's time to go
We headed to the bar,
baby don't be nervous
No shoes, no shirt, and I still get service simile direct metaphor implied metaphor personification imagery A direct comparison between two dissimilar nouns; uses the words "like," "as" or "resembles" NOUN = NOUN A direct comparison between two dissimilar nouns; uses a "be" verb like "is," "am," "are," "was," "were," or "will be." NOUN = NOUN A suggested comparison between two dissimilar nouns, where one noun is described using language that usually describes another, unstated noun. NOUN = NOUN A simile, direct metaphor, or implied metaphor which describes a non-human thing using terms that usually describe a human (actions, behaviors, or emotions). NOUN = "person" Description which vividly appeals to one of the five senses through strong and specific word choice. tone WELCOME BACK and HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you have your TKAM book, put it here
Locate your notebook.
This is your new assigned seat until further notice.
Get settled quickly and quietly so we can have a good start! New NB entry... update your TOC! POETRY REVIEW Introduction to Poetry Turn to the BLANK side of the paper you receive... Put your name on it and number it 1-10. 1
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10 Define "simile" Define "direct metaphor" Define "implied metaphor" Define "personification" For #s 5-10, identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or NONE of these The sunset glowed red and orange as shadows spread across the landscape. Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or NONE of these Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or NONE of these The tunnel was like a cannon firing out speeding cars like cannonballs. Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or NONE of these The shadow of the old tree clawed its way into the child's window, inspiring nightmares. Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or
NONE of these The ice skater elegantly engraved poetry into the frozen pond. Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or
NONE of these He vanquished his homework like a brave knight battling an evil dragon. Identify whether the example is a
SIMILE,
DIRECT METAPHOR,
IMPLIED METAPHOR, or
NONE of these He was a calm and patient person, which is why so many people went to him for advice.
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