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Poetry Analysis: A Storm in the

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Transcript of Poetry Analysis: A Storm in the

Theme: Sometimes, what we consider as our ugliest qualities are actually valuable

Meaning of the Poem: The world is beautiful, even in the ugliest and most dangerous of times

Story: the poem is about a group of mountain men who view a storm covering the mountains in beauty, with rain and lightning.

Tone: "in awe" the narrator is in awe with nature's beauty
Theme Finder
A Storm in the

By Aleksandr

Theme Finder by Devyn Byrd
Form Finder
Prose poem
No rhyme scheme or rhythm
Free verse, almost short-story like
Retains imagery and heightened emotion
5 "stanzas"
No onomatopoeia, alliteration, or assonance

By Devyn Byrd
Vocabulary Finder
1. Sensory Words:
Everything was black
Brilliant light alternating with pitch blackness
The voice of thunder
The roar of rivers
The lightning rained down on the peaks

2. The effect of sensory language: the words in this poem make the setting extremely vivid

Image Finder
Images: "Everything was black- no peaks, no valleys, no horizon to be seen, only the searing flashes of lightning separating darkness from light, and the gigantic peaks of Belaya- Kaya and Djuguturlyuchat looming up out of the night."

"The lightning moved on, brilliant light alternating with pitch blackness, flashing while, then pink, then violet, the mountains and pines always springing back in the same place."

"serpentine streams"
"voice of thunder"
"huge black pine trees"

Metaphors: none

Belaya Cliff
Hannah Parker, Devyn Byrd, Ethan Boone
Poetry Analysis: A Storm in the

Poetic Devices
Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a soldier, novelist, and teacher that lived from 1918 to 2008. In his life time, he was arrested and sentenced to 8 years in prison and labor camps for criticizing the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1945). Solzhenitsyn was exiled from Russia and moved to Vermont where he continued to write and revel the Communist regime. Once the Communist regime was no longer in power, he returned to his homeland, Russia. The use of Russian mountains in the poem suggests that the author has Russian origins. The time period in which the poem was written was undetermined.

Author Bio/ Background Info
What does the author mean by "we forgot to be afraid..."?
They were in awe of the storm caused by nature and they didn't have time to think about being afraid.

Who is the narrator of the poem?
The narrator could possibly be a mountain man or naturalist who is out in nature during a storm.

What does the author's use of similes add to the poem?
The similes throughout the poem help add descriptive imagery of the setting to the readers.

By Ethan Boone
By Hannah Parker
By Ethan Boone
By Hannah Parker
Similes: "The huge black pine trees around us seemed as high as the mountains themselves." (pine trees compared to mountains)
"Like the arrows of Sabaoth, the lightning flashes rained down on the peaks, then split up into serpentine streams as though bursting into spray against the rock face, or striking and then shattering like a living thing." (lightning compared to arrows of Sabaoth)

Symbols: the lightning, the thunder, and the downpour symbolize the ugly and beautiful natures of the world
Significance: This image represents the setting in the poem based on descriptive imagery phrases throughout the poem. The eye captures the sense that the world is constantly changing before our eyes.
By Hannah Parker
By Hannah Parker
Continued Vocabulary Finder
3 &4. Unfamiliar Words & Definitions:
Searing- burning
Looming- appearing as threatening
Serpentine- snake like
Sabaoth- (biblical) armies
Terra- firma- solid ground
Primal- primitive
5. The effect of these words: the words show the knowledge of the author and it gives more detail to the setting
By Ethan Boone
Simile (Lines 10-11): The huge black pine trees around us seemed as high as the mountains themselves.
(Lines 24-26): Like arrows of Sabaoth, the lightning flashes rained down on the peaks..
(Lines 25-27):... the lightning flashes ... split into serpentine streams as though bursting into spray on the mountains ...
(Lines 30-32): As for us, we forgot to be afraid of the lightning, the thunder, and the downpour, just as a droplet in the ocean has no fear of a hurricane.

Poetic Devices Continued
Allusion (lines 8-9): Belaya- Kaya and Djuguturlyuchat
Personification (Line 1) It caught us ... (human: catching vs. non-humans: storm)
(Line 23) The voice of the thunder filled the gorge... (human: voice vs. non-human: thunder)
(Line 31): ... a droplet in the ocean has no fear... (human: fear vs. non-human: droplet)
-personification in the poem makes the storm and non human object more alive
By Ethan Boone
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