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Analyzing Poetry with SIFT (Robert Frost)

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Natalie Smith

on 20 August 2014

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Transcript of Analyzing Poetry with SIFT (Robert Frost)

Analyzing Poetry Using
SIFT
the
method

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light. 3

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. 6

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street, 9

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height
One luminary clock against the sky 12

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.


Acquainted with the Night
by Robert Frost
S
I
F
T
ymbols
tangible objects
that represent
intangible ideas
Symbol Sifting
just look for
possible
symbols
check out the
title
check out the
objects
what they
mean
comes later
mages
not just what you see
all five senses:
sight, sound, touch,
taste, smell
Image Sifting
look for big,
detailed
images
are the images
similar or diverse
?
igurative
Language
metaphors, similes
hyperbole, onomatopoeia,
personification, alliteration
colors, sounds,
scents, textures,
flavors
Figurative Language
Sifting
one /
heme
the writer's attitude
about the topic
lessons the poem tries to teach about life
always a complete sentence
Tone Sifting
does the writer seem
about the topic?
excited
disappointed
enraged
embarrassed
joyful
meh
sad
longing
broken up
jealous
silly
amused
Theme Sifting
usually your last step
put the pieces you found together
symbols
images
figures
sensory details
writer's attitude
what's the message
about life?
how do the comparisons work?
how are the comparisons alike?
what's the effect of the comparison?
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