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& Ruth Evans The Taxi by Amy Lowell Poetic Devices Title: The Taxi Look at the poem on your sheet and name at least 2 poetic devices in the blank space.
Hint: Look at the wording and think about the way the author uses words to express emotion and covey a picture to the reader. Poetic Device #1: - This is significant because the night does
not really have sharp edges, she is comparing
the night to something with a sharp edge that stabs and causes pain. Poetic Device #2: Imagery Poetic Device #3: "The world beats dead like a slackened drum" Poetic Device #4: -This metaphor is describing what is happening in the poem. The streets are not literally coming at her. We believe the author chose to word it this way to show the reader that she is going away, and she goes on to say how each one moves her farther away from where she was. Why is the title significant?
Think about what a taxi does.
-Why do people need a taxi? -Where do taxis take
Questions... The Poem: The Taxi
BY AMY LOWELL
When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum.
I call out for you against the jutted stars
And shout into the ridges of the wind.
Streets coming fast,
One after the other,
Wedge you away from me,
And the lamps of the city prick my eyes
So that I can no longer see your face.
Why should I leave you,
To wound myself upon the sharp
edges of the night? Our Explanation:
-The title of the poem is significant because taxis drive people away from where they are. People get a taxi when they need to go somewhere different. The poem is about the women going away from her lover, and the title implies that she is going in a taxi to get there. Metaphor “Sharp edges of the night” "I call out for you against the jutted stars" -We believe this is imagery because the author
uses the word "jutted" to show the reader how she sees
the stars and what she is feeling. "Jutted"
describes something with edges sticking out, and
the author chose that word to paint a picture in
the reader's head. Simile -The author uses this phrase because she is comparing the world to a drum that does not sound as good as it used to, meaning the world does not look as bright as it did before she left to go somewhere else. Personification " "Streets coming fast, one after the other" Conclusion -What do you think the overall message of this poem was? Answer #3 on your handout. *Hint: Think about what you think the theme of the poem was and incorporate that into your answer. Our Conclusion All together we believe that in this poem the author used the theme of pain and confusion to express to the reader that it is hard to leave something or someone you love to be alone in a new place. The author uses metaphors to tell how she is being pricked and stabbed by sharp and jagged edges, but she is really only referring to the pain and loneliness she feels internally. The author also uses personification to tell the reader that she was in a place where she felt comfortable and that she is being taken away. The title "The Taxi" implies that she is being taken in a taxi. In the last sentence, she asks why she should leave only to be wounded by the night, and we believe she is really asking why should she leave the person or place she loves when she knows it will only bring on pain, loneliness or discomfort. Any Questions?