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Ericka Sidbury

on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of Imagery

Students will analyze how imagery contributes to the meaning of a poem.
Imagery is an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to their work. It appeals to human senses to deepen the reader's understanding of the work.
Sunset—Coney Island
By Langston Hughes

The sun,
Like the red yolk of a rotten egg,
Falls behind the roller-coaster
And the horizon sticks
With a putrid odor of colors.
Down on the beach
A little Jewish tailor from the Bronx,
With a bad stomach,
Throws up the hot-dog sandwiches
He ate in the afternoon
While life to him
Is like a sick tomato
In a garbage can.

Dream Deferred
By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode

Metaphor or simile?
1. As the teacher entered the room she muttered under her breath, “This class is like a three-ring circus!”

2. The giant’s steps were thunder as he ran toward Jack.

3. The pillow was a cloud when I put my head upon it after a long day.

4. I feel like a limp dishrag.

Which object is being personified?
1. The wind sang her mournful song through the falling leaves.
2. The microwave timer told me it was time to turn my TV dinner.
3. The video camera observed the whole scene.
4. The strawberries seemed to sing, "Eat me first!"
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