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"The Song My Paddle Sings"
by Pauline Johnson

Works Cited
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki Pauline_Johnson
Father was a First Nation & her Mother was from Great Britain
Popular Canadian writer & performer
Her pieces of literature mostly reflect on her native history
One of the first authors to define Canadian literature
Biography about Pauline Johnson
author helps reader visualize him/herself on the boat going through different surroundings
e.g. hills, mountains, heavy tidal waves
author makes the reader feel suspenseful because of not knowing where the boat may end up next
e.g. first the boat is on the prairies, next it is in the mountains
-The speaker is in first person because author uses "I" & speaks in a narrative format
-The author uses a lot of sounds during her poem
Helps the reader be interested and engaged into the piece of literature they are reading
-e.g. swril, swril (31) sway, sway (46)
the author is wrote a poem about a boat going through many conditions
e.g. adventure
The author uses different usages of rhyming and have the same number of syllables between each phrase
e.g. My paddles will lull you into rest, O! drowsy wind of the drowsy west (12-13)
The author uses similar sounding words throughout her poem to create rhythm
e.g. west wind, blow from your prairie rest, blow from the mountains, blow from the west (1-2)
-Lists of Emphasis
e.g. "Be strong, O paddle! be brave, canoe!" (39)
e.g. "For soft is the song my paddle sings" (18)
e.g. "dash" (36)
e.g. "You rock your cradle the hills BETWEEN, but scorn to notice my white LATEEN" (8-9)
paddle represents: adventure, strength & thrilling
e.g. You rock your cradle the hills between" (8)
Literary Devices
Major Theme
The major theme of this poem is the
journey through nature
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