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Sound Devices-Reading Poetry

MCT2 Review

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Transcript of Sound Devices-Reading Poetry

Literary Devices
language that appeals to the senses
Sound Devices
Why use rhyme?
Rhyme is used to produce sounds that appeal to a reader's senses and unify stanzas.
Rhyme Scheme
A poet's deliberate pattern of lines that rhyme with other lines in a poem or a stanza. The rhyme scheme, or pattern, can be identified by giving end words that rhyme with each other the same letter.
repeated consonant sounds
Figurative Language
like or as
comparison using
Life is like a box of chocolates.
The lion's roar is the drum beat of his pride.
Life is ...
a journey,
a dance,
a dream.

It's raining cats and dogs.
an expression, or saying that does not
literally mean what it says
giving human characteristics
to non-human characters or items
exaggeration of ideas to create emphasis
End rhyme is when the rhyme is at the end of the line.
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
For example:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!'
What's the rhyme scheme?
The ostrich is a silly bird
With scarcely any mind.
He often runs so very fast,
He leaves himself behind.
And when he gets there, has to stand
And hang about til night,
Without a blessed thing to do
Until he comes in sight.
"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain."
(from Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw)
Strategies for Reading Poetry:
1. Notice the arrangement of words.
2. Give grammatical and punctuation pauses their full due.
3. Read the poem aloud.
4. Read the poem more than once.
5. Paraphrase each stanza.
How are words arranged? How many stanzas are there? Are there any stanzas at all?
Where does each thought end? Pause where punctuation marks occur.
Notice whether there is a rhyme scheme or rhythm. Regular patterns give a musical quality to poems.
It's better to read a poem too slowly than too quickly. To fully understand a poem, reading it more than once can be beneficial.
Restate the poem in a way that's easier for you to understand--keep all the main ideas, but use plain and direct language.
Reading Poetry:
Devices and Figurative Language

the repetition of consonant sounds in the middle or at the end of words
Touch the peach on the beach.
The big frog was on a log.
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