Thursday, March 5, 2009

Period 7- Poetic Devices

The use of poetic devices have been proved to positively affect the overall meaning of a poem. There are many different types of poetic devices such as alliteration, imagery, personification, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, repetition for effect, internal rhyme and end rhyme. In a developmental paragraph respond to the following prompt:

Choose any poem you want from the packet of poems you used for the basket ball poetry slam project. You CANNOT, however, use the same poem that your group slammed in class. Point out two different poetic devices within the poem that you feel help to add to the overall meaning of the poem. Be sure to add textual evidence and analysis to support you thoughts and opinions. Each quote needs to be analyzed for how the poetic device adds to the meaning of the poem.

Remember:

  • Your topic sentence must introduce what you are trying to prove in your paragraph.
  • You must have at least two quotes to support you opinion.
  • Make sure to proofread your finished paragraph for any mistakes. Make sure to especially look for awkward sentences.
  • When in doubt consult one of your many developmental paragraph construction worksheets.

Your posting is due before the start of class on Thursday March 12th, 2009

22 comments:

curt cariño said...
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curt cariño said...

In the poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, the meaning is to moarn for freedom. In the poem, it talks about the bird in its cage. The author states, “I know why the caged bird beats his wing/ Till its blood is red on the cruel bars” (Dunbar). The poetic device shown is imagery because it goes into detail how the beating looks like. The bird is abusing itself because it longs for freedom. It is like a modern day term, “emo”. Some say it is a cry for attention, though really it is just a cry for help. The teens long for a way out of the madness of life, and end up hurting themselves. Slitting and other cruel ways are related to the beating of the birds wings. It is symbolizing the gruesome efforts to be free (which is still bad). Likewise, the bird does not just perform physical movements, but also pleading. The author says, “But a plea, that upward to the Heaven he flings/ I know why the caged bird sings” (Dunbar). The poetic device is end rhyme with flings and sings. Like any prisoner, slave or entrapped being, they wish to be free as well. The poem can also refer to POW, the historical reference or the Alicia Keys reference. Prisoners of war are being beaten physically and mentally like prisoners of words. They all want to get out and live their life peacefully. But life is cruel sometimes and they pray things will get better. Life is a roller coaster and they are the frightened children. The children want to get out of the “ups” and “downs”.

Stephanie Logan said...

Identities are lost and found throughout a life time and independence must be established. Polanco writes about how you should be yourself always and forever. He compares the “ideal” way of being to his own way of presenting himself. He says, “Let then be as flowers, / always watered, fed, guarded, admired, / but harnessed to a pot of dirt” (Polanco). Rather then you being the one stuck to doing one thing, separate form the others and be your own self. Friends may try to make you become this ideal image, but push it aside and be yourself. Let them be whoever they want, but when it comes to what you want follow you heart and break away from the pack creating your own special image. The imagery put into this line makes the point of what the “ideal” image should be like. It would be glamorous and perfect, but not fun or adventures. Since, imagery is so strong and powerful it is used again throughout the poem. Another example of this is when Polanco says, “To have broken through the surface of stone, / to live, to feel exposed to the madness / of the vast, eternal sky” (Polanco). Once you have broken away from everyone else to create your own person it is a feeling unlike any other. Finally, you are able to live and be who you want. There may be great amounts of craziness to deal with, but in the end it is all worth it. There is not limit on saying what you could do once you break away from the pack. Do not be pressured by your peers. The poetic devices used throughout this piece such as poetry just make the poem that much stronger because now the readers are able to picture exactly how the author, Polanco feels. Independence must become upon oneself to be able for dreams to come true and life to be what you have always wanted. Do not let people to persuade you to do anything you will not want to do. “Live above the influence!”

Apurva said...

Great poems utilize poetic devices in a way to make them unique and admirable, in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” end rhyme and some repetition are used to make the poem flow and to add to the meaning. Many end rhymes are used in this poem to make it flow and to bring out the meaning. One time is when Dunbar talks about the bird trying to get out of its cage, “I know why the caged bird beats its wing/Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;/For he must fly back to his perch and cling/When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;” Dunbar). Dunbar is using end rhymes to create and end a “topic” of the poem. He is this time using it to explain how a teenager wants to be “free” from the hampering of their parents. He does not want the reader to be confused with the multiple meanings of his poem so he uses end rhyme to split up his poem. Another poetic device that is used to emphasize the meaning of the poem is repetition. Repetition is used especially to end and start the stanzas for an effect, “I know what the caged bird feels/…I know what the cages bird feels/…I know why the caged bird beats his wing… I know why he beats his wing “(Dunbar). Paul Dunbar is using repetition to keep the meaning of his poem into the reader’s head. He states the main statement of the stanza, and then he “expands” on it and then uses the same statement to end it. The repetition also adds an effect to keep the reader hooked on to the poem. As a result, Paul Dunbar uses poetic devices to spread the deeper meaning of his poem.

Captain Awesome!! said...

Everybody in the world wants to be just like somebody else. However, this is not the case in a poem written by, Julio Noboa Polanco called “Identity”. In this poem, Polanco is saying that he would rather be different than everybody else in the world. There are many poetic devices in his poem to show his message. One example is his use of imagery in the poem. He says, “I’d rather smell of musty, green stench/ than of sweet, fragrant lilac” (Polanco). He is saying that he would rather smell different than other people. He would rather smell bad than good, he wants to be different. Also, he is saying to be yourself and not become someone you are not. The way he incorporates imagery in this line makes the message of the poem a lot clearer. It makes it a lot clearer because something that is musty smells really bad. Another poetic device Polanco uses to get his message out is the similes he uses. He says, “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed,/ clinging on cliffs, like an eagle” (Polanco). The two things he is comparing are how a weed and an eagle are physically attached to something. This simile adds to the message of the poem because it is comparing two very unlike things. Also, it adds to the message of the piece because he is saying that he would rather do something nobody else would do. Do not follow what other people are doing, just be who you are. Be yourself.




-Kevin Salvador

Mike Pietrowicz said...

Poetic decives are used to emphasize the meaning of a poem and to add to the quality of the poem. In the poem "Identity" by Juio Noboa Polance, poetic devices such as similes, metaphors and personification are used to bring out the meaning of the poem. The meaning of the poem is for people to be unique and different, not to allow for themselves to follow the crowd and pretend to be someone they are not. According to Polanco, he thinks a person should be who they really are, whether they are as beautiful as a model or as ugly as a monster.A person should be happy who they are. He says, "If I could stand alone, strong and free, I'd rather be a tall ugly weed than" (Polanco). If you could be happy with yourself and be different then everyone else, then be unlike the crowd. Live your life how you want and do not care about what other people think. Stand different from everyone else and be proud. It does not matter if you are not the most popular kid in school and it does not matter if you are not the best looking kid in the school. You are ok how you are, and those people are ok too. He says, "Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt" (Polanco). It is ok to let other people get all of the attention and be cared to for their every need. Not everything about that person is perfect; they can not change as people will not admire them as much. They must stay where they are and not change. All is not perfect; no one is perfect. The use of poetic devices add greatly to the meaning of "Identity" by Julio Noboa Polanco and really help to understand this poem.

samantha allen :] said...

In the poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, using poetic devices to show meaning was very common. The meaning of the poem is to be independent and do not follow other. In other words, be yourself. In the first line of the poem it uses a poetic device. As Polanco says, “Let them be as flowers…” (Polanco). This is a use of a simile. It shows the reader that the author does not want to be like other people. He says “let them,” which implies that he does not want to be a part. Imagery is also a big part in showing the meaning. When the author says, “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed…” (Polanco). This has a big impact. The author is saying that he does not care about being a pretty flower. He rather be an ugly weed. Not the same as any other person, he can express his feelings in his appearance. In “Identity”, the meaning is a strong impact on teens. It shows not to be the same as everyone else and to be your on person.

Kyle Steelwell said...
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Kyle Steelwell said...

In the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” there are two different poetic devices in this piece. It has end rhyme and repetition for effect. Like in the title “I know why the caged bird sings alas…..I know why the caged bird sings.” (Dunbar 15+21). This is obvious repetition because the same words are repeated twice. This makes it the poetic device of repetition for effect. The repetition helps prove that the caged bird does indeed sing. Repeating this helps the effectiveness of the caged bird singing stand out broadly. The other poetic device in this piece is end rhyme. As where it says “When he beats his bars and he would be free/It is not a carol of joy or glee” (Dunbar 17-18). This is end rhyme because the words glee and free rhyme. If they didn’t rhyme it would not be a poetic device, though since they do it is in fact a poetic device. The end rhyme in each stanza makes the poem have a distinct pattern which catches the reader and make him/her look for it in each stanza wait for the next bit to appear before them. The end rhyme is a skillful poetic device to use that gets the reader hooker every time no matt what two words you could be rhyming.

Jordan Valori said...

Throughout the poem “Hate Poem” by Julie Sheehan intense feelings and hatred are openly expressed. In order to intensify the mood of the poem, poetic devices are frequently used throughout each stanza. The two most common devices that are used within the stanzas are repetition for effect and personification. Repetition occurs most at the very end of each line within each of the stanzas. The author says, “The way I hold my pencil hates you/the sound made by my tiniest bones were they trapped/in the jaws of a moray eel hates you” (Sheehan). The repetition shown at the end of both lines demonstrates the excessive amount of hate that this individual feels towards the opposing entity. The repetition makes the mood clear to the reader by continuously expressing her feelings. Similarly, personification is an effective poetic device used in this poem to symbolize that even inanimate objects feel the hate towards the individual. The author says, “The blue-green jewel of sock lint I’m digging/from under my third toenail, left foot, hates you” (Sheehan). This descriptive line in the poem is very in-depth and gives a clearly not living object the characteristics of a human. Allowing the lint under the individuals toe to have this feeling of hate, shows that even the smallest thing can endure these harsh feelings. The poem enables others to understand that these cruel feelings can be expressed through repetition and personification.

nicolette :] said...

Poetic devices add meaning to a poem and make the piece more interesting to read. In the poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, there are many poetic devices used, such as metaphors personification and similes. The author feels that he would rather be different, be alone, and be himself, rather than being just like everybody else in the world. He uses a simile to get his point across. He says, “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed, clinging on cliffs, like an eagle” (Polanco). There are two very different things being compared in this statement. One is the weed, and the other is the eagle. This simile adds a lot of meanings to the poem because the author is saying that he would rather do something that nobody else would do than follow everyone else. The author also uses imagery when he says, “I’d rather smell of musty, green stench than of sweet, fragrant lilac” (Polanco). The author wants to be extremely different from everyone else. He is saying that he would rather be himself and smell bad, than smell good like everyone else. He feels that the audience should be themselves and not care what other people think. His main message is not to care what other people think or say about you, just be yourself and that’s all that matters.

Michael Comerford said...

Poetic devices can be used anywhere throughout an entire piece of writing. In the poem "Hate Poem" by Julie Sheehan, the repetition for effect and similie have tremndous affects on the overall meaning of the poem. One of the most affective forms of figurative language in wriing poetry is repitition for effect. In the "Hate Poem" the writer repeats the short but strong phrase,"hate you"(Sheehan). She repeats that phrase twelve times in three stanza's. This repitition explains the entire meaning of this poem,hate! When she repeats it multiple times that means she is trying to get a point acroos of how much hate is building up inside someone. Reptition is the strongest form of figurative language in poetry. The other form of figurative language that plays an important part of this poem is the common similie. This simlile is located in the last stanza on the last line. "Breathlessly, like to idealists in a broken submarine"(Sheehan). THis statement is basically saying that the ideas of someone in the past have been totally ripped apart and forgotten. It is also a very powerful eway to end a poem. The point she is trying to make is that everything the person saw in the other person is gone, good and bad. She ends the poem with a powerful blow to the gut.

Rachel N =) said...

Poetic devices are used to help improve the overall effectiveness of a poem. One poem, which has a lot of effective poetic devices, is the poem “Mad Girl’s love song” by Sylvia Plath. In this poem there are many poetic devices used. For example, personification, in the second stanza it says “The stars go waltzing out in blue and red’ (Plath). This use of personification really allows the reader to picture this image in their head. This also exaggerates what the writer is trying to say making the point come across more clearly. Another example of an effective poetic device in this poem is repetition for effect. The line “(I think I made you up inside my head.)” (Plath) is repeated multiple times in this poem. This constant repetition is very effective in the sense that the point in made and is easily remembered by the reader. Therefore, the uses of poetic devices increase the overall effect of a poem.

Gopal said...

Poems are expressions and imaginations a poet has written on paper. From ages poets have been using poetic devices. These poetic devices bring out a deep meaning and a mood for a poem; for example “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died”. This poem is a by a very famous and knowledgeable author named Julie Sheehan. This poem contains several poetic devices such as imagery, end rhyme, internal rhyme, personification and onomatopoeia for displaying a hidden message in it. The poet in this poem is describing the situation of a death occurring lively. While the poet is describing the situation at the place where the death is happening, she states “With blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz,” (Dickinson 13). The poetic device is onomatopoeia as the word buzz. This word or action is created by a fly. The poet is describing how it is at an almost dead state as this buzz sound is made by flies around the almost dead body. Symbolization of blue here represents that fly is in the color of blue; these species are most commonly found at the dead bodies of people. This is a death occurring to a person and the death is shown by author by writing “I could not see to see” (Dickinson 16). While a person is dying he or she loses sight and slowly lose their senses. See to see is an internal rhyme framed by the poet. The poet here relates the internal rhyme to the fading eyesight of a person while dying. A poet usually uses these kinds of poetic devices to show the beauty and the grace of a poem.

Julia Ennis said...

It is important to be independent and strong, which unfortunately many people forget and end up conforming to be what they feel is the “optimal” person. But in reality, it is better to be yourself even if others frown upon you, which is what Polanco is explaining in his poem “Identity”. Instead of simply stating his thoughts, he says them in a poetic way. One example is “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed, clinging on cliffs, like an eagle wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks” (Polanco). In this line, there is a simile to help one understand how great it feels to be an individual and that it feels like you are flying above everyone else. Another strong poetic devise is imagery, which is used a lot in the poem to describe things. An example is “I’d rather be unseen, and if then shunned by everyone, than to be a pleasant-smelling flower, growing in a cluster in the fertile valley, where they’re praised, handled and plucked by greedy, human hands”(Polanco). In this line, Polanco uses imagery to help one picture a secure, independent person, separated from everyone and happy to be who they are. It also explains how he is better then all the others because he doesn’t have to worry about other people and can just be himself. The poetic devises in this poem make one able to relate to the poet a lot easier because the imagery and the similies help paint a picture of understanding.

Chirag said...

Poetic devices are used in poem to show the true meaning of the poem and poetic devices in the poem help makes the poem better. In the poem "Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, poetic devices are found throughout the piece to show the mood and to make the poem better. Some examples of poetic devices that being used in the poem “Identity” are imagery, personification, and similes. The true meaning of the poem is to be yourself do not be someone that you are not and listen to what your heart says ignore what everyone else says or does. Polanco thinks that a person should be who they really are even if that means if they are ugly or beautiful. Polanco uses personification to get his message and true meaning of the poem through to his audience. He uses imagery when he says “…than to be a pleasant-smelling flower, growing in clusters in the fertile valley” (Polanco). He saying that he does not want to be good he just wants to be like what he is. Also he trying to say that he rather be ugly than be beautiful and make everyone like him. Imagery is used in this line to make the audience see what the person is really like and the imagery helps the audience get a better view of the person that this person does not to be. Polanco uses similes to compare two very different things. He says “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed clinging on cliffs, like an eagle wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks” (Polanco). Polanco uses similes to compare two unlike thing, his comparing weed clinging on cliffs and eagle wind-wavering high. The comparison between the two things help make the message get through to the audience. Poetic devices are used throughout everything such as poems and these devices help make the poem better.

Michael naso said...

In the poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” there are countless poetic devices used to emphasize that you should keep fighting for those last precious moments of life. Dylan Thomas uses repetition throughout the poem to stress his vintage point on whether to keep fighting or to throw in the towel. For example, one use of repetition that accentuates his point of view that you should keep going on is when he states “Rage, rage against the dying light” (Thomas 9). He repeats this numerously giving emphasis on that when your down to your last breath keeping fighting on. The author is saying you’re not only fighting for yourself but fighting to spend those last few cherished moments with your family. Another poetic device the author used was end rhyme which he used often throughout the poem. An example in which he used an end rhyme is when he said “Though wise men at their end know dark is right/ Do not go gentle into the night” (Thomas 4, 6). The dark resembles life because the light is symbolic of death. Therefore, this shows that the wise men know that the right way was to keep raging on. There is always a time in life when your down on your lucky and have little to keep fighting for, but remember “Rage, rage against the dying light” (Thomas 9).

Danii Rapp said...

In “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco, the meaning is the want to be unique or different then the socially accepted. The repetition of “I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed,”(Polanco) shows that the person would rather be someone unaccepted by others and different than a normal and accepted person who is like everyone else. This person wants to be an ugly and changed opposed to someone pretty and smart but defines the social laws. This person wants to be in a class all there own. Also, this simile compares what the person wants to be like to an eagle “clinging on cliffs, like an eagle”(Polanco). The person wants to be like this eagle, free and different, and not bothers by the pressures of society. This person is saying that they will be able to be as free as the eagle, unlike others that fallow laws of society and never try to do something different.

J e a n . MORENO said...

Poetic devices are used to unlock the full, and deep, meaning that is locked away within some of the greatest poems; They help to emphasize and establish a point throughout the piece. In the poem "The Old Apartment", by Steven Page, the author uses different variations of poetic devices to direct the reader to understand that the meaning of the poem is that memories - bad or good- are what make you who you are and should not be forgotten. Steven Page says, "This is where we used to live"(Page). The use of repetition for this quote emphasizes that the apartment is where the author grew up. It is what made him who he was, what he was, and the sight of seeing the apartment so different that what it used to be made him fear that all his memories would just fade and blend into a maelstrom of anxiety. Repetition is one of the strongest devices of poetry, due to its ability to give feeling and emphasis. The use of repetition is common in this poem, but it helps to delve into the true meaning of the piece. Page mentions, "I want them back, I want them back"(Page) This use of repetition allows the reader to see and feel that the author truly believes that the changes made to the old apartment were going to make all his childhood memories fade away and never come back to him. It is a fear that he holds deep inside of him, all the memories are a part of him, and no see them disappear into the distance is like losing a part of himself him to time itself. The use of poetic devices, whether it be few or many, helps to bring the meaning of any poem into clear light by the emphasis that can be brought forth through their use.

Travis Herbst said...

In poetry, poetic devices add more meaning to a poem. Similes enhance the meaning and make poems better. In the poem “Identity” by Julie Polanco, she says, “Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt” (Polanco).These flowers are people who are trying to be just like everyone else. But, Julia doesn’t like what they are doing. This poetic device adds the meaning to a poem because it shows what Julia is trying to say but in an easier way. By putting in a simile, it makes the poem more descriptive and much better. Another poetic device that adds meaning to a poem is imagery. This is shown when the author says, “I’d rather smell of musty, green stench than of sweet, fragrant lilac. She would want to be anything just to be different than everyone else. With the imagery put in this line, it adds much meaning to the poem. If the author had just said she would rather smell bad and be different than to smell good and the same it would have been a horrible sentence. But by putting imagery into the poem it makes it more descriptive and makes it a lot better. This is because it’s much more interesting and sounds good. So, poetic devices show great meaning to poems by making them better and adding more description to them.

Gopal said...

Sorry Mrs. B instead of Julie Sheehan Can you please note it as Emilie Dickinson in my Developement Paragraph.I am repeating this paragraph no changes except the author's name.

Poems are expressions and imaginations a poet has written on paper. From ages poets have been using poetic devices. These poetic devices bring out a deep meaning and a mood for a poem; for example “I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died”. This poem is a by a very famous and knowledgeable author named Emily Dickinson. This poem contains several poetic devices such as imagery, end rhyme, internal rhyme, personification and onomatopoeia for displaying a hidden message in it. The poet in this poem is describing the situation of a death occurring lively. While the poet is describing the situation at the place where the death is happening, she states “With blue, uncertain, stumbling buzz,” (Dickinson 13). The poetic device is onomatopoeia as the word buzz. This word or action is created by a fly. The poet is describing how it is at an almost dead state as this buzz sound is made by flies around the almost dead body. Symbolization of blue here represents that fly is in the color of blue; these species are most commonly found at the dead bodies of people. This is a death occurring to a person and the death is shown by author by writing “I could not see to see” (Dickinson 16). While a person is dying he or she loses sight and slowly lose their senses. See to see is an internal rhyme framed by the poet. The poet here relates the internal rhyme to the fading eyesight of a person while dying. A poet usually uses these kinds of poetic devices to show the beauty and the grace of a poem.

Dina Litwinsky . said...

Julie Sheehan, the writer of the poem “Hate Poem “, uses poetic devices throughout each stanza to intensify the mood of hatred. The two devices that best express the mood are repetition and imagery. Repetition can be found at the end of each line in the majority of the stanzas. The author says, “The history of this keychain hates you/My sigh in the background as you explain relational databases hates you” (Sheehan). The repetition shown at the end of these lines demonstrates the immense amount of hate that this person feels toward the other. The repetition also makes it very easy to identify the mood that Sheehan is clearly trying to demonstrate. Likewise, imagery is also a helpful poetic device especially to fully explain how much this individual hates this other person. The author writes, “The blue-green jewel of sock lint I’m digging/from under my third toenail, left foot, hates you” (Sheehan). This descriptive line in the poem gives the readers a picture in their minds of this sock lint and shows them that even this insignificant object hates this person. The author shows that these two poetic devices, repetition and imagery , can be used to show the harsh hatred this poem is expressing.