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1 Poem: Mad Song by: William Blake
Poetry Project Poem: Mad Song by: William Blake Powerpoint By: Kayla Jones

2 The Poem Rhyme A A A A The wild winds weep, Stanza 1
And the night is a-cold; Come hither, Sleep, And my grief’s infold: But lo! the morning peeps Over the eastern steeps, And the rustling birds of dawn The earth do scorn. It is windy and it is making a noise Twenty-four lines and three stanzas It is night time, and it is cold outside Hither means here A He means he want’s to sleep He thinks about his grief's A Rhyme But look! It means he hears the birds chirping and now it is morning The poet has end rhymes. He starts off with barely different rhymes in the first stanza then eventually in other stanzas more rhymes are made at the end. A Over the mountains in the east It is dawn and you can hear the birds making noises and flying places The earth is scorn Scorn means doing something bad what he means is that the Earth is bad

3 The Poem B C B C D D Lo! to the vault Stanza 2
A vault is a cellar or something that holds something and is locked B Lo! to the vault Stanza 2 Of paved heaven, With sorrow fraught My notes are driven: They strike the ear of night, Make weep the eyes of day; They make mad the roaring winds, And with tempests play. Look, to the vault C Of the covered heaven B Fraught means nervous or anxious. He is sad and nervous and anxious C His notes are ambitious Lo means “Look” It is now midnight D It is now early morning They are mad like the wind which is blowing quickly Tempests is a storm D There is a storm that is making noises

4 The Poem Ballad E F E F G G H H
This is representing the storm E Like a fiend in a cloud Stanza With howling woe, After night I do croud, And with night will go; I turn my back to the east, From whence comforts have increas'd; For light doth seize my brain With frantic pain. Like a monster in a cloud F With howling sadness E After night he cries Ballad F Night will go and become morning G This poem is a ballad because it tells a story and it used steady rhythm, and had song like qualities He turns his back toward the east G When he is really comfortable H When light goes over his brain H When the light goes over his brain it gives him a headache

5 Organization The poet likes to have three stanza and likes to have eight lines in each stanza. The poet has a lot of ending lines but not in every stanza. The poet has words that are confusing, mostly because the poem was made in the twentieth century, and those are the words used during that time.

6 Structure The poem has three stanzas. The poem has twenty-four lines.
Every stanza has more than thirty words. The poem is a ballad because it tells a story and is song like. The poem has end rhymes, and they skip each other (ex. A,B,A,B,).

7 Form The poem is a ballad, the poem tells a story and has steady rhythm, song rhymes and repetition. It also has song like qualities.

8 Imagery In the poem it has imagery, and all the imagery elements are highlighted pink in the poem. Morning peeps – Pictures that it is sunrise and the sun just came up. Over the eastern steeps-Pictures that the sun is over the mountains that are east of him. Ear of night- Pictures that it is midnight now. Eyes of day-Pictures that it is the middle of the day. I turn my back to the East- Pictures someone facing the west.

9 Biography William Blake
William Blake was deemed both a major poet and an original thinker. He studied engraving and grew to love Gothic art, which he incorporated into his own unique works. He only briefly attended school, being chiefly educated at home by his mother. Blake's artistic ability became evident in his youth He was enrolled at Henry Pars's drawing school. In 1779, at age 21, Blake completed his seven-year apprenticeship and became a journeyman copy engraver, working on projects for book and print publishers. In August 1782, Blake married Catherine Sophia Boucher, who was illiterate. Blake taught her how to read, write, draw and color. William Blake

10 Speaker The speaker seems to like the dark and hate the light, he also seems like he is depressed with all the words like “Weep” and “My grief” and “Sorrow fraught” What makes it seem like he hates the light is the last two lines “for light doth seize my brain with frantic pain” he is saying that light gives him a headache.

11 Figurative meaning He talks about wind howling bad and also it seems that it was night when the poem started and in the middle it seems to become morning then night time again. The wind is making a mad song. Also the light is hurting his head.

12 Literal meaning I think the meaning of the poem is about how nature can be frightening or irritating. The wind is howling and the light of the sun are nature and he seems to not like the sun and the wind is howling very bad making a “mad song” which would irritate someone.

13 The authors purpose The authors purpose is to show us that nature isn’t all happy and exciting and it can be scary and depressing and irritating. In the poem it is windy which is nature. It is also night during most of the poem and it is day time during some of it, the light hurts his head. It shows how nature making noises (the wind howling constantly) can irritate someone and make a mad song making the speaker mad (crazy). It shows you that the sun isn’t always helping someone because it is hurting the guys head with the light. And it is a cold-chilly night making the speaker want to go to sleep.

14 Poetic terms Some poetic terms are end rhymes which are highlighted yellow . The poem also has repetition which are highlighted blue. There is also imagery all imagery elements are going to be highlighted pink.

15 Theme The theme of the poem is environment, or nature. In William Blake’s poem, there is a lot to do with the environment and nature. He talks about the night being cold and windy (which is nature) and the sun (which is also nature) hurting his head. He talks about how it is like a storm outside which is also nature.

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