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1 “The Cremation of Sam McGee” Robert W. Service YOU NEED NOTEBOOKS Page 637

2 Type of Poem: Ballad – A song or songlike poem that tells a story. – Usually about lost love, betrayal or death. – Sometimes have supernatural events. – Usually use simple language and a lot of repetition (words, sound patterns) and have a refrain. – The refrain might be a phrase, line, or stanza. – The most famous ballads have been passed down through the years orally.

3 Poetic Elements Hyperbole The use of exaggeration to create strong feelings. Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close together, occurring usually at the beginning of the word. Personification A literary device where an object or animal is spoken of as capable of having human traits, thoughts, feelings, or attitudes.

4 Need to know! Word meanings… Denotation – Denotation refers to the actual intended meaning/definition of a word. Connotation – Connotation refers to the suggested word meaning that surround the word. It is the feelings behind the word. Example – Hate means a strong dislike for something, but there are negative feelings associated with the word. You may say you hate to eat watermelon, but there is also a suggestion that goes beyond just not wanting to eat it that includes negative feelings and sets a tone to the message.

5 Need to Know!!! MOOD The overall feeling of a work of literature. (Also sometimes referred to as “atmosphere”) Can often be described in one or two adjectives such as scary, happy, sad, or nostalgic. A writer produces mood by using imagery and using word choices that convey a certain feeling. The setting can also contribute to the mood. Example: “The hot sun beating down on the workers” vs. “The warm sun glowing at the workers” creates a different mood.

6 Practice - Mood Look over the lyrics of “The Edmund Fitzgerald” What word choices does the author use that have meanings that create the mood? (Connotations) What is the setting of the poem? What mood is created as a result of the word choices and setting? Remember to use 1 or 2 adjectives.

7 Context Author info, page 642 Written by Robert W. Service ( ) Worked on the Yukon from Inspired by the landscape and people he met Yukon Gold Rush – when gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1896, prospectors went to strike it rich. PREDICT: what do you think this poem will be about?

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9 Answer the following questions in your notebook: 1.What does the poem start with? Do you see that stanza again anywhere? Why? 2.Find an instance of foreshadowing in the beginning of the poem. 3.Where is Sam from? 4.Where does the poem take place? 5.How does Sam feel at the beginning of the poem? 6.In the middle of the poem, what does the narrator make comments to readers about? 7.Why does the speaker cremate Sam? 8.What does the narrator cremate Sam in? 9.What does the narrator see at the end of the poem? 10.Why is this poem a ballad?

10 Analyzing Poetic Elements Element/LineDescribe What’s HappeningHow does the element help readers understand the poem/enhance the poem? Hyperbole (Stanza 2) Alliteration (Stanza 7) Metaphor “Land of death” Personification (Line 48)

11 Write on the back of your paper. 1.Give two reasons for why is this poem considered a ballad? 2.Pick a poetic element other than the ones on your worksheet. A. Define it. B. Describe how it is used in the poem. C. How does it effect the reader’s understanding of the poem/what does it do for the poem? Examples: imagery, simile, rhyme, rhythm, etc…. Hang onto it when you’re done.

12 “The Dying Cowboy” Traditional American Ballad Page 643

13 Type of Poem: Ballad – A song or songlike poem that tells a story. – Usually about lost love, betrayal or death. – Sometimes have supernatural events. – Usually use simple language and a lot of repetition and have a refrain. – The refrain might be a phrase, line, or stanza. – The most famous ballads have been passed down through the years orally.

14 Your Assignment 1.In your own words, summarize what happens in the poem. Your summary should be 2-4 sentences. 2.List 3 reasons this poem is considered a ballad. 3.What is the refrain in the ballad? 4.Compare/Contrast this with “The Cremation of Sam McGee” (found on pages ). 5.Locate and analyze 2 poetic elements in the poem.


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