Presentation on theme: "Reading and Writing About Literature Poetry. Responding to poetry Give poetry a chance Like songs, you may not like a poem the first time you hear it."— Presentation transcript:
Responding to poetry Give poetry a chance Like songs, you may not like a poem the first time you hear it. Read the poem aloud. Think about what it means. Ask questions. Listen for patterns, sounds
Magic act “Human beings have always sensed a magic in words that goes beyond rational, logical understanding.” Michael Meyer Words are “carefully measured” to “stir the imagination.” Exercise your mind. Questions on page 397-398 of McMahon textbook.
Method? A keen sensibility is more valuable than a carefully worked out method. — T.S. Elliot
Ideas Don’t be afraid to state a conviction even though it seems obvious. Don’t worry that you’re repeating something that has been said before. There are excellent old ideas as well as new.
Types of poetry Narrative poems: Tell a story Epic poems: Long, heroic narrative poems Lyric poems: Often short and songlike in their rhythms, lack plots, focus not a sequence of events from conflict to climax, but on a speaker’s response to a single event, object, situation or person.
Speaker and situation Speaker is character or persona created by the author. Sometimes, the speaker may be identified with the author. Some poems arise out of a clearly defined situation in which the speaker is addressing a particular person for a particular purpose.
Tone The true subject of a lyric poem is a state of mind or attitude, known by the technical word, tone. Tone is a complex of interrelated attitudes, those of the speaker, writer and reader, toward the poem’s situation. A lyric communicates a tone or attitude about what it feels like to be in a particular situation.
Diction Choice of words, language used not to express, but to communicate emotion precisely. Levels of diction range widely.
Syntax The structure of a poem’s words or phrases, clauses and sentences. The syntax can also contribute to tone.
Imagery and Sound Images are word pictures that appeal to the senses. Imagery often involves using figures of speech, such as similes,metaphors and symbols. Sound: Poems create patterns. Listen for the movement or flow. Read the poem out loud.