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Last updated: November 25, 2019

Where does Imagist poetry come from?
Imagism which was a literary movement started by Ezra Pound in the early 1900s.

What is Imagist Poetry?
It is poetry that uses descriptive language to create word pictures for the reader (imagery). A picture is created by the reader using all of their senses.

What kind of language do imagists use?
They use simple language. They do not provide explanations, and use free verse to create sharp pictures.

What is the setting for “In a Station of the Metro?”
A subway station in Paris.

Who wrote “In a Station of the Metro?”
Ezra Pound

What is a bough?
A tree branch.

What does the speaker talk about “In a Station of the Metro?”
The speaker sees faces in the crowd and compares them to petals on a black wet tree branch.

Who wrote “This is Just to Say?”
William Carlos Williams.

What is “This Just to Say” about?
The speaker ate someone else’s plums and does not really feel too bad about it. In the 2nd stanza the speaker apologizes but is not really sincere.

What senses are used in “This is Just to Say”?
Senses used are taste, touch, and sight.

Who wrote “The Red Wheelbarrow?”
William Carlos Williams.

What is the setting of the wheelbarrow?
A farm.

What is the Red Wheelbarrow about?
All the chores on the farm depend on the wheel barrow.

What is the main sharp image of the wheelbarrow?
The Red Wheelbarrow.

What senses are used in the Red Wheelbarrow?
Sight

Who wrote Out Out?
Robert Frost.

What is the main event in Out Out?
a little boy (10-12 yrs old) dies from losing too much blood after slicing his hand with a buzz saw.

Where is the setting of Out Out?
A farm in Vermont.

What time of day does out out happen?
Dinnertime.

What happens at the end of the poem Out Out?
The family must continue their life by doing all the work on the farm.

What is the theme of Out Out?
Life is too short and fragile (easily damaged)

What are the Poetic Devices used in Out Out?
Alliteration-Line 3, “Sweet Scented Stuff”Onamotopoeia-line 1, “buzz”, line 7 “snarled and rattled.” Personification-lines 14-16,” saw leaped out” Oxymoron-line 19, “rueful laugh” Imagery-line 5, “five mountain ranges” (sight)

Who wrote the Mending Wall?
Robert Frost.

What is the Mending Wall about?
two neighbors every spring fix a rock wall that has fallen. The wall separates the properties.

The speaker does not think the wall is needed but the neighbor wants to keep the wall. Nature doesn’t think the wall is needed because it breaks the wall apart every year.

What is the theme of the Mending Wall?
Nature is stronger than humans.

Who wrote Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?
Robert Frost.

Where is the setting of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?
The woods.

What is the time of the year of Stopping by Woods on?
Winter the longest day of the year (winter solstice)

What is Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening about?
The speaker wants to stop and watch the beautiful snow but cannot because he has so many things to do before he dies. The last two lines show how determined the speaker is.

What are the Poetic Devices used in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening?
Imagery and alliteration.

Who wrote “Refuge in America”?
Langston Hughes

What does “refuge” mean?
A person who flees (runs away) from something

What is freedom to the poet in “Refuge in America”?
Being able to do what one wants

What is liberty to the poet in “Refuge in America”?
You are now free but you were once under someone’s control.

How does freedom make the poet feel in “Refuge in America”?
Freedom makes the speaker feel wonderful.

How does liberty make the poet feel in “Refuge in America”?
Liberty makes the speaker want to cry because it reminds him of when he was in slavery.

Who wrote “Dream Variations?”
Langston Hughes

What does the speaker want to do in “Dream Variations?”
He wants to dance and have fun.

What does “white” mean in “Dream Variations?”
Blacks are still not equal to whites in the 1920’s

What does the speaker compare himself to in “Dream Variations?”
Night and describes himself as gently, tenderly. He wants people to see him that way.

What is the similie used in “Dream Variations?”
“Dark like me”

Who wrote “Mirror”?
Sylvia Plath

Who is the speaker in the poem “Mirror”?
The Mirror

The mirror in the poem “Mirror” uses what poetic device?
Personification

What happens in the poem “Mirror”?
A woman looks in the mirror every day and sees herself aging (getting old). and she is not happy about it.

What poetic device is used in the “Mirror” when the speaker says “now I am like a lake”?
Metaphor

In the “Mirror”, the speaker compares herself to a fish, “like a terrible fish”, what kind of poetic device is that?
A similie

Why does the woman in the “Mirror” call candlses and moon liars?
Because their lighting hides what a person is really looks like.

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