whats going on in the poem?
rhetorical or literary devices
the passing reference or indirect mention of another piece of work
two opposing ideas in a grammatically parallel sentence
direct address of an absent or imaginary person or of a personified abstraction
the repetition of the same consonant sounds at the beginning of two or more words
the repetition of the same vowel sound usually at the beginning of words
an author’s choice and phrasing of words(words create “fairytale” feel?)
a comparison between unlike things without the use of “like” or “as”
a comparison between unlike things using the words “like” or “as”
the pattern of stressed & unstressed syllables in a poem
the pulse or beat in a line of poetry; the regular recurrence of an accent or stress. LIke the rise & fall of our voices.
the use of the name of one thing for that of another, of which it is an attribute or with which it is associated
a part of something is used for the whole (all hands on deck)
words whose pronunciations suggest their meaning (buzz, meow)
giving inanimate objects human characteristics (the wind roared)
point of view
the vantage point from which a poem is told
arrangement of rhymes in a poem/stanza; indicated by the use of letters (a/a/b/b/c/d/c/d)
partial or imperfect rhyme that often uses assonance (dry and died, grown and moon)
repeating of a word or phrase that the author considers important
something that stands for or suggests something larger or more complex
attitude or tone
the author’s attitude toward the subject matter; think of the author’s “tone of voice”
changes in speakers and in attitudes may be found by looking at key words,punctuation, changes in line/stanza length or diction
examine now on an interpretive level. What does it mean?
idea or point of a story, formulated as a generalization; there may be several. Always write as a complete sentence.