R- Poetry; "The Earth is a Living Thing"; "Gold"; "Fireflies in the Garden"

Topic: EnvironmentNatural Disasters
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
the natural world as it exists with out human beings or civilization

Lyric poem
a poem that presents the personal thoughts and feelings of a single speaker.

Most poems, other than narrative poems, are
Lyric poems

Literal language
language that reflects the dictionary definition of the words

Literal means can be found in ______________.
concrete poetry

Figurative language
expresses an idea through more imaginative means (this would be your similes, metaphors, paradoxes, hyperbole’s)

giving human qualities to an animal, object, or an idea

comparing 2 unlike things using the words like or as (this is often called a direct comparison: She sleeps like a cat.)

compares 2 unlike things without using like or as (this is often called an indirect comparison: Fireflies in the Garden)

a period of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather and temp

a form of Japanese poetry in which 17 syllables are arranged in 3 lines of 5, 7 & 5 syllables

The rules of ________ are strict.

In addition to following the syllabic count, the poet must create a clear picture that will evoke a strong emotional response to the reader.


a person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself

sensory details
words and phrases that appeal to the reader’s sense of sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing

to create a mental picture (does not involve the senses in the description of the image)

What is the speaker comparing to a black bear?
The Earth

Why is the black hawk circling the burial ground?
for the decaying bones

What does the speaker compare the soil of the earth to ?
the belly of the Earth

How is the Earth personified in the last stanza?
as a child brushing her hair

How is the sun personified in the first stanza? What does this mean?
sunlight/ the sun paints the desert

What does wind do for the speaker?
runs around the boulders and ruffles her hair

How is everything seen in the desert?
eye to eye

What are the red and purple rivers of the desert?

What is the desert to the speaker?

What are the flies imitating at night?
starts in the sky

Why are the flies never really “stars at heart”?
they don’t care

Why can’t the flies keep up their star act?
they run out of gas

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