Poetry Project

Tonight you need to choose a song that you will be analyzing for its poetic devices. Please make sure the song does not have any profanity or inappropriate messages.  You will creat a music video using iMovie to illustrate your interpretation of the lyrics and you will present to the class your understanding and break down of the poetic devices. Please bring the song to class tomorrow either on an iPod or CD.  Make sure you will be able to upload the song onto one of the school computers to work on the project. You will work in groups of two.

Published in: on December 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poe’s “The Raven”

After reading “The Raven” in class today, we did not get a chance to discuss what the poem is about.  Please, if necessary, reread the poem and share what you think the poem is about and why.  Make sure you support your claims by referencing parts of the poem.

Published in: on December 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm  Comments (7)  

Iambic Pentameter Example

An iambic foot is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. We could write the rhythm like this:

da DUM

A line of iambic pentameter is five iambic feet in a row:

da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM

We can notate this with a ‘˘’ mark representing an unstressed syllable and a ‘/’ mark representing a stressed syllable[1]. In this notation a line of iambic pentameter would look like this:

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /

The following line from John KeatsOde to Autumn is a straightforward example:[2]

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

We can notate the scansion of this as follows:

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /
To swell the gourd, and plump the ha- zel shells

We can mark the divisions between feet with a |, and the caesura (a pause) with a double vertical bar ||.

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /
To swell | the gourd, || and plump | the ha- | zel shells
Published in: on December 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment