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Title: Poetry

  • An Introduction

Poetry Pieces
  • Line
  • basic structural component of a poem
  • Does not have to be a complete sentence
  • Stanza
  • one or more lines that make up the basic units of
    the poem
  • Separated from each other by space

Poetic Rhythm
  • Poetic foot
  • Basic unit in a meter
  • Meter
  • Gives rhythm and regularity to poetry
  • The regular pattern of stressed/unstressed
  • Most common in English is the iambic
  • Rhythm
  • Movement with uniformed reoccurrence of a beat or
  • A pattern of stresses

Literary Terms often found in Poetry
  • Alliteration
  • The repetition of initial sound
  • Ex. Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore
  • Allusion
  • A reference to another literary work or well
    known character/person
  • Imagery
  • Writing that appeals to the senses

Literary Terms often found in Poetry
  • Metaphor
  • a comparison between two unlike objects WITHOUT
    using like or as
  • Ex. My love is a rose
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Sound words
  • Ex. splat

Literary Terms often found in Poetry
  • Personification
  • Giving human qualities to inanimate objects
  • Ex. The diamonds begged her to take them home.
  • Simile
  • A comparison between two unlike objects using
    like or as
  • Ex. The warm air wrapped around her like a

Literary Terms often found in Poetry
  • Symbol something which represents something
  • Understatement when the intensity of what is
    said does not match the intensity of the event
  • Mood/tone the author or poets attitude towards
    his subject

Reasons for Poetry
  • Communication
  • Perspective
  • Expression
  • Enjoyment

Music and Poetry
  • The Rose that Grew from Concrete
  • Did you hear about the rose that grew from a
    crack in the concrete?  Proving nature's law is
    wrong, it  learned to walk with out having
    feet.  Funny it seems, but by keeping it's
    dreams,  it learned to breathe fresh air.  Long
    live the rose that grew from concrete when no
    one else ever cared. 
  • Tupac Shakur

Reason 1 Communication
  • Poetry in Music

Is music a form of poetry?
  • Many songs contain the same elements that a poem
  • Theme, rhythm, beat
  • Who are some musical artists that you consider to
    be poets?
  • Is rap/hip-hop a form of poetry?

Empire State of Mind
  • Yea I'm out that Brooklyn, now I'm down in
    Tribeca right next to Deniro, but I'll be hood
    forever I'm the new Sinatra, and... since I made
    it here I can make it anywhere, yea, they love me
    everywhere I used to cop in Harlem, all of my
    Dominicano's right there up on Broadway, pull me
    back to that McDonald's Took it to my stashbox,
    560 State St. catch me in the kitchen like a
    Simmons with them Pastry's Cruisin' down 8th St.,
    off white Lexus drivin' so slow, but BK is from
    Texas Me, I'm out that Bed-Stuy, home of that boy
    Biggie now I live on Billboard and I brought my
    boys with me Say what's up to Ty-Ty, still
    sippin' mai tai's sittin' courtside, Knicks
    Nets give me high five I be Spike'd out, I could
    trip a referee Tell by my attitude that I'm most
    definitely from....
  • New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made
    of There's nothin' you can't do Now you're in New
    York These streets will make you feel brand
    new Big lights will inspire you Let's hear it for
    New York, New York, New York

Argument for Rap being a form of Poetry
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vHXR-ohNo3Aosafety_

Reason 1 Communication
  • Narrative Poems

What is a narrative poem?
  • Has a plot
  • Includes all the elements of a plot diagram
  • May be long or shortsometimes even as long as a
  • Story can be simple or complex

A few songs that take a stand
  • Black or White by Michael Jackson
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Stand by Rascal Flatts
  • Not giving up
  • I wont back down by Tom Petty
  • Not giving up
  • Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Anti- War
  • A Hard Rains Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan
  • Anti-War

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, We're finally on
our own. This summer I hear the drumming, Four
dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it Soldiers are
cutting us down Should have been done long
ago. What if you knew her And found her dead on
the ground How can you run when you know?
Gotta get down to it Soldiers are cutting us
down Should have been done long ago. What if you
knew her And found her dead on the ground How can
you run when you know? Tin soldiers and Nixon
coming, We're finally on our own. This summer I
hear the drumming, Four dead in Ohio.
Born in the USA
Born down in a dead man town The first kick I
took was when I hit the ground You end up like a
dog that's been beat too much Till you spend
half your life just covering up Born in the
u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a. I was born in
the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a. Got in a little
hometown jam So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land To go and kill
the yellow man Born in the U.S.A...
Come back home to the refinery Hiring man said
son if it was up to me Went down to see my v.a.
man He said son, don't you understand I had a
brother at Khe Sahn Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone He had a
woman he loved in Saigon I got a picture of him
in her arms now Down in the shadow of the
penitentiary Out by the gas fires of the
refinery I'm ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run aint got nowhere to go
Your Task Song the takes a Stand Assignment
  • Set up your paper in MLA format (you will lose
    points otherwiseup to 5!)
  • Find a school appropriate song that takes a stand
    for or against something. Copy and paste the
  • On a separate sheet, write a paragraph describing
    what stance the song takes. (10 points)
  • Find at least 3 literary devices in the song.
    Explain their meaning and/or significance. (15
  • Due by the end of class ? Be prepared to share
    with the class
  • You may work on this in class after your grammar
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