Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sound Devices in Poetry

 Today's Learning Objectives   To understand and appreciate poetry and understand the poet's use of sound devices (rhyme, repetition, rhythm).

Sound Devices in Poetry: Overview  Today we will read two different poems that rely on various sound devices to add to the feeling and meaning of the poem. As we read each poem, you will make note of the various sound devices (rhyme, rhythm, and repetition) using the document Sound Devices in Poetry, which can be found in your Language Arts folders. To understand more about sound devices in poetry, check out the 'Focus Your Reading' information below.

Rhyme and Repetition in "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou  We will begin today by reading the poem "Still I Rise" by the extraordinary poet Maya Angelou. Pay close attention to Angelou's use of rhyme in the poem. Do you think there is significance in the pairs of words that do rhyme? Also, look out for repetition. Is there a word or phrase that you see repeated over and over again? Why might that be significant? How does Angelou's use of rhyme and repetition add to the overall feeling and meaning of the poem?  

Rhythm in "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer  Now we will read the classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," which has a distinct rhythmic quality from start to finish. Do you notice the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables employed by Ernest Lawrence Thayer? How does Thayer's use of rhythm add to the feeling and meaning of the poem? 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Complete the assignment Sound Devices in Poetry, which will be due on Friday, November 14

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