Sound devices in poetry

Some poetic devices that make use of sound and repetition to create both meaning and effect. Some definitions and examples…

“Poetry or Prose?” Intro to our new unit on poetry

Today we started out fourth unit in grade 11 language and literature.  This unit addresses part 4 of the language and literature course syllabus and is entitled ‘Literature: critical study.’

We will examine the poetry of Seamus Heaney and investigate why people choose to write poems, or even write narratives poetically.  What actually makes English poetic?  These are some of the questions that will drive our inquiry.

To begin, read the unit outline posters below and post your ‘tentative thesis’ to the unit questions in the comments section below. Consider the ideas of your peers as well.

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“Seeing is Believing!” Turning word pictures into ideas

In our Grade 8 English poetry unit we have been exploring literary devices (including simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, proverb, idiom) and imagery (five senses – sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste).  We have found these pieces of language to figuratively describe objects and things in a vivid, descriptive way.

Today we have moved on to looking at how these vivid images might actually hide deeper, more abstract ideas and morals.  Here are some deconstructed examples of student poetry…

What is poetry? ‘Home is…’

What is prose?  What is poetry?  What’s the difference?  Read the poem above, then add in a ‘poetic’ description of home in the comments.

Then, write your own blog post entitled ‘Poetry vs. Prose.’  Cut and paste your definition of poetry from last lesson AND your new ‘poetic’ description.  Discuss the difference and answer the question: what is poetry?  When and where should we be poetic with our language, and where should we be prosaic?

What is poetry?

Today we started our second unit in grade 8 English – ‘Power Poetry!’

We will be exploring how and why poetry is created using the human ingenuity lens.

Our unit question is: ‘How do words move me?’

In the comments section, please leave a comment with two things:

1) What is poetry?  Give it your own definition.
2) Write a tentative thesis (like a guess) answering the unit question.

I hope you enjoy the unit!


Poetry was meant to be read ‘Out Loud’!

Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful organisation and website with lots of resources on poetry recital.

If you are preparing for a recital, looking for some tips on analysing poetry, or even if you a getting ready for any sort of oral presentation, there are some great tips here!

If you happen to find any particularly helpful resources or enjoyable poems/recitals I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Schools of literary criticism

While it may not be that useful at the moment, the following site will definitely come in handy when we begin to look at literature later this year.

There are also handy guides on reading, analysing and writing poetry.  Also, there is a section on subject-specific writing that may come in handy for other subjects.

Have a look when you get some time.  I hope it comes in handy later this year!