Poetry Analysis

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  1. Annotate One Headlight by The Wallflowers marking where you see at least 3 poetic techniques being used (e.g. imagery, rhyme, repetition). Under your annotation, describe in at least 4-5 sentences the EFFECT of these devices on a theme you interpret the song to be about.

Well, they said she died easy of a broken heart disease: thisstanza in the poem contain metaphor- “easy of a brokencardiovascular disease,” rhythm- “Well they said she diedeasy,” and rhyme- “Wel, they.” The use of strongwords such as metaphors and images makes the poet to refer to thedeath of ideas. The metaphor, for instance, describes the humanityand about the end of ideas in the world. On the other hand, therhythm and rhyme created in the poem stresses on one individual andone life the suffered and died of a broken heart disease. Also, thisis accompanied by a mournful tone directed at the world as a whole.Similarly, in the phrase, well they said, the poet refers to “oneheadlight” who is living and will carry on the memory of whatthey have together lived, and drive it home with one headlight untilhis time comes, too. In addition, the line, “the long broken armof human law,” is an image that denotes that the judicialsystem has long been corrupt and it seems points who’s reallygetting judged for their actual crimes, when the have power behindthem.

  1. Use the 3 blackberry poems, for the case study, free write at least 200 words on how the poems are the same and how they are different from one another. Use at least 2 poetic terms in your discussion.

Looking at the titles of the three poems, Blackberrying, BlackberryEating, and Blackberry Picking, they are set off to describedifferent activities guided by the seasonality of the blackberries,hence, emphasizing the different time frames in which they are set.For instance, Kinnell focuses on the “blackberry eating” andHaener focuses on “blackberry picking” and the opening lines ofthe two poems makes this different in time frame more apparent, withHeaney’s poem clearly asserting that “I love to go out in lateSeptember” in line 1 and Kinnell stating that “Late August, givenheavy rain and sun” in line 1. Based on these different timeframes, the two poems offer a detailed account of the activities thatsurround these periods, given the various stages of ripening that theblackberries are in. Additionally, they both share the same themewhich is talking about nature. However, they do this in differentways. Looking at the differences in the three poems, “blackberryeating” consist of one stanza with fourteen lines, while“Blackberrying” consists of twenty-seven lines divided into threeverses, and finally, “blackberry picking” consist of two unevenstanzas, whereby one composed of sixteen lines and the other is eightlines.

  1. A Noiseless Spider by Walt Whitman and We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks – free write a minimum of 100 words each on a theme you think each poem could be about. What leads you to see this theme in the poem?

According to A Noiseless Spider, Walt uses imagery of a spiderto portray a deeper human emotion. In this case, this delicate andsimple spider represent the universal feeling that human’s feelwhen they are lonely and have not with whom they can connect with.Also, the way the speaker describes this unattached spider surroundedby “measureless oceans of space,” empathizes loneliness in amanner that it makes it easier for the reader to understand. Overly,when mentioning, “till the ductile,” the narrator is trying toexpress the instability one feels when they are not connected toanother human, and their desire to be anchored down.

On the other hand, in the We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks,the poem attempts of describing the essence of trouble teenagers whowill eventually suffer the ill-fated possibility that life rendershuman beings in the lifestyles of the street deaths. This is summedup upon the reality that the youths face when they choose to leave ordrop out of school. The speaker further points out that they live acarefree life and they could not care less about attending school. Inthis case, their poor decision serves them no advantages in any way.Finally, the title, “We Real Cool” brakes the rule of properEnglish because it presents a slang dialect that is mostly used bythe contemporary youths.

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