Poetry

Good Essays
Poetry can evoke strong feelings in readers. Select three poems we’ve read and examine the literary techniques the poets used to evoke a reader’s emotional response (note: not your emotional response.) How do the poets’ various techniques connect to their readers’ feelings?

Because a writer wants to evoke strong feelings into their writings, they use a variety of techniques from wording to the sense of the feeling the reader feels. In the poem, “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes, he uses the descriptive words to describe how many people’s dreams have been put on hold or eliminated totally due to the era of war. It reflects on how many African Americans have been among those who have left their dreams behind, or deferred them. It follows where they are in the present time.
In the poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” the writer expresses the feelings he has towards his father and the affection felt. He shares his experience with the times he shared with his father as they danced. As you read the story, the writer then expresses some resentment he might have towards his father, as interpreted by the reader.

In the poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” the writer is expressing the strong feelings he has for someone he loves. He compares the woman he writes about to a summer day and that her beauty will never fade.

In the poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” it is written in a 1st person voice using the word “I.” The writer speaks of bathing in the Euphrates, the hut he built near the Congo and watching the sun set on the Mississippi. He compares the African American history to the history of the river he speaks of.

In the poems “The Lamb” and “The Tyger,” the writer uses words that describe how the Lamb is one of innocence and purity. The Tyger is one that has the reader interpreting that he is one of evil and no remorse. It has the reader comparing the two different beings to what life is now as we know it.

So when writers write their poems and want to



Cited: McMahan, Elizabeth, Susan X. Day, Robert Funk, and Linda Coleman. Literature and the Writing Process. Pearson, 2011. Web. Blake, William. The Lamb. 1789. Blake, William. The Tyger. 1794 Hughes, Langston. Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Random House, Print. Roethke, Theodore. Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke. Hearst Magazines, 1942. Print.

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Better Essays

    Poetry

    • 1322 Words
    • 6 Pages

    A Definition Of Poetry What is poetry? The question "What is poetry" used to be easier to answer. If it rhymed and had a regular meter (a type of rhythm), it probably was a poem. As they say, "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.” These days, not all poems rhyme or fit into standard forms. And if you look for a response to the question, "What is poetry?" you 'll find lots of musings…

    • 1322 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    poetry

    • 450 Words
    • 2 Pages

    This article is about the art form. For other uses, see Poetry (disambiguation). Literature Major forms Novel Poem Drama Short story Novella Genres Comedy Drama Epic Erotic Nonsense Lyric Mythopoeia Romance Satire Tragedy Tragicomedy Media Performance (play) Book Techniques Prose Poetry History and lists Outline of literature Glossary of terms History (modern) Books Writers Literary / Poetry awards Discussion Criticism Theory Sociology Magazines Literature…

    • 450 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    poetry

    • 828 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Marianna Moore “Poetry” While reading this poem, at first it was difficult to completely understand what is happening or what is exactly is being told. I decided to break down sentence by sentence to make it easier and it helped bring out the poems true colors. “I too dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle”. After reading this segment it points out to me that our speaker shares that she too doesn’t like it referring to the reader that they must not like it…

    • 828 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Poetry

    • 324 Words
    • 2 Pages

    "If I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry" (Emily Dickinson). Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Poetry is the style of writing which sometimes has a unclear or secret theme. Poetry is often used to express or describe personal feeling or emotions. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden- Robert Hayden is the speaker in this poem. He talks as the son to the father. This poem talks about the love of son to the father, who…

    • 324 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    poetry

    • 410 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Evaluating Poetry The poem “Gods Will for You and Me” is the good poem and “Pied Beauty” is the bad poem according to Perrine standards. The central purpose of both these poems is to encourage the readers’ individual feelings about God. The poem “Pied Beauty” is extremely didactic. The writer of this poem is preaching God on the reader. They are trying to get the reader to see all of the things that God has created on the earth and how amazing each one is. The whole poem seems to be a continuous…

    • 410 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    In poetry

    • 85 Words
    • 1 Page

    In poetry, what are "free verse" and "haiku"? B. They are poetic forms. Which genre and form BEST describe the following poem? A. narrative haiku Which of the following is NOT a genre of poetry? C. allusion Which of the following words and phrases from the poem does NOT contribute to our understanding of the speaker's cultural background? A. hotel Which genre and form BEST describe the following poem? A. narrative haiku In poetry, what are "free verse" and "haiku"? B. They are poetic…

    • 85 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    poetry

    • 1557 Words
    • 7 Pages

    English literature, but poetry and politics preoccupied him more than anything else. Progressive Writers' Movement (PWM), Faiz was an avowed Marxist-communist, long associated member of Russian-backed Communist Party and was a recipient of Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1962. Despite being repeatedly accused of atheism by the political and military establishment, Faiz's poetry was like flowing water making its way straight to the heart of readers. For writing poetry that always antagonizes…

    • 1557 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Poetry

    • 538 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Poetry Poetry is written to be heard the way a song is meant to be sung. Poetry has been around for ages and enjoyed from children to adults alike. Poetry is not just words on paper that imparts data; it is much more than that. Poetry is an art form that in order to be fully understood, one has to be able to analyze read between the lines. Analyzing poetry can be a daunting task. One may have to read the poem several times with a dictionary handy, just to get an idea what the poem is about…

    • 538 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Poetry

    • 695 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Visualize Poetry Through the ages of poetry, many poets have been making images with the expressions that they use to become leaders in creating the art of language. Several authors of the poems that we study daily use personification to make animals and objects do things that people do everyday to give the poem a twist. Poets also use imagery to give their readers a good portrait of what they are trying to describe. “Southbound on the Freeway” by May Swenson and “Once by the Ocean” by…

    • 695 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Poetry

    • 1294 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Different Approaches to Romantic Poetry Practical Analysis 1- Introduction For passion or profession, for hobby or obligation, for delight or duty, for this reason or another, one takes his pen and devotes few minutes he steals from time to trace expressive words on paper. I am among many, in ruptures about literature and this study day comes as a golden opportunity to show how much my fancy is caught and how far my love is increased when the heart excitingly beats and the feeling increasingly…

    • 1294 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays