How do you think that the literary devices aid the poet in expressing his or her thoughts?

Read pages in the Backpack Literature (Kennedy & Gioia).
Chapters 9-22 all deal with poetry in some form or fashion. Instead of reading the entirety of these chapters, I’m going to pin point some things to focus on.
Literary Terms:
pp. 377-379 or 363-365
pp. 393-394 or 379-381
pp. 418-420 or 404-404
pp. 437-438 or 421-422
pp. 448-449 or 432-433
p. 462 or 432-433
pp. 481-483 or 447-448
pp. 496-499 or 464-466
pp. 512- 515 or 478-482
This gets us through chapter 14. I suggest scanning the remaining chapters on poetry through 22 to familiarize yourself with the major terms.
I’ve broken the poems into categories:
NOTE: the page numbers below are for the 5th edition. If you have the 4th, you an easily look up the page. 🙂
“Those Winter Sundays” p. 382
“My Papa’s Waltz” p. 393
“For My Daughter” p. 399
“The Mother” p. 591
“The One Girl at the Boys’ Party” p. 628
Youth, Growing, and Aging
“When I Was One-and-Twenty” p. 507
“White Lies” p. 400
“Rite of Passage” p. 410
“When Maidens are Young” p. 484
“Beauty” p. 961
“Lonely Hearts” p. 430
“Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” p. 464
“Embrace” p. 458
“What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why” p. 522
“First Love: A Quiz” p. 566
“Cinderella” p. 572
“How Do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways” p. 595
“My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun” p. 637
“Fire & Ice” p. 441
“God’s Grandeur” p. 491
“Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God, for You” p. 420
“Pied Beauty” p. 453
“The Second Coming” p. 567
“Learning to Love America” p. 625
“I Hear America Singing” p. 644
“Calvary Crossing a Ford” p. 539
Death and Dying
“Minefield” p. 442
“Tears” p. 443
“The World is Too Much With Us” p. 563
“Not Waving but Drowning” p. 458
“Ballad of Birmingham” p. 520
“Nothing Gold Can Stay” p. 562
“To An Athlete Dying Young” p. 616
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” p. 600
“Death Be Not Proud” p. 601
“When You are Old” p. 651
“Do Not go Gentle into That Good Night” p. 526
“The Eagle” p. 463
“Turtle” p. 475
“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” p. 607
“Bright Star” p. 457
“Desert Places” p. 492
“Grass” p. 425
“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” p.540
“The Tyger” p. 590
Choices and Triumph
“The Road Not Taken” p. 555
“Wild Geese” p. 557
“Lady Lazarus” p. 568
“The Pow Wow at the End of the World” p. 582
“We Wear the Mask” p. 527
Essay – Poetry
Poets often use different literary terms in their poems (metaphors, similes, imagery, etc). Read the three poems you chose again, and find at least two literary devices in each. Give examples of the devices used. How do you think that the literary devices aid the poet in expressing his or her thoughts? For whom do you think that this poem was written (audience)? What would you say are the themes of the poems, and what do you think that the poet trying to say through the entire poem?
Essay guidelines
• The essay should be no fewer than 1000 words.
• The essay should include citations from the text.
• The essay should NOT include information from any outside sources other than your textbook. You should include both inner citations and a works cited page from the information in the textbook in MLA format.
• Students should make sure that they answer the entire question and support their answers.

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