Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Definition: A meter is the measure of beats in a poem.

Example: Shall I comPARE thee TO a SUMmer's DAY?

Significance: A meter is important because it sets a tempo on the poem, which makes it easier to read and comprehend the poem.


 Definition:  Rhythm is the beat a poem follows.

My dog has a special twist,
She can't go a day unkissed.

She's not a normal dog,
Her furs the color of a log.

Significance:  Rhythm is important because it's like the structure of a poem and it keeps the poem flowing.


Definition: A rhyme is the similar sound between words.

Examples: Cat rhymes is hat, pat, sat, rat, mat, flat, fat, and brat.

Significance: Rhymes are important in poetry because it makes poetry fun to read and could make poems easier to understand.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Definition: Onomatopoeia is the sound something makes.

Emaple: Snap, crackle, POP!

Significance:  Onomatopoeia is important because is can give a picture in the reader's head about the surroundings in a poem. 


Definition:  Personification is giving a human action to an inadament object.

Example: The flower danced in the wind.

Significance:  Personification is important because it can bring regular object to life or appear more life like.

                                                        The moon gazed across the land.


Definition:  Imagery connects to your five senses, tactile, auditory, visual, olfactory, and gustatory.

Example:  I could hear the sizzle of bacon on the pan,as the bacony scent filled the room.

Significance: Imagery is important because it gives the reader an image of what's going on and what the setting might look like.  And when it connects to your five senses,  that image can seem almost life like.


Definition:  A simile is comparing two things using like or as.

Example:  The cat was as fat as a cow.

Significance: Similies are important in poetry because it shows a clearer image in the reader's head.  Like when you say a cat is fat.  How fat? The cat was as fat as a cow.  The simile shows that the cat is really fat.

Friday, May 18, 2012


Definition:  Repitition is the repeating of lines or phrases in a poem.


O Captain! My Captain!

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Walt Whitman
In this poem Walt Whitman repeats the lines, " fallen cold and dead" and O Captain my Captain."
Significance:  Repitition is important because it can be used to emphasize certain lines or phrases that the author wants the readers to concentrate more on.


Definition:  Tone is the emotions and attitude when the speaker reads a poem.


Spread Your Wings

By Gregory Hudson

Close your eyes, open your heart
concentrate hard, get ready to start
It is almost time to lift off and fly.
Believe in yourself
 and you'll fly very high.
Open your wings, spread them out
This is what flying is all about.
I know you can make it through this test.
Come on now. Do your best.
Now that you can fly and soar,
you can enter that successful door.
You've spread your wings and lifted your voice.
It's now time for others to make the right choice.

The tone of this poem is inspiring and calm.

Significance:  Tone is important because it brings life to a poem, without it poems would be boring and monotone.  The speaker relies on tone to give poems more depth and to connect to the audience.


Definition: Interpretation is how you understand a poem.

Example:  I interpret the line "And lose, and start a again at your beginnings," in the poem If by Rudyard Kipling, as an obstacle course.  If you skip a tire on a tire cross, you can't continue on, you would have to start at the beginnig.

Significance:   Interpretation is important because it shows if you really understand something and can make something easier to understand.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Metaphor and Extended Metaphor


Definition:  A metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as.

Example:  The classroom is a circus.
This metaphor compares the loudness in some classrooms to the loudness in a circus.

Significance: Metaphors are important because it can be used to make something easier to understand by showing the similarities in two unlike things.

Extended Metaphor

Definition:  An extended metaphor is a comparison between a group and another group of words using multiple metaphors that usually relate to the first sentence in the extended metaphor.

Example: Emotions is weather.  Sadness is rain.  Happiness is a sunny day.  Anger is lighting. Confused is foggy.

Significance:  An extended metaphor is important because it gives more detail on the idea given.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Definition:  The speaker of a poem is the voice in a poem that tells you what's going on.  It also doesn't have to be the author of the poem.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

By Langston Hughes
In this poem, Langston Hughes could be the speaker, telling us about dreams.

Significance: The speaker of a poem is important because it sets the mood and meaning for a poem.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Definition: A symbol is a phrase or picture that represents something.

A dove is a symbol of peace and a heart is a symbol of love.

Significance:  Symbols are important because it makes the reader think and could be used as a more meaningful way of comunication.  A symbol can make a reader think outside of what the picture truley is.  For example, a dove might represent peace to some people, but it could mean serenity to others.


Definition: Couplets are two lines of poetry that don't need to ryhme all the time, but usually do.


Silly Sally
When Silly Sally irons her clothes, they come out looking awful.
She did not read the label and her iron was meant to waffle.

By Denise Rodgers
Significance:  Couplets are important in poetry because the occasional rhymes makes it more fun to read and reading poetry should be fun.


Definition:  A stanza is a group of lines in a poem that are separated with spaces.


End of April

Under a cherry tree
I found a robin’s egg,
broken, but not shattered.

I had been thinking of you,
and was kneeling in the grass
among fallen blossoms

when I saw it: a blue scrap,
a delicate toy, as light
as confetti

It didn’t seem real,
but nature will do such things
from time to time.

I looked inside:
it was glistening, hollow,
a perfect shell

except for the missing crown,
which made it possible
to look inside.

What had been there
is gone now
and lives in my heart

where, periodically,
it opens up its wings,
tearing me apart.

By  Phillis Levin

Significance:  A stanza is an important part of poetry because without it, poetry would be hard to understand.  Stanzas give the reader a break while you're reading to let you think about what you've just read.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Definition: Poetry is a way of expressing thoughts, feeling, and emotions through words, and also for a reader's entertainment.


Ticklish Tom

Did you hear 'bout Ticklish Tom?
He got tickled by his mom.
Wiggled and giggled and fell on the floor,
Laughed and rolled right out the door.
All the way to school and then
He got tickled by his friends.
Laughed till he fell off his stool,
Laughed and rolled right out of school
Down the stairs and finally stopped
Till he got tickled by a cop.
And all the more that he kept gigglin',
All the more folks kept ticklin'.ticklish Tom
He shrieked and screamed and rolled around,
Laughed his way right out of town.
Through the country down the road,
He got tickled by a toad.
Past the mountains across the plain,
Tickled by the falling rain,
Tickled by the soft brown grass,
Tickled by the clouds that passed.
Giggling, rolling on his back
He rolled on the railroad track.
Rumble, rumble, whistle, roar--
Tom ain't ticklish any more.

Significance: I would use poetry in my studies to show my feelings or my emotions.  Poetry is important in Language Arts because it could be used to tell the author's inside feelings and thoughts.  Poetry can be used for entertainment and to connect with other people.