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Exam Prep. Links/Resources

May 31, 2007

http://www.leasttern.com/LitTerms/literary_terms.htm#LiteraryForms

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Thank You Mr. Kerr!

April 24, 2007

Local artist and poet-extrordinaire, Ted Kerr, presented to our class last week, and we want to say THANKS!

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Ode

March 15, 2007

Definition: An ode is a piece of poetry or prose that is addressed to someone or something and which speaks with good feeling or respect.

In terms of topics, an ode can be to anyone or anything.  For example: “An Ode to My Eraser” or “Ode to McDonalds”, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poetic Device #3: Simile

March 15, 2007

When we use a simile we say one that one thing is like or as something else.  We all use similes without realizing it.

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We Read To Know We Are Not Alone…

March 14, 2007

Reading, and especially for our purposes reading poetry, is an amazing thing.  We bring ourselves — our likes, dislikes, personality and experiences — to every poem we read, and the “us” we take away from the poem is always a little different and changed forever.  In a way, when we read, we become the poem, and the poem becomes us.  Sometimes we read a poem that really strikes a chord with us; it has a special meaning and touches us in some way.

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Extended Metaphors

March 12, 2007

A metaphor is defined as “a comparison between one thing and another without using like or as.”  An extended metaphor is a longer metaphor that continues the comparison for several lines or stanzas; multiple comparisons are made between the two things instead of just one.

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Poetic Device #2: Alliteration

March 6, 2007

Alliteration is the repetition of letters and sounds for effect.  It is often used by authors and poets.  The effect can be:

          …spooky – The silver spider slowly sidled towards her.

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