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Poetry e-Portfolio

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Poetry is expressive and artistic
writing, that lets writers express their
What is Poetry? emotions and feelings through the
words. It lets readers get lost while
reading and explore a new world of
Literary Devices and Figurative Language
Poetry Term: Definition: Example:

Alliteration The occurrence of the same letter or Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled
sound at the beginning of adjacent or peppers.
closely connected words.

Allegory A story, poem, or picture that can be Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser is a
interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, religious or moral allegory where
typically a moral or political one. characters represent virtues and vices.

Allusion an expression designed to call something When you feel betrayed by a friend, you
to mind without mentioning it explicitly; can say, "You too, Brutus?
an indirect or passing reference.

Assonance In poetry, the repetition of the sound of a In the over-mastering loneliness of that
vowel or diphthong in non rhyming moment, his whole life seemed to him
stressed syllables near enough to each nothing but vanity.
other for the echo to be discernible (e.g.,
penitence, reticence ).
Literary Devices and Figurative Language
Poetry Term: Definition: Example:

Figurative Language Language that contains or uses figures of I move fast like a cheetah on the
speech, especially metaphors. Serengeti.

Hyperbole Exaggerated statements or claims not He is as skinny as a toothpick.

meant to be taken literally.

Imagery Visually descriptive or figurative Where the ocean kissed the southern
language, especially in a literary work. shore

Literary Device Literary Devices refers to the typical Alleogory, Simlie.

structures used by writers in their works
to convey his or her messages in a simple
manner to the readers.
Literary Devices and Figurative Language
Poetry Term: Definition: Example:

Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or The alligators teeth are white daggers.
phrase is applied to an object or action to
which it is not literally applicable.

Onomatopoeia The formation of a word from a sound The best part about music class is that
associated with what is named. you can bang on the drum.

Personification The attribution of a personal nature or Lightning danced across the sky.
human characteristics to something

Pun A joke exploiting the different possible She had a photographic memory but
meanings of a word or the fact that there never developed it.
are words that sound alike but have
different meanings.
Literary Devices and Figurative Language
Poetry Term: Definition: Example:

Repetition The action of repeating something that

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
has already been said or written.

Rhyme Correspondence of sound between See you later, alligator.

words or the endings of words, especially
when these are used at the ends of lines
of poetry.

Simile A figure of speech involving the As American as apple pie.

comparison of one thing with another
thing of a different kind, used to make a
description more emphatic or vivid

Stanza A group of lines forming the basic Hey Jude, dont make it bad. Take a sad song
recurring Metrical unit in a poem; a and make it better. Remember to let her into
verse. your heart. Then you can start to make it
It Will Rain

Artist: Bruno Mars

Lyrical Breakdown Title: It Will Rain

Songwriter: Bruno Mars

Lyrical Breakdown: It Will Rain But they're just afraid of something
There's no religion that could save me they can't understand
If you ever leave me baby,
Ooh but little darlin' watch me
No matter how long my knees are on the floor
Leave some morphine at my door change their minds

Ooh so keep in mind all the sacrifices I'm Yea for you I'll try I'll try I'll try I'll
'Cause it would take a whole lot of medication
makin' try
To realize what we used to have, I'll pick up these broken pieces 'til
Will keep you by my side
I'm bleeding
We don't have it anymore.
Will keep you from walkin' out the door. If that'll make you mine

There's no religion that could save me Cause there'll be no sunlight

I'll never be your mother's favorite
If I lose you, baby
No matter how long my knees are on the floor
Your daddy can't even look me in the eye There'll be no clear skies
Ooh so keep in mind all the sacrifices I'm makin' If I lose you, baby
Ooh if I was in their shoes, I'd be doing the
same thing Just like the clouds
Will keep you by my side
My eyes will do the same, if you
Sayin there goes my little girl
Will keep you from walkin' out the door. walk away
Walkin' with that troublesome guy Everyday it will rain
Lyrical Breakdown continued:
Don't you say, goodbye

Don't you say, goodbye

I'll pick up these broken pieces 'til I'm bleeding

Heres a link to the music video:
If that'll make it right
'Cause there'll be no sunlight

If I lose you, baby

There'll be no clear skies

If I lose you, baby

Just like the clouds

My eyes will do the same, if you walk away

Everyday it will rain

Lyrical Breakdown: It Will Rain
Summary: I think this song is about a man (Bruno Mars), who wants his girlfriend to stay with him, and is
willing to do anything to win her back. He makes it very clear that his life won't be complete without her,
and is trying to fight for her love and trust back. The main point of the song is losing someone you don't
want to ever lose.

Interpretation: In my opinion, the deeper meaning of this song is its very difficult to lose someone you
love and have given everything to.

Theme: I think the theme of this song, is sometimes you need to work on your relationships before its too
late. The reason I think this, is because the song explains that if he had tried harder, their relationship
wouldve worked.
Lyrical Breakdown: It Will Rain
Line from the song: Literary Device: Why the author might have chosen
this device:

Don't you say, goodbye Reptiton Because he wanted to get his

Don't you say, goodbye point across, that he doesn't want
her to leave him.

Ill pick up these broken pieces Imagery He won't actually pick up broken
pieces, he is saying his heart is

Just like the clouds, my eyes Metaphor He is implying that he will cry a
would do the same lot, just like the clouds rain.
Famous Poet:
Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in
Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily grew up with her
younger sister, Lavina and her older brother Austin. She
grew up in a strong household run by her father, as she
didn't see her mother often, due to her being not being
emotionally accessible. Emily's father was a lawyer and
served as the treasurer of Amherst College, which made sure her
family was financially set. She withdrew from everyone and
everything, including her father and stayed in the house for the
last twenty years of her life to write poetry.
Famous Poets: Emily Dickinson
Live in Vain: Why I chose this Poet and Poem:

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I chose this poem because it talks about how
helping others, makes someone happier and feel
I shall not live in vain; better about themselves. And I chose this this poet
because I love the way she expresses her feelings
If I can ease one life the aching,
through the words, and how easy it is to relate to
her writing.
Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

Types of Poems:
Poem Type: About This Poem:

Haiku There are no specific rules for writing haiku; however, the structure of haiku is always the same,
including the following features: Only three lines, totaling 17 syllables throughout. The first line
is only 5 syllables. The second line is 7 syllables

Couplet A couple is two of something. A couplet is a poem made of two lines of rhyming poetry that
usually have the same meter. There are no rules about length or rhythm

Sonnet There are fourteen lines in a Shakespearean sonnet. The first twelve lines are divided into three
quatrains with four lines each. In the three quatrains the poet establishes a theme or problem
and then resolves it in the final two lines

Acrostic Poetry that contains certain letters, usually the first in each line form a word or message when
read in a sequence

Cinquain The first line is one word which is the title of the poem.
The second line contains two words which are adjectives that describe the title.
The third line has three words that tell the reader more about the subject of the poem or
shows action.
Types of Poems:
Poem Type: About This Poem:

ABC Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in
alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and begins with any letter.

Limerick A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have
seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth
lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the
same rhythm.

Free Verse A Free Verse Poem does not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the
author. Rhyming, syllable count, punctuation, number of lines, number of stanzas, and line
formation can be done however the author wants in order to convey the idea

Narrative A narrative poem tells the story of an event in the form of a poem. There is a strong sense of
narration, characters, and plot.

Epic Epic - a lengthy narrative poem in grand language celebrating the adventures and
accomplishments of a legendary or conventional hero
Dad, Free Verse
I know you may not think so I dont know what you want from me Time to open your eyes

GIve me a hint or clue To give me a hand

But Im trying really hard
Please give me a sign Instead of looks and sighs
I dont do it on purpose
I dont know what to do Its not that I don't love you
I did not pick this card
If you only knew And its not that I dont care
Im trying my very best
How much I struggle in this war The fact is that I need help too
To get this hurdle jumped Maybe you would be there I need somebody there

But no one else is there To pick me up off of the floor And its not you

To help me out of this slump Its time to stop pretending

One More Time, Free Verse
I wish that I could talk to you I wish that I could bring you back
And beg you not to go To see you one last time
I wish I asked what you were going through To hug you closer, to hear your voice
But now Ill never know And told you I loved you that day

I wish that I had some warning But all these things cant ever happen
Of what you'd do that night The nightmares are all about you
And that youd given me a chance to save you There's not one thing I can change
To help you make things right Because these wishes will never come true

I wish that the last time I saw you

I didnt rush away
I wish I had hugged you harder
And told you I loved you that day
With her head hung low
And nowhere to go

She cant explain

This mysterious pain

It comes on so fast

How long will it last

Her heart is just pounding, her head starts to


Pain Please go away, she doesnt want you in

She's uncontrollably crying
It feels like shes dying

Her body is trembling, her hands start to shake

Free Verse She feels so helpless with this horrible ache

Wit her head hung low

And nowhere to go

She tries to explain

This mysterious pain
Your Worth, Free Verse
They say never give up Just like today
Never give in, The sun will shine again
Keep fighting that fight, Through the clouds and the rain
So the devil doesnt win The sun still remains
Through the hurt and the pain And all the darkness will fade away
The sorrow and the shame
So hold your head high
The one thing you need to remember
And feel the warmth
Is that tomorrow is never the same It may remind you
What you are truly worth
Hold onto your hope and dreams
For your fears are less than they seem
So to all of you who feel like they are losing the fight
And to those who feel like there is no hope in sight
Take a minute to look at the sky
And remember that theres something
Out there bigger than you and I
Trust Me
Blackout Poem
Life Found Poem