Language Arts: Poetry

Today, we took notes on Poetry. Last class, we learned that:

  • Poetry is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader’s imagination or emotions.
  • The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.
  • Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous.
  • Most poems are written in lines.
  • A group of lines in a poem is called a stanza. 
  • Stanzas separate ideas in a poem.  They act like paragraphs.  There are many things to pay attention to when reading a poem: 
  • Title – Provides clues about – topic, mood, speaker, author’s purpose
  • Rhythm – Fast or slow? 
  • Imagery – What pictures do we make in our minds?
  • Mood – Happy, sad, angry, thoughtful, silly, excited, frightened
  • Voice – Who is speaking – poet or character; one voice or more?
  • Author’s Purpose – Sending a message, sharing feelings, telling a story, being funny, being descriptive
  • Figures of Speech – What do they tell us about the subject?
  • Plot – What is happening in the poem?     
  • Remember, to make meaning, readers must make connections and tap into their background knowledge and prior experiences as they read.  



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