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Think of a certain poet, whose poetry you’ve been reading a lot lately. Does he/she use any of these forms of figurative language in his/her writing? Let’s see…
Here’s my literary challenge: find examples of these literary devices (metaphor, simile, personification) in the poems you’ve been reading (if you’re in Mrs. Sparhawk’s class, use the specific poet you’ve been assigned) and post them as comments. If you can find examples of all three, you can earn extra credit–but make sure you really KNOW the difference between each of those terms.
Here’s how your comment should look:
- Give the name of the poet.
- State the title(s) of the poem(s) in which you found the examples.
- Quote your example from the poem(s), using quotation marks. Don’t forget to use the / symbol whenever a line ends.
- State which form of figurative language the poet uses in this particular quote.
- Include a brief explanation of why you think that particular form of figurative language applies.
- If you have additional examples, include those in the same way.
Here’s an example of one done for you:
- My poet is Robert Browning.
- My example comes from “The Last Ride Together”.
- “My soul/Smoothed itself out, a long-cramped scroll/Freshening and fluttering in the wind…”
- This is an example of a metaphor because Browning says his soul is a scroll.
- Browning is comparing his soul to a scroll–two unlike things–without using the words “like” or “as” (which would make it a simile instead).
- I have no additional examples.