poetry

poetry

poetry March 11 2013 Do now answer the questions below on a new left hand page in your notebook 1.What are some ways authors write to make their details more vivid? 2.What are some good describing words to describe a (list something)? 3.How can we write things to show comparisons? compare and contrast the characteristics of these two types of trees Willow and Ginkgo by Eve Merriam The willow is like an etching, Fine-lined against the sky.

Then ginkgo is like a crude sketch, Hardly worthy to be signed. The willows music is like a soprano, Delicate and thin. The ginkgos tune is like a chorus With everyone joining in. The willow is sleek as a velvet-nosed calf, The ginkgo is leathery as an old bull. The willows branches are like silken thread; The ginkgos like stubby rough wool. The willow is like a nymph with streaming hair; Wherever it grows, there is green and gold and fair. The willow dips to the water, Protected and precious, like the kings favorite daughter. The ginkgo forces its way through gray concrete; Like a city child, it grows up in the street. Thrust against the metal sky, Somehow it survives and even thrives. My eyes feast upon the willow, But my heart goes to the ginkgo. Willow and Ginkgo by Eve Merriam

The willow is like an etching, Fine-lined against the sky. Then ginkgo is like a crude sketch, Hardly worthy to be signed. The willows music is like a soprano, Delicate and thin. The ginkgos tune is like a chorus With everyone joining in. The willow is sleek as a velvet-nosed calf, The ginkgo is leathery as an old bull. The willows branches are like silken thread; The ginkgos like stubby rough wool. The willow is like a nymph with streaming hair; Wherever it grows, there is green and gold and fair. The willow dips to the water, Protected and precious, like the kings favorite daughter. The ginkgo forces its way through gray concrete;

Like a city child, it grows up in the street. Thrust against the metal sky, Somehow it survives and even thrives. My eyes feast upon the willow, But my heart goes to the ginkgo. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Highlight the similes How many different comparisons are made? What purpose do

these comparisons serve? Do you see any other poetic devices? Highlight the rhyming words with a different color. Mother to Son by Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners,

And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. Mother to Son by Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's,

And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair. What is being compared? This is an extended metaphor. How many

parts of a staircase are included in this poem? homework examine extended metaphor and generate similes Expanding Serendipitous Similes in Poems Use one of the similes we created during class and write a story or a descriptive paragraph about your character, and use the simile somewhere in your description

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