The poetry genre THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF POETRY INVITATION If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in! -Shel Silverstein WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF POETRY?
poetry ptr,pitr/ noun 1.literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature. The very nature of poetry as an authentic and individual mode of expression makes it nearly impossible to define. Author unknown SOME FORMS OF POETRY
Emotions WHO WRITES POETRY? Who writes poetry? Those like me, Im told. Those with troubled souls, those who have a sense of wonder thats hard to contain. Who writes poetry? Those whove seen fortunes found, and fortunes sold; Im told. Who writes poetry? Those that have seen nations rise and nations fall. Who writes poetry? Those with troubled, tortured old souls. Those like me Im told. By: Calkem Nolley WHAT ARE SOME LITERARY DEVICES THAT THE POETS USE TO COMMUNICATE?
Alliteration Personification Sensory language Imagery Hyperbole Idioms Simile Metaphor Onomatopoeia Rhyme Rhythm
JUST A FEW FAMOUS AMERICAN POETS Shel Silverstein Maya Angelou Emily Dickenson Langston Hughes Robert Frost Walt Whitman Robert Prelutsky SHEL SILVER STEIN (1930-1999) Shel Silverstein was a renowned poet, playwright, illustrator, screenwriter, and songwriter. Best known for his immensely popular childrens books including
The Giving Tree, Falling Up, and A Light in the Attic, Silverstein has delighted tens of millions of readers around the world, becoming one of the most popular and best-loved children's authors of all time. Born in Chicago on September 25, 1930, Sheldon Allan Silverstein grew up to attain an enormous public following, but always preferred to say little about himself. When I was a kid, I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But, I couldnt play ball. I couldnt dance. So I started to draw and to write. I was lucky that I didnt have anyone to copy, or be impressed by. I had developed my own style. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silversteins first collection of poems, was published in 1974 and was hailed as an instant classic. Its poems and drawings were applauded for their zany wit, irreverent wisdom, and tender heart. His poetry books are widely used in schools as a childs first introduction to poetry. Click icon to add picture
MAYA ANGELOU (1928-2014) Maya Angelou grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her autobiographical books. Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth and The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie (1971), which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize. Angelou wrote and delivered a poem, "On The Pulse of the Morning," at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton at his request. Angelou was the first black woman director in Hollywood, and has written, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. She has also written and produced several prizewinning documentaries, including "Afro-Americans in the Arts." Maya Angelou was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting: once for her Broadway debut in Look Away (1973), and again for her performance in
Roots (1977). Click icon to add picture LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967) Born in Joplin, Missouri, James Langston Hughes was the great-great-grandson of Charles Henry Langston (brother of John Mercer Langston, the first Black American to be elected to public office). He attended Central High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began writing poetry in the eighth grade. His father would discourage him from pursuing writing as a career, in favor of something 'more practical'. Langston's tuition fees to Columbia University were paid on the grounds that he study engineering. After a while, he dropped out of the degree course, but continued to write poetry. His first
published poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, was also one of his most famous. Later, his poems, short plays, essays and short stories would appear in NAACP publications. Hughes argued, No great poet has ever been afraid of being himself." EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886) Emily was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a family well known for educational and political activity. Her father, was a lawyer and treasurer of the local college who also served in Congress. Dickinson's mother, whose name was also Emily, was a cold, religious, hard-working housewife, who suffered from depression. Her relationship with her daughter was distant. Later Dickinson wrote in a letter, that she never had a mother. Around 1850 she started to compose poems - "Awake ye muses nine, sing me a strain divine, / Unwind the solemn twine, and tie my Valentine!" she said in her earliest known poem, dated March 4, 1850. The style of her first efforts was fairly conventional, but after years of practice she began to give room for experiments.
Often written in the metre of hymns, her poems dealt not only with issues of death, faith and immortality, but with nature, domesticity, and the power and limits of language. From c.1858 Dickinson assembled many of her poems in packets of 'fascicles', which she bound herself with needle and thread. A selection of these poems appeared in 1890. Click icon to add picture Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was
honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was ROBERT FROST named Poet laureate of Vermont.
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