How does using poetic devices affect the audience?
Poetic devices can help understand the poem better. For example if a poem compares anger to an erupting volcano, then it would help the audience understand that the anger has been bottled up until that point then explodes all at once, and that it is hot destructive anger. Like someone crying, yelling, slamming doors, breaking glass. If the poem compares anger to a blizzard or a snowstorm, then it would help the audience understand that the anger is cold, anger that leaves you confused and wondering what has happened. Like someone deadly silent, saying only a few words, keeping the anger bottled up even during the confrontation. The kind of anger that leaves you more angry at the other person than yourself, because they won’t tell you what’s wrong.
Another example is personification, if a poem says a cloud trudges across the sky, it helps the readers understand that the cloud is slowly moving across the sky. Kind of like a person moving slowly through thick mud. But if the poem says the cloud skips through the air, it helps the readers understand that the cloud is moving quickly through the sky.
Did any of the poems you read about family help you to understand your own family or other people’s family in a different way? Refer to specific poems and what you learned from them SPECIFICALLY.
None of the poems helped me understand my family better, but “Death of a Hired Man” by Robert Frost helped me understand other people’s families in a different way. In this poem, it mentioned Silas’s brother, and that he didn’t go to his brother when he needed help. His brother is probably all the family he has left, so why didn’t Silas go to him? I realised that maybe he and his brother didn’t have a good relationship. I knew that some families didn’t have good relations, but I never thought why, until now. I thought about what had happened between Silas and his brother, maybe his brother is ashamed of Silas and cut all contact between them, maybe they just never got along. This poem made me think more about families and what happened to make them they way they are.
For those of you who were fans of poetry to begin with, what do you think is so unique about poetry as a form of expression? What new things did you learn in the unit?
I’ve alway liked poetry, even though I didn’t read it that often. I think poetry is unique because it can tell a story through figurative language. Often times there is symbolism in poetry, and you can’t find unless you dig deep enough. Poetry takes words, strings them together, and gives a whole new meaning to it. For example the line “it hit the moon. Then there were three there, making a dim row, the moon, the little silver cloud, and she” from “Death of a Hired Man” isn’t actually talking about the moon, a silver cloud, and a person. I still don’t completely know what this line means, but “it hit the moon” probably means it hit the mark, or it hit what it needed to.
I learned about how poems use symbolism, and how effective it can be. For example “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins, yes the poem is about a lanyard, but it isn’t just about a lanyard. It’s about what the lanyard symbolises; a mother’s love. In this poem, the narrator compares everything his mother has done for him, to this lanyard he made for her out of boredom. It’s a bit comedic in a way, since the lanyard is such a small little thing, and it’s practically nothing compared to his mother’s love. The message that comparing the lanyard and his mother’s love, conveys in that you can’t repay your mother.
I also learned about different literary terms and devices for poetry. For example, enjambment, I’ve never heard of that word before this poetry unit. When I read poetry before, I thought it was weird that lines were split up that way. I didn’t know why poets did that, and I didn’t bother to think much about it. Now that I know the purpose, I can see how clever it is. For example in “Birches” by Robert Frost, this line in particular stands out to me. “I’d like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over” There is a line skip between ‘awhile’ and ‘and’. This gives the effect of a pause. In that line, it says that the narrator would like to get away from earth, then come back. When I read that line, there is a pause between the two lines, and it makes it feel as if the narrator actually left for a while then came back.