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poetry analysis

Filed under: poetry analysis — alayna at 1:46 am on Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is a project that was assigned to the ap literature students right before thanksgiving break. We were given the daunting task of analyzing six out of ten poems and creating a prezi about what we learned. This is my project, i  hope you enjoy!

1. Elderly Lady Crossing on Green

By: Wyatt Prunty


  Wyatt Prunty’s poem “Elderly Lady Crossing on Green” uses the following literary elements to convey his overall theme to the reader. These elements include a sense of carefree youthfulness in the life of an elderly woman.

  Prunty speaks of an elderly woman reminiscing about her days as a racer. He uses allusion in lines 4 and 14 to present her time as , “never widow, wife, mother or a bride”. These times of mere freedom and no boundaries are to her, “time she’d like to tell.” The imagery used in between these lines give the reader the impression of a young fearless woman within an elderly woman just wanting to escape from her elderly life. Wyatt Prunty presents other allusions to her past in lines 9-12 by speaking of the way in which she used to go fast in her V8 power glide. If you were in the way she would run you into the dirt.

  The poem is written in a stanzaic form. There are five stanzas of 4 lines a piece, that use the rhyme scheme ABCB. This poem has an abundance of positive space due to the amount of text. This poem is not enjambment due to the fact that it uses commas, ellipses, and periods to present a more organized form rather than a run-on sentence.




 2. Flower in the Crannied Wall

By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson


 “Flower in the Crannied Wall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is a basic representation of the meaning of life. He moves from an insignificant situation to a significant situation through the use of a flower. The metaphorical examples such as “what you are, root and all, all in all…” shows the he uses the questions of what the flower is, what is the flower’s purpose, and how it is all connected to the flower’s life or the speaker’s life to piece together the meaning of life. Through the mere six lines written in stanzaic form, with NO rhyme scheme seems small it conveys a long message. It is written with positive space and a pause to stop the reader and to gather thought creating a bit of negative space. This poem is not enjambment it does not run-on, but it uses end stopped lines to slow the reader down, The allusion in this poem is when he references, “ I should know what god and man is.” Thus, showing us a reference to a biblical figure.



3. Here

By: Grace Paley


  In the poem “Here” by Grace Paley the author speaks of love and the current state of the world. It’s a love poem that appreciates the love in the speaker’s life, the speaker’s grandchild, and her husband. The poem uses and allegory to convey a hidden theme. In lines 13 through 16 the speaker talks about how her husband is explaining the world’s sad story to the meter reader. Through this statement the speaker is saying that her and her husband are both displeased by how the world is changing. This ties in to the obvious message of love because she wants to kiss her husband and the admiration of how his feelings of the world meet hers. The overwhelming desire she has physically overtakes her because he shares her same vision and passion for the world.

  This poem is written in the nonce form. It is placed together by a couplet, tercet, and a stanza. It is enjambment because it runs-on and doesn’t have any formal punctuation. It is quite formal, there is no elaborate ways of speaking. It’s as if the speaker is just a regular person sitting in front of you telling you their life story. Through its many breaks and pauses it creates negative space to pace the reader.




4. A Beautiful Girl Combs Her Hair

By: Li Ho


   Li Ho’s poem “A Beautiful Girl Combs Her Hair” is about the envy of a beautiful girl. The speaker in this poem is more than likely another female. She is describing this lovely girl using figurative language such as metaphors and personification. The speaker compares the girl’s hair to shiny blue-black stuff and gives the personification of her hairs long coil to be a “cloud down to the floor.”  As the poem goes on the speaker shows signs of being an older woman showing envy of this young girl of 18’s youth and sheer beauty. Even when messy and slovenly the girl is beautiful. The speaker is quite jealous and seems to want that beauty for themselves.

  This poem is written in a free for. It combines tercets and couplets in a pattern completely made by the author. There is no formal punctuation, therefore making the poem an enjambment. It is very elaborate explaining all things with an utmost sensuous tone.




5. The Magic of Love

By: Helen Farries


  Helen Farries poem “The Magic of Love” talks solely about love. She uses a greeting card style, almost a cliché of all the lovely thoughts and emotions that go with love. She uses a rhyme scheme of ABCB and uses the stanzaic form.  It does have quite a bit of punctuation so it’s not enjambment.

  This poem is quite elaborate with its explanations of how love is like a blessing and like a bright star in the night sky. It shows an allusion of love being “a blessing from heaven above.” The speaker also conveys how the feeling of love is like the warming feeling of the sun. The speaker also states that the feelings of love make difficult times easier. Thus, showing imagery by giving the impression of the speaker being in LOVE.



6. You’re Missing

By: Bruce Springsteen


  In Bruce Springsteen’s “You’re Missing” the speaker is speaking of their love being gone. This poem is written in a stanzaic form and has a rhyme scheme of AABBC. There is not a lot of negative space, this poem has quite a bit of text so it’s mainly positive space.

  This poem is very formal as it goes straight to the point and doesn’t form the theme in an elaborate sense. As the poem speaks about how everything is empty and incomplete with that significant other being gone, it gives quite a bit of imagery. Thus, making the reader see the speaker’s depression, pain, anguish, and sense of loneliness. This poem does present some allusion as it gives reference to God and the Devil in everyday life. God being the hope drifting above and the Devil coming to collect death or deliver bad news in the mailbox.

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