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English - Comparing Poems - What To Do

1. Read both poems carefully - several times.

 

2. Make a short list comparing each poem:

Similarities

Differences

 

Consider:

Content/Poetic Voice

Tone & Mood

Structure: Rhyme , Rhythm & Free Verse

Language: similes, metaphors, personification, aural imagery, alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia.

3. Explore the background of each poem considering:

Setting & Background - different cultures , considering:

Race

Nationality

Language

Religion

Education

Wealth/Poverty

Social Behaviour

Attitudes

Customs

Traditions

Literature

Music

Painting

Entertainment

Sense of Humour

Politics

Food

Dress

The poets background information:

Consider the year in which the poem was written, making sure that you have some historical information of that time.

 

4.Consider the content of the poem - what the poem is about.

 

5. Consider the poets use of language.

 

6. Consider: effect - why does the poet use language in this way and what effect does he/she want to create?

 

Writing your Response

 

Introduction

An introductory paragraph commenting on the general themes, ideas or content of each poem.

Main Body: Several paragraphs based o your detailed reading/comparative analysis of the poems. Make your own comparison integrated by making a point about the first poem and then about the other poem etc...

Structure your ideas carefully in this section and in a logical way e.g. one paragraph could compare the way each poem uses imagery, another could focus on the structure of the poems and so on...

Try to remember: (CSTML):

Content

Structure

Tone & Mood

Language

and write a paragraph for each.

 

Conclusion

A concluding paragraph that sums up the main similarities and differences.

 

Integration Phrases

You could use these phrases to help move the analysis smoothly from poem to poem:

In comparison with...

On the other hand...

However...

In contrast to...

Compared with...

Similarly...

Unlike...

Another difference/similarity

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