Major Poetry

My Papa’s Waltz (my best guess! this one is Mr.Dodd’s favorite!)
Author: Theodore RoethkeSpeaker: Young son of drunk, hardworking manAudience: the fatherSetting: in the Kitchen of their home; middle /lower class household; at night/ the kids bedtime; jolly but with darker layerTheme / Main Idea: the father and son portrays much of their relationship – lots of love and fun, but there is a sense of domination and fear as well — every close relationship one has with another is like a waltz in this fashion~abuseSignificant pattern / form elements:ABAB rhyme scheme—some are feminine rhymes; every other syllable is stressed (6 beats per line – like a waltz—3 beats)4 stanzas, 12 lines – 4 lines per stanza2 Literary Devices:Personification -“whiskey on your breath”Simile -“hung on like death” strength of boy hanging on to father = death hanging on to someone

Author: Theodore RoethkeSpeaker: neat freak, precise, writer(?), bored with their lifeAudience: themselfSetting: someone’s office / place with school supplies; meticulous, stuffy; looking back through time – their lifeTheme / Main Idea: sadness of a repetitive life in an office – sometimes a profitable profession is not the best thing for one’s heartSignificant pattern / form elements: 1 stanza; 13 linesNo rhyme scheme2 Literary Devices:Alliteration “misery..

manilla.. mucilage”Imagery- “dropping a fine film on nails and delicate eyebrows, glazing the pale hair, the duplicate grey standard faces”

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Author: Randall JarellSpeaker: young man who is drafted into the war; scared; diesAudience: himselfSetting: American forces in a different country which they are at war with; looking back into the past (boy is already dead); sad, helplessness.Central Idea/Theme: Anti-war – sending a child off to war is guaranteeing his death and the washing away of his potential for the world.Note significant form or pattern elements: 1 stanza, 5 lines; no rhyming scheme except end rhyme of lines 2 and 5; syllables per line- 11, 12, 11, 11, 14; Describe the use of at least two literary devices in the poem:tactile imagery – “my wet fur froze”alliteration – “fur froze”

Portrait d’une Femme
Author: Ezra PoundSpeaker: man describing a woman, well educated, a bit full of himselfAudience: the woman the speaker is describing, has nothing that she can truly call her own, despite receiving much from othersSetting: London; lonely, sad; 1912Main idea / theme: even if you learn much from others, if you do not learn anything for yourself than you will truly have nothing to call your ownSignificant pattern or form elements: last line is indentedEach line has 10 syllables, every other one being stressed — except for lines 15 and 29 and 30, single stanza, 30 linesLiterary devices:Personification – “London has swept about you this score years and bright ships left you this or that in fee”Imagery- ” the tarnished, gaudy, wonderful old work”Metaphor- bright ships = intelligent people Overarching metaphor of her interactions of different people to things about the sea

Acquainted With the Night
Author: Robert FrostSpeaker: walking along, lonely, well educated, unhappyAudience: people that the speaker wants to wake from their trance of happiness and ease of mindSetting: multiple nighttime walks, town/city surrounded by natureGloomy/lonely1928Central Idea/Theme: to understand(become acquainted it) darkness in one’s life, you must experience it deeplyNote significant form or pattern elements: end rhymes–121,232,343,414,11repetition “I have”repetition 1st and last lines “I have been one acquainted with the night” (and title of poem)3 line stanza’s (except for last)5 stanza’s totalDescribe the use of at least two literary devices in the poem:”saddest city lane” – personificationmetaphor – Luminary clock = moon