The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt. The poem was written in the s and set in some earlier decade, and describes a scene from family life, when a tipsy father waltzes with his little son around the kitchen.
The day is like wide water, without sound Stilled for the passing of her dreaming feet Wallace Stevens, from Sunday Morning. A rhyming couplet - From the private ease of Mother's womb I fall into the lighted room.
I have walked out in rain - and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. Robert Frost Acquainted with the Night An example of an unrhymed quatrain - They shut me up in Prose - As when a little Girl They put me in the Closet - Because they liked me "still" - Emily Dickinson They shut me up in Prose Form The form or structure of a poem is determined by studying the lines, to see if they conform to set rules.
There are many different forms a poem can take. Classical poetry usually has definite form, whilst a lot of modern poetry has indefinite form. Free verse for example can have lines of varying length that reflect everyday 21st century speech patterns; there is no traditional adherence to stress or metre or syllable.
Rhythm and rhyme may be unplanned and the latter may not happen at all. The more common forms of poetry include: Lines 1,6, 12, 18 must repeat as must lines 3,9,15, Some poems are full of vivid images that the mind can picture easily, whilst others are more opaque.
You may find images appearing in your mind's eye that are only indirectly related to the words on the page.
What do the images say to you? Why has the poet included them? Is special language used? Write everything down, it may be of use to you later when you come to build your analysis.
Having read the poem two or three - or more - times you should have a feel for the poem as a whole. Do you like the poem? Does it give it you a buzz? Make you feel happy, warm, emotional, sad, angry? It's important to say if the poem works for you and why.
Select certain lines or devices to back this up. Use a quote or two in appropriate places in your summing up. To help you further, here is an example of a classic Seamus Heaney poem, together with analysis.
Under my window a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: I look down Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds Bends low, comes up twenty years away Stooping in rhythm through potato drills Where he was digging. The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep To scatter new potatoes that we picked Loving their cool hardness in our hands.
By God, the old man could handle a spade, Just like his old man.
My grandfather could cut more turf in a day Than any other man on Toner's bog. Once I carried him milk in a bottle Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up To drink it, then fell to right away Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods Over his shoulder, digging down and down For the good turf.
The cold smell of potato mold, the squelch and slap Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge Through living roots awaken in my head. But I've no spade to follow men like them. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests.
Someone is digging in a garden which parallels the poet's own internal digging, into the mind and soul. Read Through Slowly The poem begins in the present and the voice is that of the poet who has his pen in his hand ready for action as snug as a gun. He is at home, perhaps in an upstairs room.
He can hear his father digging in the garden.My niggas is real.” The first recorded use of the word nigger was in in a poem by Robert Burns yet variations on it including negar, neger, and niger are recorded two centuries before then.
- A Descriptive Analysis of Nigger: The Meaning of a Word by Gloria Naylor What is the rhetor’s purpose. In the essay “Nigger: the. The poem has six sections, the first, a prelude that falls under the general title, "malcolm," the other five designated "The Nigga Section," "interlude," "Special Section for the Niggas on the Lower Eastside or: Invert the Divisor and Multiply," a second "interlude," and finally "The Beast Section.".
Poetry is a compact language that expresses complex feelings. To understand the multiple meanings of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound, images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning.
Young Niggas Now that i'm grown i got my mind on bein sumthin don't wanna be anotha statistic out there doin nothing trying to maintain in this dirty game keep it real and I will even kill me my young niggaz stay away from these dumb niggaz put down the guns and have some fun nigga.
Young Niggas is a famous poem by Tupac Shakur. Young Niggas Now that i'm grown i got my mind on bein sumthin don't wanna be anotha statistic out there doin nothing trying to maintain in this dirty game keep it real. A website dedicated to analysing poetry from past and present, to provide a database of articles to summarize and critically analyse any poem.