Poetry Prompt

The Big Question: How does each speaker explore his particular situation?

Sound Devices:

  1. Rhyme Scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG in poem 1 and ABBA ABBA CDCDCD in poem 2)
  2. Assonance (“high-pilèd books, in charactery,” in poem 1)

Literary Devices

  1. Metaphor (“cataract of death” in poem 2 and “full-ripened grain” in poem 1)
  2. Imagery (“trace Their shadows with the magic hand” in poem 1, “smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights” in poem 2)
  3. Personification (“love and fame to nothingness do sink.” in poem 1)

Structure

  1. Poem 1 has a shift at the last 2.5 lines, dividing it into two sections
  2. Poem 2 is divided into 3 sections based on the 3 independent clauses

Outline:

Thesis: Both speakers use poetic techniques to emphasize their feeling of missed opportunity in their poems, while the first poem focuses more on the idea of the chances missed as a result of pondering missed chances and the second poem is centered around the impending nature of death.

Paragraph 1: The speakers of each poem use literary devices to ponder missed opportunities and emphasize their differing view of their consequences.

  1. Metaphor (“full-ripened grain”)
  2. Image (“smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights”)
  3. Metaphor (“cataract of death”)
  4. Personification (“love and fame to nothingness do sink.”)

Paragraph 2: Both poems also have structure that reflect the common theme of missed opportunities while emphasizing different aspects of this theme.

  1. Poem 1 has a shift at the last 2.5 lines, dividing it into two sections
  2. Poem 2 is divided into 3 sections based on the 3 independent clauses
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