Simile vs. Metaphor • Simile – a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, using “like” or “as” • You sing like an angel. • He is as quiet as a mouse. • Metaphor – a figure of speech directly comparing two unlike things • Life is a journey. • He was a bear in the morning.
Imagism Notes Imagism: a movement in poetry between 1912 and 1917, in which poets focused on achieving “clarity of expression through the use of precise visual images.” Imagists rejected abstract language, attempting only to present the reader with exact and detailed imagery. Imagery: Descriptive language that relates to one of the five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing)
“My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother's countenance Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt. • 1. What is this poem about? Briefly explain what is happening. • 2. What is the speaker’s attitude toward “his papa’s waltz”? Does he enjoy this time with his father? What words suggest this? • 3. What does the imagery describing the father’s hands suggest about the father’s character or life?
Heart Map On a blank sheet of paper, draw a heart that fills about half of the page. Divide it into 12 sections. Write in it 12 things that are close to your heart/important to you. Beaches Theatre Dance Coffee Family My dogs My piano Friends Writing Drawing Memories of vacations Lakes
Heart Map, continued • Outside the heart, write 5 specific, descriptive images (things that you could see, hear, taste, smell, feel) that relate to each piece of your heart map. • The soft fur around my puppy’s ears • The rhythmic crashing of waves at the beach • On the back of the page, write in narrative form (tell a story) either: a typical day in your life OR an ideal day in your life.(example on next slide.) Directions: • Include as much detailed, specific imagery as you can. • Fill half the page, handwritten, single-spaced. You can use some of the imagery you just thought of for your heart map. • You can tell it in first (I) or third (he/she) person. • Underline images.
Typical Day, told in images…SAMPLE In the morning, I wake up to Imagine Dragons’ music blaring from my alarm clock. The brown-and-teal quilts on my bed are warm and soft, but I have to shove them away and get up. … or Starbucks was the perfect place to begin the morning. She pushed the cold metallic door handle, and stepped into the coffee shop. The air was warm, and it smelled like hazelnut, chocolate, and coffee beans. …