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What is Our Place in Nature?Poetry Triplet #1 pp. 778-783 Reflection and Analysis
“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale p. 7801. What examples of alliteration can you identify in lines 1-6?2. What overall feeling do you get from the landscape shown in the painting Spring Landscape on page 781?3. According to the speaker in Teasdale’s poem, how would the natural world react if “mankind perished utterly”?4. In lines 1-12, what differences can you identify between Teasdale’s portrayal of nature and her portrayal of humankind?
“Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning p. 7821. Read the first stanza aloud. What rhyme scheme do you notice?2. Where does the speaker arrive, and what happens once he is there? Whom does he meet?3. Identify words and phrases from the poem that match the painting Moonrise at the top of page 782.
“The Sound of Night” by Maxine Kuminp. 7831. What examples of onomatopoeia can you identify in the first stanza? What do they add to the poem?2. Compare and contrast the night scene described in the poem and the night scene shown in the painting Trees at Night shown at the top of page 783.3. What time and place are described in Kumin’s poem?
Literary Analysis of the Poetry Triplet pp. 778-7831. Which poem did you appreciate most when read aloud? Explain the qualities that were brought out in an oral reading.2. Which poem makes the most obvious use of alliteration? What feelings or ideas are suggested by these repeated consonant sounds at the beginnings of words?3. Describe the qualities of nature conveyed in each poem. How are sound devices used to suggest these qualities? Refer to your sound devices chart to plan your answer.
Literary AnalysisR – Restate/reword the questionO – Give an opinion (original analysis)Q – Provide quote (s) to support your opinion (analysis)C – Connect your quote (s) and analysis to an overall theme 1. According to one critic, Teasdale’s poetry “expresses the fragility of human life where the only real certainty comes from nature.” How does this comment apply to “There Will Come Soft Rains”? 2. How do people relate to nature in “Meeting at Night” and “The Sound of Night”? Use specific details from each poem to support your response. 3. In “The Sound of Night,” is nature threatening, or do the speaker’s perceptions of nature make it seem threatening? Use specific details from the poem to support your response. 4. Choose one of the poems, and describe the view of nature that the poet represents. Support your response with three specific examples from the poem.