3rd Block: Advanced Creative Writing
Day Nine--Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Poetry Building Blocks
- Line breaks
- Line length
- Get your One Poem, Three Ways back, and let’s discuss what the EFFECTS of these elements are. HOW and WHY can you use them in your poems?
Poetry (and all writing) Building Blocks, Part II; turn to page 33 (green) for the background here.
- juxtaposition--Juxtaposition is a literary device wherein the author places a person, concept, place, idea or theme parallel to another. The purpose of juxtaposing two directly or indirectly related entities close together in literature is to highlight the contrast between the two and compare them. This literary device is usually used for etching out a character in detail, creating suspense or lending a rhetorical effect.
- oxymoron--Oxymoron is a significant literary device as it allows the author to use contradictory, contrasting concepts placed together in a manner that actually ends up making sense in a strange, and slightly complex manner. An oxymoron is an interesting literary device because it helps to perceive a deeper level of truth and explore different layers of semantics while writing.
- Sometimes we cherish things of little value.
- He possessed a cold fire in his eyes.
- paradox--A paradox in literature refers to the use of concepts or ideas that are contradictory to one another, yet, when placed together hold significant value on several levels. The uniqueness of paradoxes lies in the fact that a deeper level of meaning and significance is not revealed at first glace, but when it does crystallize, it provides astonishing insight.
- How can you use these elements to make your writing stronger!?
- Get back your Apparent Contradictions sheets, and let’s discuss them.
- Share ONE of your two cinquains. You may share both, if you’re so inclined--hey, they’re short!
Alliteration and Assonance Lists
Create a lists of word pairs and phrases that are built around alliteration or assonance and consonance.
- Alliteration is when words in close proximity start with the same consonant sound: powerful presence.
- Assonance is when words in close proximity echo vowel sounds: bent pen; pond father.
- Consonance is when the consonant sounds inside he words are similar: father and lathe; wash and facist.
- Create at least ten pairs for each list. (thirty pairs/phrases, total)
- Use the words from your lists to write a poem at the very least fifteen lines long.