304 Notes - Agent: All poems involve someone talking in a...

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Agent: All poems involve someone talking in a specific situation to some purpose. A. In poems, the agent is called the Speaker or Persona (Greek=”mask”) B. All speakers in poem can be analyzed according to these seven levels of characterization a. Biological: human? Something else? Male or female? b. Physical: any specific physical quality: height, weight coloring, physical state of health, etc. c. Social: economic status, profession or trade, religion, family relationships, etc. d. Dispositional: basic bent of character’s personality; customary mood and life attitude. e. Psychological: attitudes, desires, motivations, like and dislikes. f. Moral: good or bad? Honest or dishonest? best revealed when character is in some kind of moral “crisis.” Scene: All poems involve someone talking in a specific situation to some purpose. A. Specified scene? (area? locale?) B. Specified time? (hour, day, season, hour) C. To whom is the speaker speaking? Self? Other-actually present or implied?
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course COMS 304 taught by Professor Peck during the Spring '08 term at CSU Northridge.

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