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Part 1: Mood and Diction (30 Points)
Skills Analysis: Mood
Mood: How the piece makes the reader feel through the use of tools such as imagery, dialogue, setting, conflict, and
Poem: “Mr. Flood’s Party” by Edwin Arlington Robinson After reading the poem, write the overarching mood of this poem in the larger box below.
Mood: The mood was lonely. The old man that sat atop the hill, thought he was talking to Mr. Flood but there
was no one there but him. Write 3 examples (quotes) from the poem that support this mood in the left column (below). To the write of each
quote, write the tool that was used by the author in that example (see the definition for mood at the top of the page)
in the left column. Example (from text) Tool used in the example “Alone, as if enduring to the end The author uses ghosts and the line ‘enduring to the
end’ to tell us that the old man is lonely A valiant armor of scarred hopes outworn,
He stood there in the middle of the road
Like Roland’s ghost winding a silent horn.” “And Eben evidently thought so too;
For soon amid the silver loneliness
Of night he lifted up his voice and sang,
Secure, with only two moons listening,
Until the whole harmonious landscape rang” “He raised again the jug regretfully
And shook his head, and was again alone.
There was not much that was ahead of him,
And there was nothing in the town below—
Where strangers would have shut the many doors
That many friends had opened long ago.” ‘Silver loneliness’ and ‘with only two moons’ refers to
the fact that even though he thinks he’s with someone
there is no one there with him ‘And once again was alone’ this line tells us that he
maybe was talking to someone in his head and once he
shook his head the thought of them disappeared. Skills Analysis: Diction
Diction: the writer's choice of words; it can include the mood, attitude, dialect and style of writing (the building blocks of
Poem: “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg
After reading the poem, fill in the chart below. List 8 words on each side (from the poem).
Positive Words Negative Words Alive wicked Singing crooked Strong Gunman Cunning Kill Laughing Brutal Strong Sneer Planning Coarse Rebuilding Savage It is important to interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative,
and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Please answer the 6 questions (in the left column) in the corresponding squares (in the right column).
1. What effect do the positive words have
on the poem? They help balance out all the negativity in the poem 2. Why has the author made these
specific word choices? To show the positive side of the city Chicago 3. What effect do the negative words have
on the poem? Help balance out the positivity in the poem 4. Why has the author made these
specific word choices? To show the negative side of the city of Chicago 5. Are there any words, positive or
negative, that repeat? Write them.
What is the impact or purpose of that
choice? “Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders”
They are his description of the city of Chicago 6. Choose one positive word that has
meaning beyond the literal surface.
Write it. What other meanings does it
have? Which ones apply to this poem
and why or how? Cunning, it can mean having or showing skill in achieving one's
ends by deceit or evasion or it can mean attractive or quaint.
The first definition is the one that is used in the poem ...
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- Mr. Flood, Carl Sandburg