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TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet Poem analysis worksheet (for submission) Poem #1 I Too Sing America Poem #2 I Look At The World What can you learn from the title of the poem? The title make you question What makes him say ‘I Too,’ has he been forgotten? It also brings to mind Whitman’s poem ‘Hear America singing which lists all sorts of different Americans. Hughes seems to be referencing another voice to this song of Americans which is the song of black Americans. I learn to value myself always and not matter what comes your way you stand firm and know who you are. When you look at the title you want to know what is on the writer’s mind? What I learn from the title is do not compare, judge or look down upon anyone do what is right. Identify and explain poetic devices in the poem. Use of an extended metaphor, repetition, contrast and structure are identified in this poem. The repetition of pronouns such as ‘I’,’they’ and ‘me make the poem personal and powerful. The poem focuses on how African Americans are treated with inequality and their hope for equality. In the poem the narrator is denied from sitting on the table and forced to eat in the kitchen. This is n extended metaphor for the segregation and inequality experienced by the African Americans. There is rhyming of words {face and space, see and me} There is repetition of words ‘I look, I look, I look’. How are the words The poem is a free verse, it is very brief The poem consists of sixteen lines which can Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. 1
TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet arranged? What is the effect on the reader? containing only five stanza, two of which are only one line long.in total there are only eighteen lines on the work. the simplicity of the poem however does not detract from the powerful message of the work. Instead, it emphasizes it even more. be divided into four stanzas having four lines each. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABCB.

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