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TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet Poem analysis worksheet (for submission) Poem #1: I too , by Langston Hughes Poem #2: I Lost My Talk , by Rita Joe What can you learn from the title of the poem? From the title of Langston Hughes’s poem, I too , I can learn that the narrator wishes to state how he is the same as others. For this case, the narrator states how he too is American. From the title of Rita Joe’s poem, I Lost My Talk , I can infer that someone’s, possibly the narrator’s, voice has been silenced or taken away. Identify and explain poetic devices in the poem. Repetition: This is when words or phrases are re-used for an effect. An example of this in this poem is seen in the second stanza, the last two verses: […] And eat well, And grow strong. Connotation: It’s the emotional, or social overtones of a word where its implications and/or associations are different from its literal meaning. An example of this is seen in the first verse of the first stanza: I am the darker brother. In this context, the word ‘darker’ has social overtones since till this day people of African Allegory: Allegories are a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning, used to better showcase that abstract or spiritual meaning as it’s seen when Rita Joe uses ‘my talk’ as an allegory for the voice or identity she’s lost. Connotation: This is the emotional, psychological or social overtones of a word where its implications and associations are different from its literal meaning. This is seen in this verse: The talk you took away. Since it is impossible to physically take someone’s talk, we can guess that this verse has emotional overtones, including social ones. Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. 1
TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet origin are referred to as ‘black’ or ‘darker colored’. Assonance: This is the repeated vowel sounds in words placed near each other. This can be seen in this verse: The scrambled ballad, about my word. More specifically, it can be heard in the first two words: scrambled ballad. Repetition: The purposeful re-use of words and phrases for an effect. It can sometimes be called parallelism, especially with longer phrases that contain a different key word each time. An example of this from the poem is: You snatched it away: I speak like you I think like you I create like you Where the word ‘like’ is repeated but the key words (create, think, and speak) are changed after each verse. Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. 2
TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet How are the words arranged? What is the effect on the reader? This is an open poem in free verse form with enjambment, since the title is part of the first verse. The poem is in first-person narrative which helps to immerse the reader into the poem and see things from the narrator’s perspective.

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