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Unformatted text preview: TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet Poem analysis worksheet (for submission) Analysis questions Poem No. 1 Poem No. 2 What can you learn from the title of the poem? The title "I, Too" suggests that this poem is about equal rights. If the word is heard as the number two, it shifts terrain to someone who is secondary, subordinate, even inferior. The title "I Look at the World" may be about how the poet perceives the world around him which suggests that he may not be pleased with what he sees. Identify and explain poetic devices in the poem. Repetition is present because the stanza "I, too, sing America" is repeated more than once throughout the entire poem. Extended metaphor is used to emphasize the segregation and racial inequality. Rhyme is used in the poem (face, space; me, see). Repetition is also used (I look, I look). How are the words arranged? What is the effect on the reader? The words are short and precise. Informal language is used making it easier for the reader to comprehend what is being expressed. The use of personal pronouns such as "I," and "they" have a more powerful effect on the reader. The brief length of the poem only emphasizes its message. Each line has between three to six words. The poem is easy to follow with rhyming stanzas. Identify word clusters to help you determine the theme or main idea of your poem. "sing America" means that he claiming his right to feel patriotic towards America, even though he is the "darker" brother. "darker brother" suggests that this poem is about the racial injustice in America. "They send me to eat in the kitchen" alludes to the common practice of racial segregation during the early 20th century. The phrase "fenced-off narrow Assigned to me" suggests that one of the themes in this poem is discrimination. The words "dark" and "oppression" refer to the cruel and unjust treatment towards black people specifically Focus questions: The main theme of "I, Too" is racism. This is made very clear by the constant referral to segregation and racial injustice. He refers to himself as the "darker brother" and explains how he is sent to the kitchen to eat when company comes. Another theme in the poem is hope. The author is hopeful that he will "grow strong." He also says that "Tomorrow, I'll be at the table When company comes. Shows that he isn't giving up. The title "I, Too" relates to the theme because it means that they will one day considered "American" and be treated equally. That racial injustice won't be there anymore. The main theme of this poem is discrimination and segregation. The phrase "fenced-off narrow space" indicates the certain areas that were assigned to the author and all African-Americans. Another theme is determination. The poet is determined that things need to change. "That all these walls oppression builds Will have to go!" I also see a theme of pride, as the poet looks at himself and says "I look at my own body With eyes no longer blind-" He is proud that he is able to recognize the way he has been treated and start to create change. The title relates to the theme because it portrays the pride that the poet has. The poet is proud of his interpretation of the world around him and acknowledges the injustices that are occurring. It also related to the theme of segregation because the poet is looking at what sets him apart from others. What is the theme or main idea of your poem? How do you know? How does the title relate to the theme? Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. 1 TVO ILC ENG4U Poem analysis worksheet Analysis questions Poem No. 1 Poem No. 2 What image or line from the poem stood out to you? Explain. The line that stood out to me the most is "They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed-" I find this line to be most powerful because the author is saying that America will be brought to justice for every single one of their acts of discrimination. They will stand strong and proud and have nothing to be responsible for the way they were treated. The line that really stood out to me in the poem is "Let us hurry, comrades." The poet is including all of his fellow African-Americans in correcting the injustices that have befallen them. Sometimes in survival mode, you forget about others who are in the same situation, but this poet didn't forget his comrades. I see the poet's gender as being a man because he refers to himself as "the darker brother." That could also just mean that the author is African-American, but I think it means the author is a man. The poet refers to himself as the minority because he is sent to the kitchen to eat when company comes over. He describes the experience of many African Americans during his time. In this poem, I don't see the poet's gender being reflected. I don't think the poet explicitly mentions his gender in this poem, because then both genders can relate to his message. In many cases, if the author is male, more males tend to read and understand the piece and vice versa. So this way, all genders can feel included. The poet describes himself as being "eyes in a black face-." He also describes himself as "dark eyes in a dark face" The phrase "This fenced-off narrow space Assigned to me." specifies that the poet is of the minority and faces discrimination. The poet doesn't languish in despair. He declares that "Tomorrow I'll be at the table When company comes." He also proclaims that "Nobody'll dare Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen," Then." Resilience is demonstrated by those positive and hopeful lines. He reassures himself that things will get better even though they are not good at the moment. Resilience is demonstrated in this poem when the poet says "That these walls oppression builds Will have to go!" This shows that he recognizes the way that he is being treated is wrong and that it has to change. The phrase "I look at my own body With eyes no longer blind-" shows that he stops looking down at himself. He accepts that he is worthy. If you could ask the poet a question, what might it be? Why are you asking that question? Do you see the poet’s gender reflected in their writing? If so, how? If not, what do you think is the reason? Do you see any other part of the poet’s intersectionality reflected in their writing? Explain. How does the poet comment on resilience in this poem? Copyright © 2018 The Ontario Educational Communications Authority. All rights reserved. 2 ...
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