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EDU 291 Lesson 14


A Critical Handbook Of Children's Literature

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1.    Paraphrase the following poem and then analyze it to find the following language devices:


1.    Identify some sensory details and describe what they mean.

2.    Give an example of a simile found in the poem and identify what is being compared.

3.    Where do you see an extended metaphor in the poem and what is it comparing?

Listening to Grownups Quarreling,

Standing in the hall against the

wall with my little brother,

blown like leaves against the wall by their voices,

my head like a pingpong ball

between the paddles of their anger;

I knew what it meant

to tremble like a leaf.

Cold with their wrath,

I heard the claws of rain pounce.

Floods poured through the city,

skies clapped over me,

and I was shaken,

shaken like a mouse

between their jaws.

Ruth Whitman, "Listening to Grownups Quarreling"

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