POETRY QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS
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Refers to the artistic expression of ideas, experience or events using language characterized by imagery and rhythmical sounds.
Poetry is the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
IMPORTANT TERMS USED IN POETRY
(a) A poet.
This person composes a poem. It can be in a written or oral form. Some of the poets are Ralf Bitamazire (I love you my Gentle one), Jwani Mwaikusa (Sun Rise) and Isaac Mruma (You are Lost).
(b) A poem.
It is a piece of writing in verse form especially expressing deep feelings in an artistic language. Examples of poems include A Freedom song, Lost Beauty and Lullaby.
This person speaks or narrates in a poem. This is a character of the poem. For example in the poem “A freedom song”, the persona is Atieno’s uncle.
(d) Addressee (Audience).
The persona talks to this person. For example in the poem “You are Lost” the addressee is a sister who engages in commercial sex.
(e) A verse.
It is a single line in a poem. Several verses form a stanza. The following is an example of a verse in a poem:
“I love you, my gentle one,”
(f) A stanza.
It is the arrangement of verses in a poem, several verses comprising a complete idea. The following is an example of a stanza.
I want a black beauty queen
With ebony thighs and huge hips
With skin sweating blackness
And a face dark as the night
And bare breasts bouncing
Vigour and energy
PROCEDURES/METHODS USED TO ANALYZE THE POEM
When analyzing poem consider the following:
1. Understand well the title of the poem: Understanding the title of the poem makes a reader to predict the content of the poem. For example, the title ”Your pain” can be predicted that there is suffering as a focus in the poem.
2. Consider the form and type of the poem. Judge whether the poem is Lyric, narrative, ballad etc. You have to state whether the poem is Open (free verse), or closed.
3. Consider the Tone of the poet. The attitude or mood of the poet has great contribution to interpretation of a poem. The poet determines whether the poet is angry, happy, sad, or serious.
4. Consider the musical or sound features of a poem. Consider Rhyme, Rhythm, alliteration or refrain. These features are very important in poetry.
5. Think about possible themes. Consider the poets’ central idea of discussion. In the poem, there is one or more themes.
6. Consider the message of a poem. The message refers to what the poet wants the readers to know or do after reading the poem e.g. avoid child labor, misuse of power etc.
7. Consider the relevance of the poem. Look at the issues/themes raised in the poem. Relate what you read in the poem with what happens in your community.
8. Consider Language use. Study how the language has been used in molding the poem. Consider diction (choice of words), symbols and symbolism and the uses of figures of speech e.g. Metaphor, Simile, personification etc.
9. Comment on success or failure of the poet. Check the use of language, presentation of message and themes etc.
POETRY QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS