Poets often use different literary terms in their poems (metaphors, similes, imagery, etc). Read the three poems you chose again, and find at least two literary devices in each. Give examples of the devices used. How do you think that the literary devices aid the poet in expressing his or her thoughts? For whom do you think that this poem was written (audience)? What would you say are the themes of the poems, and what do you think that the poet trying to say through the entire poem?

Essay guidelines

? The essay should be no fewer than 1000 words.

? The essay should include citations from the text.

? The essay should NOT include information from any outside sources other than your textbook. You should include both inner citations and a works cited page from the information in the textbook in MLA format.

? Students should make sure that they answer the entire question and support their answers.

Choose three poem from lists.


?Those Winter Sundays?

?My Papa?s Waltz

?For My Daughter?

?The Mother?

?The One Girl at the Boys? Party

Youth, Growing, and Aging

?When I Was One-and-Twenty?

?White Lies?

?Rite of Passage?

?When Maidens are Young?



?Lonely Hearts?

?Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer?s Day??


?What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why?

?First Love: A Quiz?


?How Do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways?


?Fire & Ice?

?God?s Grandeur?

?Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God, for You?

?Pied Beauty?

?The Second Coming?


?Learning to Love America?

?I Hear America Singing?

?Calvary Crossing a Ford?

Death and Dying



?The World is Too Much With Us?

?Not Waving but Drowning?

?Ballad of Birmingham?

?Nothing Gold Can Stay?

?Because I Could Not Stop for Death?

?When You are Old?

?Do Not go Gentle into That Good Night?


?The Eagle?


?Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening?

?Bright Star?

?Desert Places?


?Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird?

?The Tyger?

Choices and Triumph

?The Road Not Taken?

?Wild Geese?

?Lady Lazarus?

?The Pow Wow at the End of the World?

?We Wear the Mask?

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