Name_______________________________ Date____________________________ What the poet says First Reading: Read for the literal meaning, or what is “right there.” What the poet does Second Reading: Annotate for alliteration, assonance, consonance, imagery, metaphor, and personification (make a color-coded key). Is there a shift? If yes, note it and explain in the next column. BLUEFLAG by Elizabeth Brewster Paraphrase: “Blueflag” Three-Column Poetry Notes What the poet implies Final Reading: Draw conclusions/ assertions about the effect of the tools used based on the poem So that I would not pick the blueflag in the midst of the pond (and get my clothes wet) my mother told me that it was poison. I watched this beautiful, frightening flower (5) growing up from the water from its green reeds, washed blue, sunveined, and wanted it more Character(s): than all the flowers I was allowed to pick, (10) wild roses, pink and smooth as soap, or the milk-thin daisies with butterblob centers. I noticed that the midges that covered the surface of the water (15) were not poisoned by the blueflag, but I thought they must have Setting (both time and place): a different life from mine. Even now, if I pick one, fear comes over me, a trembling. (20) I half expect to be struck dead by the flower’s magic A potency seeping from its dangerous blue skin its veined centre. (25) 1. Examine the diction in the poem using the table below. Dangerous Things that are Forbidden Safe Things that are Familiar Example: “poison” (line 4) Example: “pond” (line 2) 2. Determine the tone of the poem: _________________________________ Cite a line of text from the second column that proves the above attitude: What device(s) are used in the text provided above? 3. Determine the theme of the poem. Cite a line of text from the work that proves the thematic statement above.