Englisch 10c Teen World You walked gently towards me Ben Okri 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 You walked gently towards me In the evening light And brought silence with you Which fell off when I touched your shoulder And felt the rain on it. We went through the city Up the roaring streets Full of many lights And we sought1 a place To be alone And found none. The evening was merciful On your smile. Your laughter touched The hungry ghosts Of passing years. You moved smoothly On the waters Your shadow sounded of silk You led me to places Full of mellow2 darkness Secret coves3 where they Didn't let us in And under the rain You bid me4 kiss you with Your silent and uncertain eyes. We walked home And the rain laughed around us With its insistent5 benediction6 And you hair was strung with Diadems7 Your face with glittering dreams And my eyes were wet With your luminous8 spirited joy. 1. What is happening in the poem? Sum up the content of the poem in your own words. 2. What is the poem about? Describe the theme(s) of the poem briefly. 3. Name and quote (with line numbers!) at least five figures of speech from the poem and interpret them. 4. Do you personally think the poem effectively conveys its theme? Why? Why not? 5. Analyse the poem. 1 sought, v.: past participle of to seek. mellow, adj.: calm, gentle, pleasant. 3 coves, n.: a small bay. 4 to bid sbd., v.: to ask someone to do something. 5 to be insistent, adj.: demanding something firmly. 6 benedictions, n: blessings. 7 diadem, n.: a crown, 8 luminous, adj.: shining in the dark. 2 Englisch 10c Teen World Analysing Poetry A poetry analysis evaluates a poem. It analyzes the words, sounds, feelings and topics that the poet uses in the poem. It should include analysis of the theme, the structure and the word choice (e.g. figures of speech). It should have both an introduction and a conclusion. 1 Read the poem twice, at least. Try to analyse your first impression of it and write down a few comments. Read the poem again, this time more slowly. Try to pay attention to the particular word selection, organization of the poem, figures of speech used etc. 2 Introduction Start your analysis with an introductory paragraph. It should include the title of the poem, its author and a brief summary of the poem’s content and the theme(s) of the poem. 3 Formal Analysis Now move on to the technical side of your analysis. Name the amount of lines and stanzas the poem has. Then, determine the poem’s rhyme and metre. Do rhyme and metre add anything to the sound or mood of the poem? Carry on your analysis by naming figures of speech and giving specific examples of metaphors, personifications, similes, and other literary devices. 4 Analysis of Content This should be the focus of your interpretation. Here you should answer the questions: - What are the themes of the poem? How are they conveyed? - How does the poem develop? Are there any changes in the mood? - How does the poet manage to create images through language? - What emotional response does the poem evoke? 5 Conclusion Write a conclusion that sums up your main points. It should be no longer than two or three sentences. Decide whether or not the poem conveys its themes effectively. Give your own opinion!