“Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser

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“Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
I. How did the writer create AMBIGUITY?
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II. Inquiry and Identification of Poetic Devices Employed in “Abandoned Farmhouse”
Poetic Devices
Definitions of Poetic Devices
simile
a comparison using "as" or "like"
alliteration
the deliberate repetition of consonant sounds
assonance
deliberate repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds
apostrophe
an address to a person absent or dead or to an abstract entity
diction
poet's distinctive choices in vocabulary
echo
repetition of key word or idea for effect
hyperbole
exaggeration for dramatic effect
metaphor
a comparison not using as or like when one thing is said to be another
onomatopoeia
"sound echoing sense"; use of words resembling the sounds they mean
oxymoron
a seeming contradiction in two words put together
paradox
seeming contradiction that surprises by its pithiness
personification
attribution of human motives or behaviours to
impersonal agencies
rhyming couplet
a pair of lines which end-rhyme expressing one clear thought
rhyme
repetition of same sounds
rhythm
internal 'feel' of beat and metre perceived when poetry is read aloud
tone, mood
feelings or meanings conveyed in the poem
III. Explain the role of personification in the “The Abandoned Farmhouse.” Is it an important element?
Support your answer.
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IV. Identify at least three other poetic devices that are utilized in the poem. Provide an example for each,
and explain the meaning behind each example.
Poetic Device
Textual Reference
Meaning/Interpretation
“Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
Question
1. Who is the man?
2. Why did the woman leave in such a
hurry?
3. Whose farmhouse is it?
4. What was the man’s personality like?
5. Why is the Bible on the floor?
6. Why was the woman nervous?
7. Could the man have been a controlling
person? Explain your answer.
8. If the man was not a farmer, why did
he live on a farm?
9. Why is the farmhouse abandoned?
10. Why are there no neighbors?
11. What happened to this family?
Inferred Answer/Conclusion
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