Poetry Diagnostic

Directions: This is to see how much you already know about poetry. This WILL be graded on your effort. Do your best!

Carefully read the poem below and answer the questions.

"Ars Poetica" by Archibald Macleish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea--

A poem should not mean
But be.

1. Parts of a poem:

a. What is a stanza?

b. How many stanzas are there in this poem?

c. Put parentheses ( ) around one stanza in the poem.

d. Number the lines in the poem.

2. Rhyme Scheme:

a. Label the poem's rhyme scheme (example: AA BB, etc.)

b. List 3 pairs of rhyming words in the poem.

3. Literary Devices

a. What is a simile?

b. Write an example of a simile.

c. How is a simile different than a metaphor?

d. Write down an example of a metaphor from the poem above.

e. Write down one examples of imagery from the poem.

4. What is the main idea of this poem? Do the best you can to summarize it in at least 2 complete sentences.

5. Your opinion:

a. Do you like reading poetry?

b. Writing poetry?

c. What's you favorite poem, poet, or both?

d. Other comments:
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