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Poetry Essay Option #1 Prewriting Activity

The Wind
by James Stephens

See this poem separately

The Wind Tapped Like a Tired Man
by Emily Dickinson
The wind stood up, and gave a shout;
He whistled on his fingers, and

Kicked the withered leaves about,
And thumped the branches with his hand,

And said he'd kill, and kill, and kill;
And so he will! And so he will!

The wind tapped like a tired man,
And like a host, "Come in,"
I boldly answered; entered then
My residence within

A rapid, footless guest,
To offer whom a chair
Were as impossible as hand
A sofa to the air.

No bone had he to bind him,
His speech was like the push
Of numerous hummingbirds at once
From a superior bush.

His countenance a billow,
His fingers, if he pass,
Let go a music, as of tunes
Blown tremulous in glass.

He visited, still flitting;
Then, like a timid man,
Again  he tapped--'twas flurriedly--
And I became alone.


Stephens Dickinson

Subject (What is the poem about?)




Speaker (Is the speaker in the poem identified? If so, what do you know about the speaker?)  



Imagery (What sensory details does the poet use to describe the wind and help us see it or hear it?)  



Figurative Language (How does the poet use simile, metaphor, or personification?)  



Meaning (What kind of wind do you think the poet is talking about?)  



Response (How do you feel or think about the poem? Why?)  





Similarities Differences
a. Both poems personify the wind as a man. a. Stephen's wind shouts, kicks, thumps on branches, and wants to kill.
b. Both poems give the wind fingers. b. Dickinson's wind is tired and timid.
c. c.



d. d.



e. e.



f. f.



Planning your essay:

  1. Paragraph 1: Cite the title and author of each poem, and include a thesis statement. (an example is in the book on page 286)
  2. Paragraph 2: Present details showing how the two poems are similar.
  3. Paragraph 3: Present details showing how the two poems are different.
  4. Paragraph 4: Explain your response to the poems, discussing your feelings for or thinking about each one.