- Identify how this poem meets the criteria of a dramatic poem. State who the speaker is. Refer to the notes you receive in class.
1) One or more characters speak
or more speakers tell directly what is happening
illusion that the reader is witnessing a dramatic event
words of the speaker are often but not always placed in quotation marks
The speaker is a mirror
- Identify 5 images in the poem: State whether they are visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, or tactile. Comment on
how the images reinforce the mood of the poem.
1) “I am silver and exact” This
is visual imagery. It makes one see something sharp or sends images of elegance.
2) “Whatever I see I swallow immediately”
This is tactile imagery. It makes it more detailed and shows the seriousness of the mood.
3) “It is pink with speckles.” This
is visual imagery. It gives feelings of childlike innocence and beauty.
4) “She rewards me with tears
and an agitation of hands” This is tactile imagery.
It brings on feelings of the falling tears and the touch of her hand
5) “In me she has drowned a young girl”
This is tactile imagery. It conjures up the feeling of drowning in the lake of life.
- What is the allusion in “Now I am a lake. A women bends over me.”?
- This is an allusion to
Narcissus. He was a man who saw his own reflection in a lake and fell in love with it.