The Language of Poetry

The Language of Poetry

The Language of Poetry

The Language of Poetry


The Language of Poetry :* develops the student's ability to read and evaluate poetic texts of many kinds* includes activities, commentaries and extensions to each extract* covers a variety of poetic language, ranging from songs, advertisements and spoken language to the more traditional forms of the sonnet, ode and free verse* includes poetry from Philip Larkin, Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas and Tony Harrison.


From the look of the text, we move on to the sound—not just ‘music’ or rhyme, but also the voices in a text.

We have already seen, in This Is Just to Say’, that the question can often be asked, who is speaking, to whom? In ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ (p. 2) the answer would probably be a lover to the one he or she loves, for instance.


What can you tell about the voice of the poem, or the I or you/thee of the poem in Text: Poems (i)-(xii)?

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