Storm Cloud

Objective: Unpack the meaning of poetry by looking closely at symbols and key questions.

Note: In today’s class, we will be looking at two old songs. One has been covered by many, many artists. The “I” in a song is not the singer. The “I” is a point-of-view character also called a “persona” (there’s a college word for you!).

Symbolism packs a lot of meaning into a few words! Metaphors, similes and analogies can be powerful!

Analogy: The difference between an explanation and a sharp metaphor and is like the difference between a slap and a knife point.

Ain’t No Sunshine (JF): When the poet describes his feelings with the repeated line “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone” what is he saying about how he feels? (Unpack that image in 750+ characters of inferences and evidence!)

Left Behind (JF): Who’s speaking in Ain’t No Sunshine? (What does the speaker want? What has happened to them? etc.) (aka. Tell us all about the poet’s persona in 750+ characters of inferences and evidence!)

Stormy Weather (JF): What does the repeated image of stormy weather in the song “Stormy Weather” tell us about how the speaker is feeling?

Under the Weather (JF): Who’s speaking in “Stormy Weather”? (What does the speaker want? What has happened to them? etc.) (aka. Tell us all about the poet’s persona in 750+ characters of inferences and evidence!)

 

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