Elements of Poetry, English homework help

For each of the questions below, read the poem and the discussion that follows it in the text before answering. Support your answers with examples from the poems.

How does Robert Browning use voice to construct a sinister tone in “My Last Duchess”?

Discuss diction by comparing the denotation and the connotation of the word daffodils, in Rev. William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”

What is the effect of the Elizabeth Bishop’s recurrent use of white imagery in the “First Death in Nova Scotia?” Reference at least three examples.

How does Shakespeare play with the conventions of simile and metaphor to convey meaning in “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” and “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun?”


DiYanni, R. (2008). Literature: Approaches to Fiction, poetry, and drama (2nd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

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