TERM/WEEK: THIRD TERM/WEEK 3
DATE: 12th July, 2020
CLASS: JSS 2
TOPIC: Language of Poetry (Concise, Unique, and High)
Reference: Standard Literature-in-English for Junior Secondary Schools.
Notes for the Students
Poetry language is the artistic form of ordinary language. While the goal of ordinary language is to communicate a message, the goal of poetic language is to convey a deeper meaning, feeling or image to one’s audience.
Concise– poetry does not need to go on for pages to deliver its message; it will go straight to the heart of the matter, it strips away the unnecessary and leaves only the essential elements. It couples with an arrangement of words that create a rhythm and does not allow the message or story to be complicated by detail, making it all the more memorable.
Unique– the language of poetry is unique because it uses words to convey meaning, communicate ideas, feelings, sounds, gestures, signs and symbols. In using the poetic language, poets usually attempt to use words which sound smooth and flow together in a comfortable manner when they are combined into verses.
High – High/elevated language is used to give dignity to a hero, to express the supremacy of God and religious matters generally, to indicate the importance of certain events.
Write down and explain three poetic devices