Identify and explain the purpose of imagery in a poem.
Explain how imagery affects the tone of a poem.
Read “A Red Palm” by Gary Soto before answering the questions below. Which is an example of imagery?
“That's hours later.” (stanza 2)
“Dust settles on your forehead, dirt” (stanza 2)
“You can buy one splendid fish for wife” (stanza 2)
“Until you have enough and move on to milk” (stanza 2)
Which sensory detail is best captured in your example above?
Which statement captures why the author uses this example of imagery?
The poet uses this imagery to depict the protagonist’s life of back-breaking work.
The poet uses this imagery to convey the protagonist’s hope for his son.
The poet uses this imagery to show the protagonist’s need for a shower.
The poet uses this imagery to capture the setting of a cotton farm.
Reread the lines from the third stanza below:
The wind makes peace with the trees,
The stars strike themselves in the dark.
How does this imagery change the tone at the end of the poem? Explain using diction from the poem.
Read the poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto.
Read the poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.
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