Go to Encarta’s web page for Figure of Speech. In your textbook, reread the poem by Anne Bradstreet. Hyperbole is one type of figure of speech. On the site, read the definition of hyperbole and write it down. Find an example of hyperbole in the poem, and write it down. Be sure to include the line number.
Additional Activity: The use of hyperbole is an effective way to communicate a strong feeling. Many times, in order to sell their products and beat out their competition, advertisers will integrate hyperbole into their ads and slogans. Create a list of at least ten products or services for which advertisers make exaggerated claims. State what the claim is for each product or service, and give your opinion of it. Is each claim realistic, or not?
Find a selection of Anne Bradstreet’s poems on Poetry Archives at e-Mule. Click on Poet List and then Anne Bradstreet to find the list of poems. After you read through them, choose one you like and write an explication (or interpretation) of the poem.
Once you have familiarized yourself with her language and style, write a poem of your own using her language, and imitating her style.
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