The Purpose of Poetry to Young Readers

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Waltrina D. Kirkland Mullins stated that: “Poetry is a blend of lyrical, rhythmic, kinesthetic motion that draws young learners in. The use of words and thoughts packaged in musical syllables and special structures helps to create a welcoming literary environment for even the most disinterested child” In my opinion, the purpose of poetry to young readers is to improve their reading skills, promote literacy, and create excitement and understanding for the literacy work. According to Gary R. Hess, The definition of "elements of poetry" is "a set of instruments used to create a poem." They help bring imagery and emotion to poetry, stories, and dramas. Some examples of elements of poetry that both share educational and entertainment attributes are Alliteration, Rhyme and Rhythm. Alliteration is two or more words which have the same initial sound on the same line or stanza and begins with a vowel or consonant. An example of alliteration is “Bob bounced bravely” A rhyme is simply two words that sound alike, example, loose goose. In addition, a rhythm is the flow of words within each meter and stanza. The poem “Old Mother Hubbard” creates a flow with quatrain (4 lines) excepting the first stanza which has 6 lines. The repetition of similar sounds are seen in the poem as well as literary devices. Personification was used, for example, “the dog was laughing” and “he was dancing a jig” Some rhymes used were “Hubbard with cupboard” and “coat with goat”. Assonance was also used in the poem “bone” and “none” and “fruit” and “flute” and the repetition of the phrase “But when she came back”, which was used in every stanza except the first and last one. “Old Mother Hubbard” by Sarah Catherine Marine Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone; When she came there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. She went to the
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