Poem: “pretty ugly” by Abdullah Shoaib

Please do powerpoint to do this. About 8-10 slides.
Poem: “pretty ugly” by Abdullah Shoaib
To explain the poem, follow the steps detailed in the “How to Read a Poem” PowerPoint. You
may need to do more research to look up allusions, setting, and /or anything else that you do not
understand about the poem. You may also use criticism on the poem to help you with your
presentation. Some biographical information on the poet may be helpful, too. It is a good idea to
have visual aids when explaining a poem, such as an outline, PowerPoint, or Prezi. The
presentation is required and is graded just as the essays are: a grade based on a rubric.
You need to list the sources used, including your poem, on one-page Works Consulted, and this
page should be in correct MLA format, which is the same for the works consulted page as the
works cited page. You will turn in this source list ONLY, any time within two weeks of your
presentation, and this is required and graded just as the essays are.
Students will fill out evaluations on their peers’ presentations and upload them to the link
provided under the Poetry Presentations tab. Students are required to fill out ten (10) the
evaluation sheets fully. Sources may include other formal analysis you found on the poem,
biographical information on the authors, dictionary definitions of unfamiliar words, or other
references needed to help clarify words, names, historical places, times, events. For example, if
your poem refers to a battle during the Vietnam War, you could research that battle to help
explain the allusion in the poem to the class.
Do be clear about pointing out what you believe to be the theme of the poem. Then support your
analysis by pointing out the relevant poetical devices that lead you to that conclusion
You need at least three different elements of poetry to support your thesis of the poem’s theme in
this paper. Some elements of poetry include the following:
personae (speaker of the poem), character, setting, and / or action
—cultural, universal, contextual
diction, syntax, denotation, and / or connotation
–visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinesthetic, kinetic.
figures of speech–
(metaphor, simile, paradox, anaphora, personification, synecdoche,
metonymy, synesthesia, hyperbole, understatement, apostrophe).
Tone and / or irony—
situational, dramatic, cosmic, & verbal.
rhythm, rhyme scheme, meter
poetic forms—
sonnet, villanelle, ode, ballad
poetic structures
–stanza, couplet, tercet, triplet, quatrain

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