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Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition
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by Emily Marshall
| 7 Questions
As a class

"Harriet Tubman" by Eloise Greenfield

Harriet Tubman didn't take no stuff
Wasn't scared of nothing neither
Didn't come in this world to be no slave
And wasn't going to stay one either

"Farewell!" she sang to her friends one night
She was mighty sad to leave 'em
But she ran away that dark, hot night
Ran looking for her freedom
She ran to the woods and she ran through the woods
With the slave catchers right behind her
And she kept on going till she got to the North
Where those mean men couldn't find her
1
1 pt
What is the impact on meaning of the rhyming words in the poem?
2
1 pt
What is the impact on meaning of the alliteration in the poem?
3
1 pt
What is repeated in the poem?
4
1 pt
What is the impact on meaning of the repetition in the poem?
On your own

"Harriet Tubman" continued...

Nineteen times she went back South
To get three hundred others
She ran for her freedom nineteen times
To save Black sisters and brothers
Harriet Tubman didn't take no stuff
Wasn't scared of nothing neither
Didn't come in this world to be no slave
And didn't stay one either

And didn't stay one either
5
1 pt
What lines or phrases are repeated?
6
1 pt
What are some examples of rhyming words in the poem?
7
1 pt
Which choice best states the impact that the repeated phrase "nineteen times" has on the poet's message?
A. The repetition of the phrase creates a musical rhythm in the first few lines of the stanza.
B. The repetition emphasizes how frequently Tubman traveled back to the South.
C. The repetition helps readers understand that "nineteen times" is the most important idea.
D. The repetition of the phrase highlights Tubman's determination and courage.
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