Comparing Emily Dickinson's "The Moon" to Robert Graves' "The Cruel Moon"
Which of the following lines from the poem are metaphors? Check the THREE correct answers that apply.
"Her bonnet is the firmament, The universe her shoe"
"And what a privilege to be But the remotest star!"
"Her eye unto the summer dew"
"The moon was but a chin of gold"
"Her cheek like beryl stone"
Which of the following lines from the poem BEST describes the poet's opinion of the moon?
A: "Upon the world below"
B: "her lips of amber never part"
C: "and what a privilege to be"
D: "her dimities of blue"
What type of figurative language has Dickinson mostly used in this poem when describing the moon?
Explain how you know and give examples from the text.
Why do you think the poet chose to make the moon a "she"?
How might the poem change if the poet made the moon a "he"?
Explain and give examples from the text.
Next, read the poem "The Cruel Moon" by Robert Graves. Answer the questions that follow.
Which of the following lines is an example of personification from the poem?
A: "Moons hang much too far away."
B: "No, that's a silly story lad!"
C: "Up above the shadowy beech"
D: "Though she be angry,"
Which of the following words could replace "Cruel" in the title of the poem and keep the meaning the same?
D: all of the above
Which of the following statements BEST shows the poet's opinion of the moon?
A: he doesn't like the moon
B: he thinks the moon is a threat, but too far away to be dangerous
C: he thinks the moon is silly
D: he wishes the moon would destroy London so he could be free
The two poems "The Moon" by Emily Dickinson and "The Cruel Moon" by Robert Graves have several similarities and differences. Explain what the poems have in common and what makes them different from each other. Be sure to include examples of figurative language, tone/mood, and word choice.
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