The Dance - DOC by Zz4jbg


									                 The Dance
                 By: William Carlos Williams

In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and

 around, the squeal and the blare and the

 tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles

 tipping their bellies (round as the thick                   5
 sided glasses whose wash they impound)

 their hips and their bellies off balance

 to turn them. Kicking and rolling

 about the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those

shanks must be sound to bear up under such               10

 rollicking measures, prance as they dance

 in Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess

  1. In one or two sentences summarize the literal “plot.”
  2. Write the category and find all the examples: A.
     personification B. simile C. connotative/denotative words D.
  3. What patterns of sound can you find? Find as many examples
     for the following categories: A. internal rhyme
  B. alliteration C. assonance D. Onomatopoeia E. consonance
  4. Read the poem out loud with a partner (switch roles so poem
     is read twice) How does the poem’s structure (look at the
     unstressed ends of lines, punctuation) influence how you read
     it? Identify the term for this and explain how it affects the
     tone and meaning of the poem.
  5. What is repeated in the poem? How does the repetition affect
     the tone and theme?
  6. How do the rhythm and sounds support the poem's meaning
     and tone? Explain using specific examples from #2-5.

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