How do you describe a speaker in a poem?

How do you describe a speaker in a poem?

The speaker in poetry is the voice behind the poem—the person we picture reciting the thing out loud. It's worth noting that the speaker is not the poet. Even though the poetry is autobiographical, the speaker should be treated as a fictitious invention since the writer chooses what to express about himself.

There are several ways to describe a speaker in a poem. A common one is "he spoke," which can be used to indicate a person of any age. For example: "The babe on his mother's knee / Spoke lovingly to her" by William Wordsworth describes a baby who speaks to its mother affectionately.

You can also say that someone "speaks up" or "spokesperson." This phrase is usually used when referring to a group of people rather than an individual. For example: "The spokesmen for the miners' union spoke out against the proposal" (referring to a group of people).

Last but not least, you can say that someone "speaks their mind" or "has nothing hidden". This description can be used to indicate someone who is very honest and does not hide what they think. For example: "Harry Truman once said that having nothing hidden will always get you more trust than having something hidden will get you" (a quote by Harry S. Truman).

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What is the speaking voice in a poem?

Poetry, like fiction, has a speaker—someone who serves as the poem's voice. The poet is frequently the speaker. At times, the speaker can adopt a persona—the voice of someone else, including animals and inanimate things. For example, Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" is written in a nightingale's song.

Like characters in fiction, speakers in poetry can be men or women. They can also be gender-neutral pronouns such as they or their. In addition, speakers can be non-human entities such as animals or objects. For example, William Blake's "The Tyger" tells the story of a tiger who becomes angry when hunted by humans; it then devours several hunters.

Non-human speakers are not limited to poems about animals. Ovid's "Metamorphoses" includes many stories about people transformed into other creatures for various reasons. One example is Pygmalion, a sculptor who wishes to marry his statue girl so that she will become real.

Finally, some poems have multiple speakers who debate an issue or questions before deciding on a course of action. For example, one poem may discuss different topics from a religious perspective to a political one. Another example is John Milton's "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity", which compares the birth of Jesus to other famous events such as the death of Julius Caesar.

What is the speaker’s point of view in the poem?

The poetry, like fiction, is written from a definite point of view: The first person (I, me, my, we, us, our) or third person (he, her, them). A first-person poem may use "I" for either the speaker or the person being described. A third-person poem uses "he" or "she" for both the speaker and the person being described.

A poem that uses only the first person is called "I" poetry. It is the most personal kind of writing and can be very revealing about its creator. Some famous "I" poets include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Wordsworth. Poems written in the first person are also called "autobiographical." They often reveal much about the writer's inner life.

Some poems are written in the second person. These poems are addressed to a specific person who can be either human or non-human. They are usually critical reviews or reports on events. For example, "The Night Before Christmas" is written in the second person.

These poems are descriptions of events or people. They can be reported speech or direct discourse.

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