E. E. Cummings
Academy of American Poets site provides a biography
and a few poems by Hughes. Click on The Negro
Speaks of Rivers and listen to the poem. Like
"April Rain Song," it includes personification,
a figure of speech in which human qualities are
given to objects, ideas, or animals. For example,
in "April Rain Song," Hughes uses personification
when he writes, "Let the rain kiss you."
In the Web Links Activity
Log, record all of the examples of personification
you find in these two poems and then write three
of your own.
is famous for his unusual punctuation and a writing
style that breaks many grammatical rules. Visit
this Web site to read more about Cummings, and
click on hint page to learn tips
for understanding his unconventional poetry. What
examples of Cummings's unique style can you find
in the poem "in Justó" and in the poems offered
at this site? Try writing a poem of your own modeled
after his style.