Vogon Poetry

Vogon poetry is poetry written by the Vogons, an alien race in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a novel written by Douglas Adams. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Vogon poetry is described as the third worst poetry in the universe, behind the Azgoths of Kria, and poetry by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, which was destroyed during the demolition of Earth in the novel. When read, Vogon poetry is meant to sound absolutely awful. You can even say that Vogon poems are riddled with cacophonies. Vogon poems often consist of made up words and gibberish that are quite unpleasant to the ears.

The video that I am sharing with you is an excerpt from the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which features a Vogon reciting its poem. The poem is certainly awful.

Works Cited
Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. London: Pan, 1979. Print.
British Broadcasting Corporation. “BBC Online – Cult – Hitchhiker’s – Guide – Poetry.” BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. .
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Prod. Douglas Adams. Perf. Steve Pemberton. Buena Vista Pictures, 2005. Film. Youtube. Youtube, 19 Mar. 2009. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. .

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This is a poem from another blog called insidethebirdcage. If you enjoyed this poem, check out insidethebirdcage at taraalaka.com for more great poems!

Works Cited
Alaka, Tara. “Allegory.” Web log post. Insidethebirdcage. WordPress, 18 Nov. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. <http://taraalaka.com/2011/11/18/allegory/&gt;.

Spoken Word

Spoken word is a form of poetry where one expresses their opinions, views, and emotions to an audience. Spoken word is not meant to be read, but to be actually spoken and heard. On top of the actual contents of the poem, the performance is a major part of spoken word. Spoken word poets speak with a certain tone that adds another level to their poems to make them more powerful. In spoken word, you will often find that the poets have an aggressive and in-your-face kind of tone.

The video that I am sharing with you features Beau Sia performing his spoken word poem called “Asian Invasion”. This impressive poem speaks about how Asian people are growing and are having a bigger role in American society. I think that this spoken word poem is amazing and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Works Cited
Beau Sia Asian Invasion on HBO Def Poetry Jam. Prod. Russell Simmons. Perf. Beau Sia. Youtube. YouTube, 7 Mar. 2008. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. .
Miazaga, Mark. “Spoken Word Movement.” Michigan State University. Michigan State University, 15 Dec. 1998. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. .

A Gem (An Original Poem)

I can’t take this any longer,

But I know that it will make me stronger.

I feel weakened by this stormy weather,

But I can pull through if we stay together.

You’ve seen me cry a million times

After the horrors of my many crimes.

The tears flow like a waterfall

As I sit right here and scream and bawl.

I feel all alone in this big crowd

As I watch him covered in a linen shroud.

He is a gem that I will not forget,

The greatest man that I’ve ever met.

Basic Poetic Devices

Here is a list of some basic poetic devices that are commonly used in poetry.

Simile – Indirect comparison using like or as.

            Ex. She is as beautiful as a rose.

Metaphor – Direct comparison that doesn’t use like or as.

            Ex. She is a rose.

Alliteration – Two or more words in a row beginning with the same sound.

            Ex. Super salty salt is superb.

Allusion – References in a work to other people, places, works of art or historical periods.

            Ex. John is a selfish Scrooge.

Imagery – A word or group of words that appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell.

            Ex. The horrid stench of old socks filled the room.

Cacophony – Bad sounding words in combination.

            Ex. Bad based clanking startles me.

Euphony – Melodious sounding language.

            Ex. Let me not to the marriage.

Onomatopoeia – When a word imitates the sound of its description.

            Ex. Bang, clang.

Hyperbole – Exaggeration for effect.

            Ex. I’m so hungry I could a horse.

Personification – Giving human features to inanimate objects.

            Ex. The sky roared.

Oxymoron – Two words together for contradictory effect.

            Ex. Jumbo Shrimp

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Welcome to Wingardium Leviosa, a blog that will teach you what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. This blog will demonstrate my grade 11 understanding of poetry, fictional text, writing, informational text, and drama, as well as media literacy. Posts will be published on a regular basis starting at the end of January until June 2012.

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