Ode to my Suit

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Introduce young poets to personification and synecdoche with Pablo Neruda's "Ode to my Suit." After a study of the poem, individuals are asked to craft their own ode to a common thing.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask readers to highlight all the sentence-ending punctuation in the poem
  • Then ask groups to compare the point of view, the focus, and the tone of each section
  • Finally, ask kids to consider why Neruda may have chosen to call his poem an Ode
  • Extend the lesson by offering readers other translations of the same poem and asking them to consider the similarities and differences
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes class members are familiar with the ode format, as well as the qualities and traditions of this form of poetry
  • Consider adding questions to the worksheet that would focus readers' attention on features that would scaffold for an analysis

  • The text of the poem, a worksheet, and a detailed plan are included in the resource

  • Some learners may need additional scaffolding to successfully compose an ode