How does a poet see the moon? Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins gives us a glimpse in this lovely poem.
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Analyzing figurative language
Other Key Skill: inference
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Levels of Meaning
On one level, this poem is about the phases of the moon and the items it can resemble. On another level, it’s about the poet’s own active imagination.
This poem has six stanzas. Some complete sentences break off at the end of one stanza and resume at the start of another.
The poem contains examples of simile, metaphor, and figurative language.
Knowledge of the phases of the moon will enhance comprehension and appreciation of this poem.
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R4, R10, W3, SL1, L5
Learn more about Billy Collins, the author of this delightful poem!