After this colorful condemnation of the White House Correspondents Dinner…
Some words have similar meanings but evoke different tones and associations. Poets, like this one, choose words not only on literal definition (denotation), but also their connotative sense.
2. “President.She should be.”
The omission of spaces is rare, but evokes a particular hurried sense. Could this poet be calling for Palin’s candidacy in 2016?
3. ” , at this dinner each year”
Ellipsis take space where words are omitted. The resulting effect is usually one of longing, melancholy, or momentary suspense… In this poem, the ellipsis provide a sense of layering ideas, culminating in a powerful critique of the event. The absurd punctuation certainly has the feel of an ee cummings poem.
4. “Terrible joke”
Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis
In this provocative line, this poet proposes an idea (thesis), negates it (antithesis), and brings about an entire new understanding (synthesis).
This poet demonstrates how using a wrong (but similarly sounding) word can be humorous. The exclamation points in this poem support a lighthearted takeaway.
6. “So help you obama ?”
Usually a reference to swapping syllables, this poet rearranges words to more dramatically question the helpfulness of the subject “obama.” Emily Dickinson often wrote with inverted word order.
A broad device, metaphor compares unlike things and expands the understanding of a concept. Here, the poet uses a common phrase to symbolize the uptight nature of politicians.
8. “I like her”
A basic form of repetition, antanaclasis refers to reusing a word to a new effect. Here, the poet uses “like” as an adjective in the first clause and a verb in the second. The repetition sounds lyrical and helps to express the speaker’s enthusiasm about liking her.
Often directed at inanimate objects or someone who is not present, apostrophe breaks normal speaking patterns through an exclamatory address. Here, the speaker addresses “Kayla” directly, but likely speaks to a broader audience, expressing intense frustration.
10. “Sexy woman”
“A discrepancy between what is said and what is expected next.” This speaker surprises the reader by liking the sexy woman because of her intelligence.
11. “Porn prom”
Repetition of consonant sounds can lead to comedic wordplay.