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Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: rinos (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 11, 2006 09:36PM

i really need to do this assignment for my english class i am terrible in english. can someone please help me?

Writing Assignment : Choose any poem from the list that interests you and write two paragraphs. In the first paragraph, comment on the plot and theme of your chosen poem. In the second paragraph, comment on why you picked this poem by using an example from your personal experience.

here is the list poem tha i can choose for this assignment :

1. Memories BY ANN WALLACE
2. You Have Two Voices BY NANCY PRASAD
3. I Am a Rock BY PAUL SIMON
4. The Trouble Was Meals BY ELIZABETH BENNETT
5. Come, Lay Your Wounds BY LENORE KESHIG-TOBIAS
6. (I remember) Back Home BY CLIFTON JOSEPH
7. Song For Canada BY IAN TYSON AND PETER GZOWSKI
8. The World is a Beautiful Place BY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
9. The Rites of Manhood BY ALDEN NOWLAN
10. Lake of Bays by RAYMOND SOUSTER


i really need to pass this class smiling smiley.

thanks alot for ur help!


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 12, 2006 03:54AM

Could you post the poems?

Les


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: StephenFryer (Moderator)
Date: December 12, 2006 12:03PM

My advice? Work those two questions in reverse order. Think about something in your life that still resonates in your head or your heart, and then find the poem nearest to that experience. Maybe you had a good friend or a lover but you fell out, and now you don't speak, and you don't want to risk that hurt again? Then choose the Paul Simon poem, I Am A Rock, which goes:

A winters day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Dont talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I wont disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

From that choice, you can answer the second question with some details about that friendship/romance that ended. And THEN you can go through the 'plot and theme' of your choice - like Paul Simon who works his stanzas round the key words 'winter/fortress/memory/shield' and whose theme is loss, and how the poet draws himself in to hide away from it. Which gets you an answer to the first question!

See?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/12/2006 12:04PM by StephenFryer.


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 12, 2006 01:06PM

Are these supposed to be poems? Rock/island is a song. Trouble Was Meals is a short story. I stopped looking after that.

Perhaps the petitioner could post one he/she enjoyed and we could help with how to better understand it?


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 12, 2006 01:08PM

I think the phone directory is a poem, so what can i say?


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: rinos (192.168.128.---)
Date: December 12, 2006 01:27PM

thanks alot StephenFryer and others for helping me.

i have finished my peom lets see how that goes.

maybe i will post my result for u guyz until then.

thanks

fazlee


Re: Poem Help! Really Need it!
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: December 12, 2006 01:52PM

The World Is a Beautiful Place
--Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind happiness
not always being
so very much fun
if you don't mind a touch of hell
now and then
just when everything is fine
because even in heaven
they don't sing
all the time

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind some people dying
all the time
or maybe only starving
some of the time
which isn't half bad
if it isn't you

Oh the world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't much mind
a few dead minds
in the higher places
or a bomb or two
now and then
in your upturned faces
or such other improprieties
as our Name Brand society
is prey to
with its men of distinction
and its men of extinction
and its priests
and other patrolmen

and its various segregations
and congressional investigations
and other constipations
that our fool flesh
is heir to

Yes the world is the best place of all
for a lot of such things as
making the fun scene
and making the love scene
and making the sad scene
and singing low songs and having inspirations
and walking around
looking at everything
and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people and
making babies and wearing pants
and waving hats and
dancing
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
in the middle of the summer
and just generally
'living it up'
Yes
but then right in the middle of it
comes the smiling

mortician




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