FC: Abby's Poetry Portfolio
1: Table of contents TPCASTT.... pg. 7 and 8 Birches.... pgs. 3, 4, 5, and 6 Poetry terms..... pg. 10 and pg. 11 poems.... ode: pg. 2 and narrative: pg. 6
2: Ode to the Weekend Schools out! the children shout. Its the weekend! The children Bellow. Free at last! For the weekend hols my lifes memories. For it holds my friends. For it holds my family. For it holds my activities. For it holds my fun! For the weekend is the gate to freedom, And happiness, And exercise, And rest. Every friend I have made Evey goal I have scored And every nap that I have taken I owe it to the weekend. When the weekend is over I sigh and bow my head A frown comes upon my face. I go to bed. Thinking about the next weekend to come.
3: “Birches” – Robert Frost WHEN I see birches bend to left and right Across the line of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay. Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them 5 Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells 10 Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust— Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen. They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load, And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed 15 So low for long, they never right themselves:
4: You may see their trunks arching in the woods Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair Before them over their heads to dry in the sun. 20 But I was going to say when Truth broke in With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm (Now am I free to be poetical?) I should prefer to have some boy bend them As he went out and in to fetch the cows— 25 Some boy too far from town to learn baseball, Whose only play was what he found himself, Summer or winter, and could play alone. One by one he subdued his father's trees By riding them down over and over again 30 Until he took the stiffness out of them, And not one but hung limp, not one was left For him to conquer. He learned all there was To learn about not launching out too soon And so not carrying the tree away 35
5: Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise To the top branches, climbing carefully With the same pains you use to fill a cup Up to the brim, and even above the brim. Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish, 40 Kicking his way down through the air to the ground. So was I once myself a swinger of birches; And so I dream of going back to be. It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood 45 Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open. I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. 50 May no fate wilfully misunderstand me And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
6: I don't know where it's likely to go better. I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, 55 And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more, But dipped its top and set me down again. That would be good both going and coming back. One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. 60
7: TPCASTT FOR "BIRCHES" T: trees and nature P:The speaker in "Birches" hints about the times, that he had swung on trees. At the sight of bent birch trees he likes to think that it is because boys have been swinging on them. Even though he knows that birches are actually bent by ice storms, he prefers his vision of a boy swinging on a tree. C: Symbolism: childhood represents being carefree. Simile: "life is too much like a pathless wood" - this means life is not guided for you. Hyperbole: Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust— Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away- this is exagerating how much snow there is.
8: Simile and Imagery: Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair Before them over their heads to dry in the sun.- This is saying how the girls hair looks like the leaves. Simile: To the top branches, climbing carefully With the same pains you use to fill a cup Up to the brim, and even above the brim. - this means its difficult to climb the branches carefully to the top. Symbolism: The ice storm represents truth. Imagery: Often you must have seen them 5 Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells 10 Shattering and avalanching on the snow-
9: crust— Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.- In this paragraph the sun is making the ice melt and there is a breeze. He is also describing what he thinks heaven looks like. He thinks heaven is white One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. 60- This is saying that a person can do worse than swing on the birch trees and bend them. A: calm, acceptence, wanting, and truth. S: The poem starts with truth, acceptance, and calmness of how the birch trees were really bent but later it shifts into the theme and it turns into him wanting to go back to life as a child. T: How he wants to take a break from his real life and go back to his childhood. T: The birches represent him wanting to go to heaven but remain on earth.
10: cacophony- a harsh, unpleasant combination of sounds or tones. It may be an unconscious flaw in the poet’s music, resulting in harshness of sound or difficulty of articulation, or it may be used consciously for effect, as Browning and Eliot often use it. See, for example, the following line from Browning’s “Rabbi Ben Ezra”: Irks care the crop-full bird? Frets doubt the maw-crammed beast? euphony- a style in which combinations of words pleasant to the ear predominate. Its opposite is cacophony. The following lines from John Keats’ Endymion are euphonious: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
11: antithesis- a figure of speech characterized by strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas, as in “Man proposes; God disposes.” Antithesis is a balancing of one term against another for emphasis or stylistic effectiveness. The second line of the following couplet by Alexander Pope is an example of antithesis: The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang that jury-men may dine. THREE POETRY TERMS
12: Narritive to Royalty The queens of the east were the richest of them all. They asked for everything. Including shoes, jewelry, and dresses. They thought they were the best. Until... The king ordered a change in queens! The pouted And doubted And pouted more. But there was no changing his mind. They were sent away and had no friends. Because they never made amends They had to live without the dresses and shoes. This time they had to lose. But later on when they got nicer,
13: People started to like them. They became as popular as a gem. But in a different way this time. They had friends. Without a dime.
14: Bibliography "Analysis of "birches"" Analysis of "birches" Ed. Mega Essays LLC.