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BC: The End Author of portfolio... Danny Hurley Author of Birches... Robert Frost

FC: My Poetry Portfolio By Danny Hurley

1: Table of Contents Poertry Terms.......Pages 2 and 3 Birches by Robert Frost.......Pages 4-6 Birches Poetry Analysis.......Pages 7-9 Original Poems.........Pages 10 and 11

2: Tanka A Japanese poem of five lines, the first and third composed of five syllables and the rest of seven. | Pretty colored trees That are orange, red and yellow In the Autumn air An old barn by the water With a white fence around it.

3: Dactyl A word with three syllables, one long (or stressed), followed by two short ones (unstressed). | HAPPILY | Trope A figure of speech in which words are used in a way which changes their meaning. An example would be a metaphor. | The girl has hair that shines like the sun.

4: TPCASTT Analyisis of Birches By 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 in 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: 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 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: 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. Title: This poem will be about a birch tree and how it grows up like a human would do. Paraphrase: The author sees birches bent down and hopes that happened because little boys were swinging and playing on them. He know that, unfortunately, this happened because of ice storms. He wishes some boy did this that lives on a farm, far away from town, and was alone. "He subdued his father's trees by riding down on them over and over again." He climbs to the top branches than jumps off. The author used to be "a swinger of birches." The author wishes he was a kid again swinging of trees. he wishes he could climb to the very top than have the tree set him down so he could climb up again. He says he could do worse things than being a swinger of birches.

5: And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed 15 So low for long, they never right themselves: 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 Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise

6: 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: 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,

7: 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. | TPCASTT Analysis | Title: This poem will be about a birch tree and how it grows up like a human would do. Paraphrase: The author sees birches bent down and hopes that happened because little boys were swinging and playing on them. He knows that, unfortunately, this happened because of ice storms. He wishes some boy did this that lives on a farm, far away from town, and was alone. "He subdued his father's trees by riding down on them over and over again." He climbs to the top branches than jumps off. The author used to be "a swinger of birches." The author wishes he was a kid again swinging on trees. he wishes he could climb to the very top than have the tree set him down so he could climb up again. He says he could do worse things than being a swinger of birches.

8: Connotation: Some examples of imagery in this poem are in lines five through twelve.When he says "Ice storms do that... Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away. The whole eight lines are imagery. "You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen." This is a metaphor because Robert Frost is describing the snow and ice as crystally white like he thinks heaven is. "But I was going to say when Truth be broken in." He uses personification in this line by giving Truth human characteristics. "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. " This is an example of imagery beacause he is using very descriptive words to put a vivid picture of a tree setting the author down after he was at a high elavation.

9: In the last line of the poem, Robert Frost says, "One could do worse than be a swinger of birches." This is symbolism beacause hes representing childhood as a swinger of birches. Attitude: Robert Frost is okay with growing up and knows it has to happen, but would like to go back to his childhood and escape being an adult for awhile. Shift: The author is saying that ice storms are beautiful and great, but then realizes the damage that they are causing to the birches and no loger sees the as wonderful. Title: I think the title "Birches" represents his life. As he gets older, natural causes are wearing him down such as aging. He hopes that him getting older was not beacause of little children that are harmless, but because of natural forces. Theme: This poem relates to life by saying that a person can do worse things than being a kid and that you will get worn out by them but the ultimate cause of this is just aging.

10: Ode To Sugar Why do I love sugar? Why's it so great? Is it because of the cookies, Or soda, flavors orange and grape Sprinkle on strawberries for a sweeter taste, Pour sugar in the soda for a fizzier drink. The cookies galore at miles in height, Topped with ice cream, whip cream, and even a cherry Sugar is great! You can't deny it. Who cares why, Everone loves sugar?

11: Narrative My Best Friend My best friend's great, but can hurt my brother. Because of him, I'm yelled at by my mother. We hangout downtown, with all our friends. We're the ones who pay for what everyone else spends. We're both athletic and play basketball. Unfortunately for us, we're both kinda small. He's my best friend and he's not a bully. He's my best friend and his name is Sully.

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