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Kalee's Kool Poetry Portfolio

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1: TABLE OF CONTETS!!!! | Terms | pages, 2,3,4 | ORIGINAL NARRITIVE! | PAGE 5 | ODE TO Lily Lake | PAGE 6 | BIRCHES | PAGES 7 AND 8 | ANALYSIS | PAGE 9

2: 1. Limerick A light, humorous poem of five usually anapestic lines with the rhyme scheme of aabba. Example: Who Cares For Denise By Paul McCann There was a young girl called Denise , She lived all her life on the streets . In need of a prayer . Her pockets were bare . She died in the arms of a priest . . =

3: 2. Couplet: A couplet has rhyming stanzas each made up of two lines. Example: Untiteled I THINK that I shall never see a A poem as lovely as a tree. a A tree whose hungry mouth is prest b Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; b

4: 3. Haiku: A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku reflects on some aspect of nature. Example: The Lifts Not Working By Paul Mc Cann On The First FloorElevator shaft.People waiting for the lift .Down on the first floor . On The Second FloorHow can we get down .Elevators broken down .Up in the top floor . On The Third FloorWhat are they doing ?We're stuck here on the third floor .The lift's not coming . On The Top FloorWe better get down .From the top floor to the ground .Take the fire escape .

5: Narrative: The Canoe Once I went on a canoe ride with my daddy/ daughter group when I was younger. The only two rules for this activity was to have fun and to not stand up when in the canoe. I was very short, and I was not doing a good job rowing. My dad told me to push harder. So, I did. I forgot all about the rule that said not to stand up. So, I stood up, when I was in the boat, and the boat tipped over. This trip must have been in late October or early November, so it was very cold. My dad and I fell over and went into the water. My dad’s phone book because it had filled with water and the same thing happened to his pager. My dad and I had walked from our house to the river and we had to call one of my best friends mom to come and get us to bring us home. Another problem occurred. Our hot water wasn’t working so I had to wait to get warmed up.

6: Ode to Lily Lake My family and I have this amazing get - a-way It is a very small lake that no one has ever heard of Its called Lily Lake We have a house there built from wood An amazing boat that my brother and I tube on. I am also learning how to ski. It is the funnest place on earth all year round. In the summer, we are fish in the lake In the winter, we are skiers and snowboarders. When I go here, I forget all about the problems back home and can just relax and have a fun time with my family. Being with my family at Lily Lake put a smile on my face from one ear to the other.

7: “Birches” – Robert Frost WHEN I see birches bend to left and right Across the line ofstraighter 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: 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 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, 1

8: 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. 60

9: T: I think this title adn poem will be about trees. P: The setting is outside. The charcter speaking is a boy. The speaker can also be a adult looking back on his childhood. The conflict is in this poem is growing up and that life gets harder as people get older. C: In line 19, there is a metaphore that says''Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair. This says when you are a chid, there is more room for fun. In line 9, there is personification that says''as the stir cracks and crazes their enamel''.This meanst that the ice on the tree, looks like a hard covering, then when it gets warmer, the ice breaks off and it make the tree look pretty. In line 3 and 4, this is an example of Frost using punctuation. Other times he doesn't. In line 43, the author has a flashback incorporated saying when your a child, you can play for hours, but, when you get older, there is less room for fun. Finally, in line 45, there is a metaphore comparing life to a pathless wood.In lines 5-18 Frost descirbes what trees look like after a ice storm.Frost, in line 13 says how he does nnot want to die and compares this to heaven falling. In this poem he wanted to always be a child, and then his fantasy is ruined by his reality when he grows older.Also, in lines 48-54 he talkes about leaving earth for a little. The last line says ''one could do worse then be a swinger on the birches'' this means that childhood is better and there is more time for fun the adult hood. A:The boy or the man in this poem is very sad about growing up. S: Until line 40, he was a boy. After that the man is looking back at himself when he was a boy. T: The theme in this poem is when people get older, their lives get more complicated. T: The theme is growing up.Also, when you are a boy the only thing that matters. When people get older, they have more reponsibility.

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