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FC: Kevin's Poetry Portfolio for the Common Student | By: Kevin S
1: Table of Contents | Haiku .................................................. 2-3 Sijo ....................................................... 4-5 Tanka .................................................. 6-7 "Birches"By R.F ............................... 8-11 TPCASTT for "birches"................ 12-21 Original Poems ................................. 22-23
2: Poetry Term: | Haiku | A form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 morae (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7 and 5 morae respectively. Haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji or verbal caesura. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku. Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.
3: Haiku Examples | The wind of Mt. Fuji I've brought on my fan! A gift from Edo
4: Poetry Term: Sijo | Sijo is a short musical lyric practiced by Korean poets. It is usually written as three lines, each averaging 14-16 syllables, for a total of 44-46 syllables. There is a pause in the middle of each line and so, in English, a sijo is sometimes printed in six lines rather than three. An example is given below:
5: Sijo Example | You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine. The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade. Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask?
6: Poetry Term: | The jintishi is a Chinese poetic form based on a series of set tonal patterns using the four tones of the classical Chinese language in each couplet: the level, rising, falling and entering tones. The basic form of the jintishi has eight lines in four couplets, with parallelism between the lines in the second and third couplets. The couplets with parallel lines contain contrasting content but an identical grammatical relationship between words. Jintishi often have a rich poetic diction, full of allusion, and can have a wide range of subject, including history and politics. One of the masters of the form was Du Fu, who wrote during the Tang Dynasty (8th century). There are several variations on the basic form of the jintishi. | Among the most common forms of poetry through the ages is the sonnet, which, by the thirteenth century, was a poem of fourteen lines following a set rhyme scheme and logical structure. The conventions associated with the sonnet have changed during its history, and so there are several different sonnet forms. | Tanka | Tanka is a form of unrhymed Japanese poetry, with five sections totalling 31 onji (phonological units identical to morae), structured in a 5-7-5 7-7 pattern. There is generally a shift in tone and subject matter between the upper 5-7-5 phrase and the lower 7-7 phrase.
7: What are they to me, Silver, or gold, or jewels? How could they ever Equal the greater treasure That is a child? They cannot. | Tanka Example
8: "Birches" By Robert Frost | When I see birches bend to left and right Across the lines 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 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.
9: 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 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 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. 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?)
10: I should prefer to have some boy bend them As he went out and in to fetch the cows-- 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 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 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, Kicking his way down through the air to the ground.
11: 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 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. May no fate willfully 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, 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.
12: T.P.C.A.S.T.T ON "BIRCHES"
13: T- | T- | Most likely in the beginning, Frost may be relating a tree to life. Also he maybe describing how amazing youth can be. | P- | I think Frost in this poem, maybe describing life with a balance for weight and the more you live on the more the tree will bend. Through out he describing how to spend it and what will happen in the path you choose. | Imagery-
14: C- | Imagery - "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 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." The short exerpt above is any example of Frost depicting in detail of what Icestorms do to the birch trees. Also after a while Frost mentions how terrible it looks and what the Icestorm had done to these birch trees.
15: Personification - "But I was going to say when Truth broke in, With all her matter-of-fact about the ice-storm." This is also an example of Frost's use of personification. When he said that "The truth broke in" he is putting the word truth into an action that a normal human would do. Instead he used the word truth into doing something that may help support the poem. Shifting - "So was I once myself a swinger of birches. And so I dream of going back to be." In this part of the poem is the largest shift in the entire poem. This is proof when Frost is saying that he wants to be physically and mentally a kid again. He now wishes that he could return to being a kid.
16: Mood - "I'd like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over. May no fate willfully misunderstand me." In this short cutout from the poem, Frost is saying even though I want to become a kid again, I don't want to die. I just wish I could return to earth as a child again. He doesn't want to loose his life. He wants a fresh start.
17: End of poem interpretation - I feel that this poem is about life. much like the trees we can get weighted by life and its roles but also we are the boy or we need to be. Having fun carless and free. free from being the bent trees he is truely free to move up threw the branchs and swing off to new ones but the tree is bent, no longer able to move or grow upward. The sky is the limit or is it the top of the tree? That he is getting to trying to get higher and higher.
18: A- | Frost is talking about how he feels about being young. Throughout the poem, he is talking about how the icestorm was the thing bending the birches however he wishes that the kids have bended them. The icestorm kind of represented taking stuff for granted and the kid would represent someone who had fun and did not care about the time going by, that someone lived their life to the fullest.
19: S- | Robert has a shift in his poem when he started off from describing the kids and the icestorms to saying that he was once a kid too. Also when he desired to become a kid again.
20: T- | I now think that the title has a new meaning before I first read it. I think that the poem explains that you have to live your life to the very fullest. Also the birch tree may be considered like a meter, a meter that only measure how you lived your life. | T- | The poem itself is saying that life cannot be regained after being spent. It also means that your birch tree will bend when you do not live the most out of your life.
21: My Very Amature Poems
22: KEVIN"S Poetry Selections | Narrative | Whoo!Whack!Wam! Quick as a charging ram Swift and as slick as a fox Strong and powerful as an ox Prickled like a rose Also as sensitive as a dog's nose It's called tae kwon do It's as fun as playdoh I knocked him across the room The ref blew the whistle and it ended with a boom | Tae kwon do | Narrative
23: Ode to Swimmning Swimming is so fun In a box that weighs a ton All of it's in the water Everyday gets hotter You need to wear some goggles Otherwise you will be boggled You also need a swimsuit So you can go down the chutes! | Ode