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Poetry Portfolio

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FC: A World of Poetry Poetry Portfolio By Eric E, Period 5

1: Table Of Contents Poetry Terms............................................2-4 Antithesis....................................2 Limerick.....................................3 Pastoral......................................4 TPCASTT Poetry Analysis..............................5-13 Poem - Ode to the West Wind........... 5-9 T (Title)......................................10 P (Paraphrase)..............................10 C (Connotation).............................10-12 A (Attitude)..................................12 S (Shift).......................................12 T (Theme)....................................12 T (Title) ......................................12 Original Poems..........................................14-17 Narrative.....................................14-15 Ode............................................16-17

2: Poetry Terms Antithesis: A figure of speech in which words and phrases with opposite meanings are balanced against each other Example: "To err is human, to forgive, divine." ~Alexander Pope

3: Limerick: A light, humorous poem of five usually anapestic lines with the rhyme scheme of aabba. Example: There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, 'It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!' ~Edward Lear

4: Pastoral: A poem that depicts rural life in a peaceful, idealized way. Example: Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods or steepy mountain yields. And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow rivers to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals. And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers, and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle; A gown made of the finest wool Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined slippers for the cold, With buckles of th purest gold; A belt of straw and ivy buds, With coral clasps and amber studs: And if these pleasures may thee move, Come live with me and be my love. The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing For thy delight each May morning: If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me and be my love. ~Christopher Marlowe

5: TPCASTT Analysis: Ode to the West Wind Percy Bysshe Shelley I O WILD West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being Thou from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red, Pestilence-stricken multitudes! O thou 5 Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed The wingd seeds, where they lie cold and low, Each like a corpse within its grave, until Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill 10 (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air) With living hues and odours plain and hill; Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and preserver; hear, O hear!

6: II Thou on whose stream, 'mid the steep sky's commotion, 15 Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed, Shook from the tangled boughs of heaven and ocean, Angels of rain and lightning! there are spread On the blue surface of thine airy surge, Like the bright hair uplifted from the head 20 Of some fierce Mnad, even from the dim verge Of the horizon to the zenith's height, The locks of the approaching storm. Thou dirge Of the dying year, to which this closing night Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre, 25 Vaulted with all thy congregated might Of vapours, from whose solid atmosphere Black rain, and fire, and hail, will burst: O hear! III Thou who didst waken from his summer dreams The blue Mediterranean, where he lay, 30 Lull'd by the coil of his crystlline streams,

7: Beside a pumice isle in Bai's bay, And saw in sleep old palaces and towers Quivering within the wave's intenser day, All overgrown with azure moss, and flowers 35 So sweet, the sense faints picturing them! Thou For whose path the Atlantic's level powers Cleave themselves into chasms, while far below The sea-blooms and the oozy woods which wear The sapless foliage of the ocean, know 40 Thy voice, and suddenly grow gray with fear, And tremble and despoil themselves: O hear! IV If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear; If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee; A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share 45 The impulse of thy strength, only less free Than thou, O uncontrollable! if even I were as in my boyhood, and could be

8: The comrade of thy wanderings over heaven, As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed 50 Scarce seem'd a vision—I would ne'er have striven As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need. O! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed! A heavy weight of hours has chain'd and bow'd 55 One too like thee—tameless, and swift, and proud. V Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own? The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep autumnal tone, 60 Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one! Drive my dead thoughts over the universe, Like wither'd leaves, to quicken a new birth; And, by the incantation of this verse, 65

9: Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? 70

10: Analysis T (Title): This poem has a relatively generic title, considering it is an ode. The West Wind may be literal or symbolic of natural forces and the way they shape, build, and destroy parts of the earth. P (Paraphrase): Shelley describes the west wind as a driving force of nature that aids in the changing of the seasons, then goes on to describe it bringing on storms and aiding the weather. He describes a delicate, somewhat utopian place on an island created by nature. Later, he speaks of what great power the wind has and can scarcely imagine what it would be like to understand and harness it, though he knows this is utterly beyond reach, and asks the wind to cleanse his spirit, telling it to "drive my dead thoughts over the universe." C (Connotation): First Canto: Here, Shelley describes the west wind as the force that drives the changing of the seasons. In line three, he uses imagery to describe the invisible and enchanting force of the west wind in Autumn, and describes the leaves that are "fleeing" in the second stanza. In stanzas three and four, Shelley turns from the destructive force to the building force and conveys Spring, with seeds lying dormant until they are awakend by the blowing of the east wind ("thine azure sister of the Spring" http://www.faculty.umb.edu/elizabeth_fay/pbsnotes.html). The east wind then goes on to awaken the entire earth, bringing it back to life after a long winter. He uses similes in lines eight and eleven, and writes in a descriptive style that creates a smooth, soothing, beautiful image of nature.

11: Second Canto: Here, Shelley turns to the airborn forces of the wind and describes the awesome effect it can have on the weather. He talks of a gathering storm and its cleansing, life-giving effect on the earth and Mother nature. He speaks of the storm's power and how it covers and engulfs the entire sky. He depicts hell in the last line and relates the "oncoming storm" to the end of the year, with the west wind as the bringer of change or of evil (http://www.collegetermpapers.com/TermPapers/English/Analysis_of_Shellys_Ode_to_the_West_Wind.shtml). Third Canto: In the first several stanzas, Shelley paints a picture of a calm, soothing, somewhat utopian place on an island in the Mediterranean. He uses description and imagery to convey a vivid, colorful world removed from the worries of everyday life. The last lines support the idea that Shelley view the west wind as the bringer of evil, as the island seems to become dark and filled with fear (http://www.collegetermpapers.com/TermPapers/English/Analysis_of_Shellys_Ode_to_the_West_Wind.shtml). Fourth Canto: Here, Shelley shows much reverence toward the west wind. He sort of looks up at it, metaphorically gazing in awe at its power. He wishes he could have just a small share of its power, understand nature. He seems to be asking it for mercy in the fourth stanza, and shows that it can invoke fear and awe in mortals. He describes its strength as impulsive and uncontrollable, and remembers how much stronger and freer he had been as a child. In the final stanza, he seems to relent to the wind, and wishes he were "tameless. swift, and proud" like the wind.

12: Fifth Canto: Here, Shelley seems to come to terms with the west wind. (http://www.collegetermpapers.com/TermPapers/English/Analysis_of_Shellys_Ode_to_the_West_Wind.shtml) He asks the wind to sort of cleanse him, or "drive my dead thoughts over the universe." He uses imagery in line sixty-four to convey this. He also tries to come to terms with himself, and ends on a somewhat lighter note than most of the poem. A (Attitude): This poem is mostly dark, as Shelley seems to view the west wind as the bringer of darkness, winter, and evil. S (Shift): While each stanza focuses on a different topic, there are two primary shifts in the poem. The first is between the third and fourth cantos, where Shelley sort of bows down to the wind as opposed to describing it, creating a shift from darkness to sheer power and awe. Also, between cantos four and five, Shelley seems to relent and come to terms with the west wind, ending the poem on a lighter note. T (Theme): Nature can build or destroy, can be good or evil, but will always win out in the end. T (Title): The west wind represents the dark forces of nature that may not be completely evil and which we all must come to terms with.

14: Narrative Poem: Waiting A man sits on a bench On the platform At a train station He is waiting All day he sits and waits What he is waiting for, nobody knows Except for him - he knows Oh yes, he knows He waits in silence Contemplating the arrival Of a train That runs on no schedule It could arrive at any time An hour, a day, a year But he doesn't mind He can wait

15: For the train's destination Cannot be reached by land or sea And the only way to reach it Is to try to evade it until you arrive And so he waits And waits And as the train arrives He departs for the next world

16: Ode: Ode to a Rainy Day Ode to a rainy day With clouds overhead Painted in many hues of gray Rain pitter-patters on the rooftops Creating a soothing symphony Of natural percussion The rain waters plants Making green grass greener And flowers bloom more brightly Lightning flashes Illuminating the sky Followed by the bellow of rolling thunder The storm draws nearer Clouds darken Rain intensifies

17: Wind begins to blow throughout the treetops Bending trees and snapping branches Whistling through the woods Lightning flashes brighter Thunder cracks like fireworks The pitter-patter continues At long last the lightning stops The thunder as well The storm has ceased And as the rain departs Nature awakens Once again

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