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FC: Poetry Portfolio By:Adrian
1: Table of Contents Page 2.....Poetry Terms Page 3&4....."Birches" by Robert Frost Page 5&6.....TPCASTT Analysis Page 7..... "Carma" by Me Page 8..... Image of "Carma" Page 9..... "The Path Unwanted" by Me Backover..... Image of "The Path Unwanted"
2: Poetry Terms Oxymoron: Putting two contradictory words together. Example: The hot, icy fire died out on the cold winter day. | Alussion: A brief reference to a person, event, or place, whether it's true or fictuos. Example: The man stolled down the street as Will Smith did in 2002. | Satire: A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human foolishness and/or weakness. Example: The lawyer tugged at the car door for hours, believing it was jammed until he noticed that his keys were in the car. So much for his "intelligence".
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: 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
4: 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
5: TPCASTT Analysis T(title): I think this story will be about how trees go through their life cycle and how it's similar to humans. Like how we go through physical, mental and emotional conflicts and hardships. P(paraphrase): The poem is about how children swing on trees but don't bend them them down to stay; the icestorms would do that. Throughout, the speaker feels nostalgic about how he was once a "swinger of birches" and wishes the children caused the trees to bend permanently by swinging on them, not the icestorms. C(connotation): "With the same...above the brim" is a metaphor and it depicts how people always want to go higher but without physical and mental pain, you'll never get there. Also, "And life is too much like pathlesss wood" is a simile and this phrase is stating that life goes on too much without guidance. Next, "But I was... when Truth broke in" is an example of personification because it's giving the word "truth" human like aspects by capitilizing it as a name and saying that it "broke in". This phrase is stating when reality broke in; that the icestorms caused the trees to bend down to stay. Moreover, this passage depicts imagery: " Ice-storms do...glass to sweep away". It explains how the icestorms effect nature, which is allegorical to how maturity changes us in childood. Although, in this segment of the poem, Frost explains the reality of becoming an adult without you allowing it is a beautiful, beneficial change. Lastly, this is the last line of the poem: "And one could do worse than be a swinger of birches". I believe Frost is trying to get across that you can't handle anything better without being the cause in life. The law of cause and effect states if you live your life at the cause, you're confident and in power. On the contrary, if you live your life at the effect, you're powerless and upset because the decision is not yours.
6: A(attitude): The speaker feels that childhood is carefree and easy to go through and believe. Adulthood takes you to reality and so then you realize that you can't climb your way up to heaven as one would once believe as a child. S(shift): The poem is shifted after line #41. Before that, the speaker recalls the simple, cherrishing memmories of being a kid. Then the poem shifts over to a melancholy tone. Frost wishes to leave earth for heaven, but be able to come back. Although, life cannot allow that and once you make a decision, you'll never be able to take it back. T(title): Now I think the story is about, according to the title, it's about how trees start out young and fresh like children. Although, when the ice-storms hit them(reality/adulthood) they begin to bend and hang limp. This is allegorical to the transition from childhood to adulthood, as a child you feel the excitement of life and you're grateful for it. T(theme): The poem explains how childen mature and how they lose their beliefs, wishes, hopes and motivations they used to have. Sometimes the "icestorms"(maturity/adulthood) hit them too quickly. The speaker feels children should be able to direct their lives and to not be the effect to life. That's what it means to be a "swinger of birches".
7: Ode Poem Carma The law of carma Gives people the opportunity To oversee before they do Since the outcome is clear And easy to depict For you know when it hits Is when realization is equal To that of the crime Or the deed that shant be done For life has this rule That some may abide But do not comprehend If only, if only this law was understood Life could not be so ambivalent
9: Elegy Poem The Path Unwanted Those who crept down the lonely corridor Left behind the once the dreaded present Hurrying past their last few moments Thoughts of trapped forevermore laments Empty-emptiness filled with evil Ghastly and grave misted through the air Panic had struck and it lingered in their conciousness Before it was replaced with horror Those who glanced behind at the pool of water Saw the demon within Its red eyes gleaming, its pupils enlargening Were themselves, bonded with felonies and sins