FC: My Poetry Portfolio By: Shin S.
1: Table of Contents | Poetry Terms 2-3 Poetry Analysis 4-7 Original Poems 8-9
2: Poetry Terms | Irony: a literacy device used to contrast between the actual meaning and the suggestion of another meaning. Example: Water, water everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink -The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by: Coleridge
3: Couplet: a pair of lines in poetry that are usually rhymed. Example: If cars go zoom, exhaust smoke will plume. Haiku: A japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Example: Rain falls, seeds sprout Continues life from something Small but strong, it grows
4: "Birches"- 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-coloured 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. 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, 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. 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,
5: 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.
6: T: a forest of birch trees P: The speaker states that when he sees bent birch trees he likes to think a boy has been on them. Frost likes birches because it is a way of getting away from earth. (aka. adulthood/corruption) C: Frost's first stanza incorporates imagery to throughly describe the ice storms. "Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells." Frost then incorporates another line of imagery to tell the reader his feelings. "You'd thought the inner dome of heaven had fallen. The first half of the poem is about escaping corruption and the imaginative sense of mind. We can understand this by the passage,
7: "get away from earth awhile." There is a cause/effect situation. The upward thrust of the birch trees represents escaping corruption and leaving below the difficulties of everyday life. The downward pull of the poem represents coming back down to earth where we face difficulties and corruption in life. In the last few lines, Frost uses personification to offer his feelings on death snd his thoughts on afterlife. He strengthens his ties with earth by saying, "earth is the right place for love." A: The speaker feels unstable about life. An overall feeling of ambition. S: Line 41-42; Shift from Frost's imaginitive/fanciful sense of mind to past experiences. T: Facing ups and downs in life, but still reaching for the skies. T: The poem defines the meaning of life. When facing difficulties in life overcome these things through love and truth.
8: Ode to my baseball glove O, baseball glove, my dear companion you have always persevered through days I have trained from the smell of the dirt and the flyballs we have caught you were always there for me my dear companion O, glove eight years together me and you in the midst of practice game time
9: Baseball Game The game was on the line two outs and the bases were loaded the crowd went crazy for Mighty Alex was up to bat the first pitch a strike and the second one too The pitcher glared at Mighty Alex and threw the ball with might "Stiiiiirikkkkkke Thrrrrrree" The game was over and the team had lost