FC: My Poetry Portfolio By: Tori
1: Table of Contents | Page 1: Titile Page Page 2: Table of Contents Page 3-4: Poetry Terms Page 5-16 : Poetry Analysis Page 17-24 : Two Original Poems - Narrative and Ode
2: Poetry Terms | 1. Feminine Rhyme: Feminine rhyme is a multi syllable rhyme that ends with one or more unstressed syllables. I.E. paper/vapor vacation/proclamation 2. Senryu: Senryu is a short Japanese poem that is similar to a haiku in structure, but it treats human beings, rather than nature in haiku poems. It is often written in a humorous or satiric way. It is written in seventeen syllables or less. I.E. pretty blue flower pressed flat in my book— why did I pick you? By: Sarah Grether
3: 3. Understatement: An understatement is a figure of speech in which a writer or speaker says less than what he or she means . It is the opposite of exaggeration . I.E.. One could do worse than be a swinger of branches. Last Line of "Birches" By: Robert Frost
4: Poetry Analysis | 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. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust--
5: 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?) 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,
6: 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, And life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
7: 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.
8: TPCASTT Analysis | T: The poem might be about birch trees. P: The poet is talking about birch trees and their descriptions. He is talking about the trees in the different temperatures and how they are in a long period of time. There is a boy swinging on the branches of the tree. The poet wishes of again swinging on the branches of the birch trees because he once was a swinger of the birches. The poet describes his feelings when swinging on birches. Poet wishes to leave earth to rest for a while and come back later. Also, the poet wishes to just climb birch
9: trees all the time. C: In this poem, there is imagery in the 2nd line: Across the line of straighter darker trees. It is imagery because you can see clearly in your mind, how birches look like. It affects the meaning of the poem because this line can help us imagine what the speaker is talking about. The most important line of the poem is the last line: One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. This line is an understatement. The speaker is saying less than what he really means. I think this line means that mankind could
10: do worse than swing birches. I think the speaker means that we can do more worse things than what already is happening. Also, it means that we should just be carefree sometimes and being an adult with responsibilities is also ok sometimes. It is about your inner child, how you don't have to be an adult all of the time. There is a metaphor/hyperbole in line 12-13: Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen. In this line, it is a metaphor because he is comparing the heaps of glass to heaven. It is a hyperbole because he is exaggerating the fact that there is so much glass to clean up that it
11: is like heaven's inner dome had fallen because heaven is big. Also, the heaps of glass means ice.This affects the meaning of the poem because it is a description of what happens to the birch trees in the sun. There is another simile in lines 18-20 : Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair Before therm over their heads to dry in the sun. He is comparing the birches' leaves to girls who dry their hair in the sun. He is saying that when years have passed, the birch trees' leaves are trailing on the ground. He is saying that the leaves get dried up in the sun. This affects the meaning of the poem because we now know
12: how birch trees are in long periods of time like years. There is personification in lines 21-22: But I was going to say when Truth broke in With all her matter-of-fact about the ice storm. It is personification because Truth is an abstract quality and it can't break in to something. The poet is saying that truth just breaks in with a matter- of-fact. The poet was going to say something in the poem, but truth broke in and interrupted him. He might be meaning that he wants to do something but truth which is reality is saying that it can't happen.
13: A: The author's attitude is settle and nostalgic. I think he is longing of going back to the simpler days of childhood. He feels that it is more simple, free, peaceful, and carefree when it is childhood. I think he feels that he spiritually wants to go back to being young again. He feels that when you are young there is this certain innocence that childhood contains. S: The shift in this poem is in lines 41-42 : Kicking his way down through the air to the ground. So was I once myself a swinger of birches;...... The shift changes from descriptive and imaginative to a more reflective attitude and imagery.
14: This is a change in tone. He changes from describing to being nostalgic. This shift affects the poem because the poem first starts out about descriptions of birch trees and then he moves to past experiences about birch trees and going through his memories of when he was a little kid. This affects the meaning because now the meaning of the poem is more about nostalgia of childhood and before it was more about life. Title: My predictions were kind of right. I said that the poem was going to be about birch trees and it is. But it is also about life and longing to go back to the simpler
15: times. Theme: I think the theme of this poem is really just about the innocence and carefree life of children. It is about how when you are a child you don't have much to worry about and you don't really have problems. But when you enter adulthood, you have responsibilities and things to take care of. Also, it is about how sometimes we just long to be a child again because it is not such a hectic life.
16: Original Poems | Narrative Poem The Princess' Pet There once was a king who lived in a palace. He had a princess daughter of age six. The princess demanded a pet. But she did not know which pet to get. She couldn't decide. A cat, a dog, a platypus, a guinea pig, a panda, a pig, a bear, a fish, a shark, a whale, a panda hamster? They all didn't seem quite right for \
17: a panda, a pig, a bear, a fish, a shark, a whale, a panda hamster? They all didn't seem quite right for her. She thought about it for a long time. She had finally decided on her pet. She would have a....... euglena as her pet. She told her father and he said, "that's proposturous!" But since he always gave his little girl whatever she wanted, he said ok, fine. And so, she lived happily ever after with her euglena protist.
19: Ode Poem Ode To The Panda Oh Panda! Such a lovely animal. So fluffy and soft in my hands. Colors consisting of black and white. The panda, one of the world's most endangered species. Please help the poor pandas. Eating bamboo and leaves. Descents from Asia and more. Panda, such like the polar bear, so
20: smooth and white. Oh panda bear, so comfy and cozy to be with. Habitat in broadleaf and coniferous forests. A bear with black fur on its ears. Such a cute lumbering animal. Spending its time resting, eating, and finding more food. Eating will make you more thick and comfy. Such a beautiful creature. With black eye patches on its eyes.
21: A panda just like us humans, having a thick, wooly coat to keep warm in the cool forests, just like us during chilly days. Summing up- cute and soft.