BC: Thank You Ms. Delengher and Mrs. Hill
FC: Jazi's World Of Poetry By: Arsalan Jazi Blacksburg High School March 2008
1: Table of Contents Title page................................Front Cover Table of Contents.............................page 1 Pound Poem......................................page 2 Poet and Musician Biography.........................................page 3 Maroon 5 and Shel Silverstein comparison and contrast..............page 4-5 Excerpts of Silverstein's "Whatif," poem..................................................page 6 Excerpts from Maroon 5's "Wake up Call," lyrics..................................page 7-10 Imitation poem ("Dorms," and "Life,")........................................page 11-12 Poems by Jazi ("Summer Vacation," and "Why We Play the Game")........page 13-14
2: War in Mankind All will fight at the Officers call, Many will die as the bullets fall. Legs shot off, Men are blind, Oh how merciful is mankind. The weapons of war have no pity, Be the soldier from the country or the big city. You do not seem to care a lot, On the killing fields of battle many are left to rot. In the face of the enemy bravery will be shown, Many will die some will come home. Wounds so terrible to behold, Young faces will quickly grow old. Cannons roar, shells do burst, Who, will cry for peace the first. Perhaps, one day, Peace in our Time, No more armies, no more crime. Save this world from total destruction, Hold peaceful meetings without disruption. One large round table for politicians to meet, Start again with a nice clean sheet.
3: Sheldon Alan Silverstein Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He had two children. His first child was Shoshanna (Shanna), she was born June 30, 1970 with Shel’s first wife, Susan Hastings. Susan Hastings died 5 years after giving birth to Shanna in Baltimore, Maryland. Shanna died at the age of 11 from cerebral aneurysm in Baltimore while attending Bryn Mawr School on April 24, 1982. Silverstein had a son later on from his wife Sarah after Susan Hastings, named Matthew, who was born on November 10, 1983. Shel served in the United States Army around the 1950s, and drew and wrote cartoons (mostly military). He also had a passion for music and playwriting; later on he then began writing children’s poetry. Shel is famous for his childrens’ book, A Giving Tree and a series of poem collections in a book called Falling Up and A Light in the Attic. Silverstein died due to a heart attack in the weekend of May 8, 1999, in Key West, Florida. The poem “One Inch Tall,” is written by Shel Silverstein and in his poetry book Where the Sidewalk Ends. The book Where the Sidewalk Ends was published in 1974. In 1974 Richard Nixon resigned as president due to the Watergate scandal, world population reached 4 billion and the tough war in Vietnam comes to dreaded end. Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is a modern rock band. They originated from Los Angeles, California. The members of the rock band include Adam Levine, James Valentine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Matt Flynn. The song “Wake up Call,” is in Maroon 5’s second studio album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, which was released in May of 2007. Maroons 5 has received multiple awards for their previous albums and are often on tours across America playing their most recent album (It Won't Be Soon Before Long). During the period that Maroon 5’s second studio album was published the U.S. was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, employment rate was dropping, and America was falling into a recession.
4: Old School Silverstein versus 21st Century Maroon 5 Shel Silverstein is very different from Maroon 5. Shel Silverstein grew up in the mists of World War II and the Cold War. Much of Silverstein’s life was devoted to the military; enlisted and stationed in the pacific he began his writing career as a cartoonist. Maroon 5 is a rock band consisting of five men in their mid twenties. The artists in Maroon 5 come from a completely different generation than Silverstein did. Maroon 5 grew up in an age of globalization when computers were introduced, the Internet was rapidly growing, and technology was expanding at an exceedingly high rate. During Silverstein’s time, there weren’t any computers or great digital devices, only typewriters, TVs, telephones, and radios. Maroon 5 and Shel Silverstein write about completely different genres. Maroon 5 composes songs mostly about love and romantic relationships. On the other hand, Silverstein writes children’s poetry concerning immature topics and hilarious military cartoons. The image created by Maroon 5’s songs are much easier to comprehend and suitable for adults than elementary kids; the context of their lyrics are not appropriate for children either. Shel Silverstein’s literature was written for all ages, even adults, but was especially intended for young kids in order to teach them about the early lessons of life. Songs can be poems but not all poems can be songs. Maroon 5’s song, “Wake Up Call,” can be considered a poem because it is describing the trouble called through cheating in relationships through a personal experience. You can read the lyrics of “Wake Up
5: Call,” as a poem in a normal voice without any musical rhythm and it sounds just like any other poem. That is not the case with some of Shel Silverstein’s poetry because they often lack tempo, a hidden story within the lyrics, and a repeated stanza in which the base of the story revolves around. Silverstein’s poem, “Whatif,” can be converted into a song because it focuses on an idea, describing the various situations in life that could happen and has a repetitive phrase, “whatif”, that the whole poem relates back to. The lyrics and the poem have some similarities. The lyrics, “Wake Up Call,” have an end rhyme scheme just like Silverstein’s poem “Whatif.” The poem and lyrics are both envelope rhymes with a rhyming pattern of abba. Both have cadences, they naturally and rhythmically rise and fall in language as they are normally read.
6: Whatif By: Shel Silverstein Last night, while I lay thinking here, Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear And pranced and partied all night long And sang their same old Whatif song: Whatif I'm dumb in school? Whatif they've closed the swimming pol? Whatif I get beat up? Whatif there's poison in my cup? Whatif I start to cry? Whatif I get sick and die? Whatif I flunk that test? Whatif green hair grows on my chest? Whatif nobody likes me? Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me? Whatif I don't grow talle? Whatif my head starts getting smaller? Whatif the fish won't bite? Whatif the wind tears up my kite? Whatif they start a war? Whatif my parents get divorced? Whatif the bus is late? Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight? Whatif I tear my pants? Whatif I never learn to dance? Everything seems swell, and then The nighttime Whatifs strike again!
7: "Wake Up Call," Lyrics by MAROON 5 [Verse] I didn't hear what you were saying. I live on raw emotion baby I answer questions never maybe And I'm not kind if you betray me. So who the hell are you to say we Never would have made it babe. [Bridge] If you needed love Well then ask for love Could have given love Now I’m taking love And it’s not my fault Cause you both deserve What is coming now So don’t say a word [Chorus] Wake up call Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed Don't you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don't think so. Six foot tall
8: Came without a warning so I had to shoot him dead He won't come around here anymore Come around here? I don't think so. [Breakdown] Would have bled to make you happy You didn't need to treat me that way And now you beat me at my own game And now I find you sleeping soundly And your lovers screaming loudly Hear a sound and hit the ground [Bridge] If you needed love Well then ask for love Could have given love Now I’m taking love And it’s not my fault Cause you both deserve What’s coming now So don’t say a word [Chorus] Wake up call Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed Don't you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don't think so.
9: Six foot tall Came without a warning so I had to shoot him dead He won't come around here anymore Come around here? I don’t feel so bad, I don’t feel so bad, I don’t feel so bad [Breakdown] I'm so sorry darling Did I do the wrong thing? Oh, what was I thinking? Is his heart still beating? Woah oh ohh [Chorus] Wake up call Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed Don't you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don't think so. Six foot tall Came without a warning so I had to shoot him dead He won't come around here anymore Come around here anymore? I don’t feel so bad Wake up call Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed Don’t you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don’t think so. Six foot tall
10: Came without a warning so I had to shoot him dead He won’t come around here anymore No, he won’t come around here. I don’t feel so bad I don’t feel so bad (Wake up call) I don’t feel so bad (Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed) I don’t feel so bad (Don’t you care about me anymore?) Care about me? I don’t feel so bad. Wake up call Caught you in the morning with another one in my bed Don't you care about me anymore?
11: Dorms By: Arsalan Jazi You share it with someone you care It's small and far from fun at all You sleep in it and keep all your stuff in it There is only a desk and a place to rest. It expresses your passion and stores fashion Consisting of a laptop and a fridge top Filled with memories and discoveries Where your brain thrives and you strive. It's where you live in college And learn some useful knowledge. This is an imitation poem and the form I am imitating is internal rhyme.
12: Life By: Arsalan Jazi It's like a puzzle, searching for the pieces that fit We often demand too much from it Changes happen in a blink of an eye Often wasted, trashed, and a lie With back breaking work that's long People don't know what they have until its gone Filled with memories, family, friends and, love Dirty as a rat or peaceful as a dove It has only one purpose inside But that's for you to decide. This is an imitation poem and the form I am imitating is end rhyme.
13: Summer Vacation By: Arsalan Jazi You look forward to it all year Pack up your luggage and gear Hop in the car and hit the road Relax, enjoy, and set the mode. The loud roller coasters and sunny beach All the pleasures of life are in your reach Smooth, fruity drinks and on the brink of reality Delicious meals and seditious desserts Before you know it, it's all over Get ready to start school once over.
14: Why We Play the Game By: Arsalan Jazi For: Pride Obligation to a team and a dream Obedience Tradition Brotherhood Ambitions Legends Legacy
15: The poem "Why We Play the Game," is dedicated to Mike Hart (above) and Brent Favre.