Poetry Dedication Digital Project Ashleigh Shelley
For YouPoetry is as free and wild, as it is calm and collected.You have been here for me, always, like the sun andmoon. You taught me that life can be as complex as it issimple; that some things are just as they appear whileothers have a deeper meaning. You said that eachperson’s views on the same poems are all different, it’show we read into it. Here you will see how I read intothem. You said that poetry doesn’t have to make senseall the time, even when I try to make it make sense.So, even when it seems that I’m not listening when yousay it doesn’t need to make sense, know that I am. Thisis my dedication to you… my mom, my hero, my bestfriend, my inspiration.
In Flanders Field John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
In Flanders Field John McCrae In Flanders Field is a war poem that was written by John McCrae on May 3, 1915. It was published onDecember 8, 1915 in a London-based magazine called Punch and is in a 1919 collection of McCrae’s work In FlandersField and Other Poems. John McCrae, a Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel in World War I, wrote the poemafter burying his friend Alexis Helmer on May 2, 1915. The two had fought in the Second Battle of Ypres. The poem wastitled in Flanders Field because the battle had taken place in the Flanders region of Belgium. Today, Flanders Field is acemetery and memorial for WWI. McCrae mentions the poppies in the poem, because he was amazed at how fast theygrew around the graves. The speakers in In Flanders Field are the dead. They speak to the living, sending them a message. Theirmessage is about a war and about continuing the battle that they have left behind, i.e. “Scarce heard amid the gunsbelow” and “Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw, The torch; be yours to hold it high.”This message is the main theme in the poem. Another main theme is centered around death. Though death may notexactly be mentioned in the poem, the dead are the speakers. The tone of the poem is one of sorrow, as it is for any poem of death and war. Though the main tone issorrowful, there seems to be an underlying of acceptance as well. This acceptance is the dead acknowledging the factthat they are dead and have left loved ones behind. The last stanza in the poem brings out a third tone; the somberplea. They plead to the living to continue with their fight. They also plead for the living to not break their faith withthem, because if they do, the dead cannot rest. This request is stated firmly and clearly, as is the rest of the poem. The structure of the poem is an interesting one. It starts off in the present in the first stanza: “In Flanders fieldthe poppies blow”. In the second stanza it touches on past of just a few days before: “We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsetglow, Loved and were loved”. The third stanza comes back to the present, telling the living to continue the fight thatthey had left behind and the possibly ‘future’ of the dead if the faith is broken: “Take up our quarrel with the foe” and“If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep”. The rhyme scheme of the poem is a simple one: stanza one hasAABBA, stanza two has AABC, and stanza three has AABBAC. The poem has several images in it, especially in the middle and ending. In the second stanza, the words “feltdawn” and “saw sunset glow” are two examples of imagery. No one can ‘feel’, but, like the sunset, they can see it. Theglowing sunset helps you picture the setting sun. The last stanza holds a lot of imagery. The words “failing hands wethrow” and “The torch” symbolizes the dying and the dead and the torch can symbolize life, the rite of passage, or thefight for freedom. “Break faith with us who die” can symbolize cowardice, because it could represent someone runningaway from the battle. “We shall not sleep” is the last symbol of imagery in the poem because the dead no longer needsleep, although a common phrase the living say to the dead is ‘Rest in Peace’.
O Captain! My Captain! Walt WhitmanO Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor is won; will;The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closedWhile follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and and done; daring: From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object But O heart! heart! heart! won; O the bleeding drops of red, Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! Where on the deck my Captain lies, But I, with mournful tread, Fallen cold and dead. Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning; Here Captain! dear father! This arm beneath your head; It is some dream that on the deck, Youve fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman O Captain! My Captain! is a poem written by Walt Whitman in 1865. It was writtenfor the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the poem, severalreferences are made to the assassination by John Wilkes Booth and the American Civil War.The subject of the poem, the ‘Captain’ is President Lincoln. The ‘fearful trip’ and ‘ship’ referto the Civil War and the United States of America, respectively. ‘Fallen cold and dead’ refersto Lincoln’s assassination. The last two images, ‘victor ship’ and ‘object won’, refer to theUnion states and a good outcome of the war, like the end of slavery and the states to beunited under one flag. The speaker of a poem seems to portray a son, and he is speaking to his captain, hisfather. The occasion is the end of a war. The title symbolism in the poem is about leaders. Acaptain is a leader, as is a president. The main tone of the poem is sadness. The poem isspoken mostly with sorrow, but also with hopefulness, especially in the third stanza, whenhe talks about rising up for several different reasons. Disbelief is also present in the fourthstanza, ‘It is some dream that on the deck, You’ve fallen cold and dead’. Three main themesare present throughout the poem. They are war (‘the fearful trip’), victory (‘the prize wesought is won’ and ‘the victor ship, comes in with object won’), and death (‘the bleedingdrops of red’ and ‘fallen cold and dead’). The structure of the poem is simple, yet complex. Each stanza has four lines. Stanzasone, three, and five are longer. Stanzas two, four, and six are much shorter. Also, stanzas two,four, and six are indented. The rhyme scheme for this poem doesn’t follow a normal pattern.The scheme is: stanza 1; AABC, stanza 2; DEFE, stanza 3; GHIJ, stanza 4; KELE, stanza 5;HHAA, and stanza 6; GEFE.
Nature, the Gentlest Mother Emily Dickinson Nature, the gentlest mother, Her voice among the aisles Impatient of no child, Incites the timid prayerThe feeblest or the waywardest,- Of the minutest cricket, Her admonition mild The most unworthy flower. In forest and the hill When all the children sleep By traveller is heard She turns as long away Restraining rampant squirrel As will suffice to light her lamps; Or too impetuous bird. The bending from the sky, How fair her conversation, With infinite affection A summer afternoon,- And infiniter care, Her household, her assembly; Her golden finger on her lip, And when the sun goes down Wills silence everywhere.
Nature, the Gentlest Mother Emily Dickinson Nature, the Gentlest Mother is a poem written by Emily Dickinson and was publishedafter her death in 1886. It was also published in Thomas H. Johnsons book The CompletePoems of Emily Dickinson, published in 1955. In this poem, there is no prominent speaker. The children of nature are being inaddressed in the poem. The speaker is telling the children about nature and how she lovesher children. The speaker also talks about the passage of daytime to nighttime, by the linesA summer afternoon and And when the sun goes down, and what nature does in thattime. Throughout the poem, one central theme keeps showing up. That theme is aboutnature nurturing and loving all her children. The term Mother Nature ties in with thispoem. The tone of this poem is one of affection and caring. It tells of how she cares for eventhe tiniest of creatures. The poem is spoken in a manner as if a mother were talking to heryoung child: soft-spoken. The structure of the poem is very simple. Each stanza has four linesin them. There does not seem to be any formal rhyme scheme in the poem, although thereare several words that do rhyme. Several images are spread throughout the poem. The first image Nature, the gentlestmother can refer to mother nature. How fair her conversation can be interpreted assomething you can hear when it happens, such as a soft rain or breeze. Her household, herassembly can be the earth and all that inhabit it. The stars and the moon can represent Thebending from the sky and Her golden finger on her lip can possibly refer to the sun. In theline that states With infinite affection, it says that the affection that nature has is thereforever. The line that below it, And infiniter care, is an interesting figure of speech becauseit seems to say that nature will care for an even longer time than forever.
The Power of Love Helen Steiner RiceThere is no thinking person So our problems keep on growingwho can stand untouched today every hour of the dayAnd view the world around us As man vainly tries to solve themdrifting downward to decay in his own SELF-WILLFUL WAY....Without feeling deep within them But man is powerless alonea silent unnamed dread, to CLEAN UP THE WORLD OUTSIDEWondering how to stem the chaos Until his own polluted soulthat lies frightfully ahead... is CLEAN and FREE INSIDE....But the problems we are facing For the amazing power of lovecannot humanly be solved is beyond all comprehensionFor our diplomatic strategy And it alone can heal this worldonly gets us more involved of its hatred and dissension.And our skillful ingenuity,our technology and scienceCan never change a sinful heartfilled with hatred and defiance....
The Power of Love Helen Steiner Rice The Power of Love is a poem written by Helen Steiner Rice and is featured in severalof her poetry books, including Someone Cares, published in 1972. The poem does not seem to have a prominent speaker, but the addressee is mankind.The speaker talks about the destruction of mankind, a sinful heart filled with hatred anddefiance. It also speaks of a way that mankind can save the decaying world by saying thatman cannot hope to ‘clean up the world outside’ unless his own soul is ‘clean and freeinside’. She also states in the poem that love can heal the world. This means you would haveto learn to love yourself before you can love others and start to change the world. Thetheme of the poem is about how the power of love can fix and heal anything. The tone for most of the poem is somber, but then changes over to hope. The speakerspeaks with sureness and certainty that love can heal all. There is no formal structure of thepoem. It is one long poem that has no actual stanza breaks. The way the poem waswritten, however, suggests that stanza breaks are completely possible. Four times throughthe poem, some lines end with the intention of being possible stanza breaks. The rhymescheme is long and complex: ABCBDEFEGHIHJKLKMBDBNOPOQRSR. The poem has several images spread throughout. The first image Drifting downwardto decay describes something rotting away or falling apart. Silent unnamed dread can referto a foreboding feeling. Chaos that lies frightfully ahead can refer to the uncertainty andconfusion of the future. So our problems keep on growing compares our problems to livingthings, since only living things grow. Polluted soul is clean and free inside and It alone canheal this world refers to how love cannot change anything until our soul is clean and freeand how love alone is the only healing power.
If Rudyard KiplingIf you can keep your head when all about you If you can make one heap of all your winningsAre losing theirs and blaming it on you, And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, And lose, and start again at your beginningsBut make allowance for their doubting too; And never breathe a word about your loss;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewOr being lied about, dont deal in lies, To serve your turn long after they are gone,Or being hated, dont give way to hating, And so hold on when there is nothing in youAnd yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise: Except the Will which says to them: Hold on!If you can dream - and not make dreams your If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, master; Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,If you can think - and not make thoughts your if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, aim; If all men count with you, but none too much;If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster If you can fill the unforgiving minuteAnd treat those two impostors just the same; With sixty seconds worth of distance run,If you can bear to hear the truth youve spoken Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, And - which is more - youll be a Man, my son!Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build em up with worn-out tools:
If Rudyard Kipling If is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895 and was published in 1910. It was featured in Kipling’scollection of stories Rewards and Fairies. The poem was written as a brother piece for his story Brother SquareToes. In Kipling’s autobiography, Something to Myself, published posthumously, he states that the poem wasinspired by Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, who led the British raid on Boers in South Africa in 1895. The speaker inthe poem, a mother or a father, speaks to their son about different scenarios in life he would encounter andthe choices he would have to make with growing up and becoming a man. The subject of the poem is stated throughout: a person being able to think and do things and not letthem take over or change him. The tones of the poem are certainty and belief. They are spoken with the samecertainty and belief because the speaker believes that if the son makes all the correct choices to the scenariosthat the speaker gives, he will be a man. Throughout the poem, there are many themes. Two of the mainthemes are making choices and looking and handling the different scenarios where these choices would occurin life. The structure of the poem is simple. There are four stanzas, each broken up into eight lines. Each stanzahas different scenarios, some looking at more than one or two in each. All in all, each deals with something thatthe addressee would think or do, what he could do for each, as well as outcome at the end. The rhyme schemeis also simple: stanza 1; AAAABCBC, stanza 2; DEDEFGFG, stanza 3; HIHIAJAJ, stanza 4; AKAKLMLM. The poem is all full of images. One image, ‘Or being hated, don’t give way to hating’ means to not to bebothered by being hated by people, but do not hate others. ‘If you can dream – and not make dreams yourmaster’ and ‘If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim’ means that you can dream and think, but tonot let them take over your life. ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/ And treat these two imposters justthe same’ means that through life good and bad things will, but when they happen, you should treat eachoccasion the same. ‘Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch’ means that you can be around those withhigher status than yourself, but not lose touch with those around you. The last image ‘The Earth is yours andeverything that’s in it’ means that if the addressee can do everything in the poem, he can do anything and‘have’ everything, which includes the Earth.
Winter’s Forest In a woodland low The forest is bare and white All covered in ice and snow Is illuminated by the moon’s light There stands the willow trees In the middle of a stone ruinBlowing in the breathless, icy breeze Beneath the cold winter moon Winter nights are cold and long In this forest that’s bare and white The wind sings a sorrowful songMourning with the trees of the night
Sunset, Sunrise The sun’s rays are meltingInto orange, red, and purple Here we will stand With dreams and faith As darkness creeps in The sun’s rays are wakingInto orange, red, and purple Here we still stand With hope and promise As darkness fades away
Far Away Yet Near In the skies you fly with Stars dancing around youYou are the essence of the night Your heartbeat is far away Yet I hear it’s near Every night you rise High above to linger Your light is soft and innocent Your eyes are far away Yet I see them near You are eternity Ageless and free You are a spirit of peace Your wings are far away Yet I feel them near
Petals of Tears I will try, I will enter your love With petals of tears Get right to the core From unpicked flowersHitch-hiking; I will get straight to the My love will fly heart Sorrow will not come Without you Petals are blooming on Earth With petals of tears Blooming petals of tears You will leave with me in earnest But we will part again Without you Petals are blooming on the Moon Our shadows will come together Blooming petals of tears Instead of us For a moment, time will turn towards usWith light coming from the window
Spirit What makes the fire burn With a controlled or fierce intensity? What makes the water flow As a calm stream or raging river? What makes the air blowLike a gentle breeze or ferocious wind? What makes the earth live and die From the awakening of spring and summerTo the slumber of autumn and winter? The answer is as simple As a spirit of nature.
Original Poems: Why did I include them? Each of my five original poems that I have included in this project hassentimental value to me. I added these poems to my project because I was able toexperiment with my poetry on different emotions and different subjects. In the poem Spirit I asked a question about each element and gave an answerin the end. I believe that each element is a form of nature and has a spirit. I alsobelieve that each element has a calm and wild side. Sunset, Sunrise conveys several things. It hints to a passage of time, withoutcoming out and saying ‘night has come and gone’. It also shows the similaritybetween the sunrise and sunset, such as the colors and the feelings each can haveon a person, as well as a contrast, like the melting and waking of the sun’s rays andthe darkness creeping in and fading away. Petals of Tears is simply about love and possibly love lost. Far Away Yet Near is about the moon. Although it is not specificallymentioned in the poem, there are a few lines that allude to it. I chose this titlebecause sometimes it seems as if the moon is near enough to touch, even though itis far away from our reach. In Winter’s Forest I tried to catch the coldness of winter with describing theforest, where the willows are at, the wind, and the nights. The reason I chose astone ruin for the home of the willows is because when a person thinks of stone, Ithink they would normally think of hard and cold.
Bibliography• Dickinson, Emily. "Nature, the Gentlest Mother." Bartleby.com. (2012): n. page. Web. 20 May. 2012. <http://www.bartleby.com/113/2001.html>.• Kipling, Rudyard. "If-." Poetry Foundation. (2011): n. page. Web. 20 May. 2012. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175772>.• McCrae, John. "In Flanders Field." Great War 1914-1918. (2009): n. page. Web. 20 May. 2012. <http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders- fields.htm>.• Rice, Helen Steiner. Someone Cares. New York City: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1972. 9. Print.• Whitman, Walt. "O Captain! My Captain!." Library of Congress. n. page. Web. 20 May. 2012. <http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/poems/my_captain.html>.
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