Shape - Graphic Poems In shape poems, the words of the poem form a shape or even a kind of picture, showing what the poem is about. The one below is called SWING. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/shape/
My little one whose tongue is dumb, whose fingers cannot hold to things, who is so mercilessly young, he leaps upon the instant things, I hold him not. Indeed, who could? He runs into the burning wood. Follow, follow if you can! He will come out grown to a man and not remember whom he kissed, who caught him by the slender wrist and bound him by a tender yoke which, understanding not, he broke. Tennessee Williams
My hands open the curtains of your being clothe you in a further nudity uncover the bodies of your body My hands invent another body for your body Translation by Eliot Weinberger
T O U C H by Octavio Paz
He was so old his bones seemed to swim in his skin. And when I took his hand to feel his pulse I felt myself drawn in. It was as faint as the steps of a child padding across the floor in slippers, and yet he was smiling. I could almost hear a river running beneath his breath. The water clear and cold and deep. He was ready and willing to wade on in. “ AT THE END” – A poem by Ed Meek
You love the roses - so do I. I wish The sky would rain down roses, as they rain From off the shaken bush. Why will it not? Then all the valley would be pink and white And soft to tread on. They would fall as light As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be Like sleeping and like waking, all at once! George Eliot 1819-1880 ROSES
The Road not Taken - Example of an outlook ABOUT THIS POEM : Meaning: The literal meaning of this poem by Robert Frost is pretty obvious. A traveler comes to a fork in the road and needs to decide which way to go to continue his journey. After much mental debate, the traveler picks the road "less traveled by." The figurative meaning is not too hidden either. The poem describes the tough choices people stand for when traveling the road of life. The words "sorry" and "sigh" make the tone of poem somewhat gloomy. The traveler regrets leaving the possibilities of the road not chosen behind. He realizes he probably won't pass this way again. Devices: There are plenty literary devices in this poem to be discovered. One of these is antithesis . When the traveler comes to the fork in the road, he wishes he could travel both. Within the current theories of our physical world, this is a non-possibility (unless he has a split personality). The traveler realizes this and immediately rejects the idea. Yet another little contradiction are the two remarks in the second stanza about the road less traveled. First it's described as grassy and wanting wear, after which he turns to say the roads are actually worn about the same (perhaps the road less traveled makes travelers turn back?). Personification: All sensible people know that roads don't think, and therefore don't want. They can't. But the description of the road wanting wear is an example of personification in this poem. A road actually wanting some as a person would. However: some believe this to be incorrect and believe "wanting wear" is not a personification, but rather older English meaning "lacking". So it would be "Because it was grassy and lacked wear;".
THE VOICE We each have one It carries our story It’s influenced by our past It speaks to the future It comes from our heart. It needs to be cultivated It needs to be let out Develop it all you can Mine it for all it’s worth Yes, find your voice Your own unique sound And in return respect the voice of others So the chorus can be heard. Stewart Rocks, 2007