DEDICATIONDear Mom,I’ve put together a collection of poetry to give you appreciation for allthat you’ve done. Thank you for your patience, your resilience, yourhumor, and your love and care for me and my siblings. Thank you for thelate nights of movies and conversation. Thank you for all of the laundrythat you’ve done and the countless meals you’ve cooked. Thank you forthe times you’ve patiently stood outside the dressing room in the clothingstore and waited for me. Thank you for everything you’ve done.
Life is a streamOn which we strewPetal by petal the flower of ourheart;The end lost in dream,They float past our view,We only watch their glad, earlystart.“PETALS”B Y A M Y L O W E L LFreighted with hope,Crimsoned with joy,We scatter the leaves of ouropening rose;Their widening scope,Their distant employ,
We never shall know. And thestream as it flowsSweeps them away,Each one is goneEver beyond into infinite ways.We alone stayWhile years hurry on,The flower fared forth, though itsfragrance still stays.(CONTINUED)
EXPLICATION―Petals‖ was written by Amy Lowell and published in 1912 in ―A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass.‖ The poem is about a comparison between dreams and flower petals.The author starts out by talking about how flower petals that float down a stream are likeour dreams and the stream is like our lives. The speaker talks about how the flower of ourheart floats past what we can see, or our view. This can be interpreted as our dreamsfloating past us as our lives move on. As the poem progresses, the tone becomes sadderbecause it talks about how we lose our petals. It talks about how we are happy at first, butthen we become sad as we lose our petals. In other words, the poem is saying that webecome discouraged when we lose our dreams.
The poem says that they are gone ―ever beyond into infinite ways.‖There is a sort of finality in these words. It means that they are goneforever and are beyond our reach. After these verses, the poem says that―We alone stay while years hurry on.‖ It means that we are still here eventhough our dreams have floated past us. The last verse says that ―Theflower fared forth, though its fragrance still stays.‖ In this poem, theflower was our dream and the fragrance of it was the lingering memoryof our dreams.
The rhyme scheme of this poem started out as ABCABC. The rhymechanges in the seventh line to DEFDEF. The words change in the thirdgroup of verses to GHIGHI, but still have the same rhyming pattern. Theimagery was very good because the words were descriptive and painted apicture of the comparison between flower petals and streams and life anddreams. The symbolism was also excellent because of the strong symbolicrelationship between the different things.
Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystalstair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on thefloor— Bare.MOTHER TO SONB Y L A N G S T O N H U G H E S But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s, And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in thedark Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back. Don’t you set down on the steps ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now— For I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, And life for me ain’t been no crystalstair.(CONTINUED)
EXPLICATION The poem ―Mother to Son‖ was written by Langston Hughes. The speaker in thepoem is a mother, and she is talking to her son. The theme of the poem is that life isn’teasy. The speaker says that ―life ain’t been no crystal stair.‖ She is comparing her life tosomething that is crystal because it is something that is perfect; whereas, her life has beenfar from perfect. This particular line was introduced as the second line and is placed at theend of the poem as the last line. The speaker talks about how her life has had tacks andsplinters in it. This is symbolic of how she has suffered hurts in her life. The mother alsotalks about how there have been places where the boards have been torn up. This is anindication that there have been some especially hard times in her life where there weren’teven any floor boards to walk across.
The speaker says she has still been climbing up the whole time, despite hercircumstances. She says that she has been ―reachin’ landin’s‖ and ―turnin’ corners.‖ She istelling her son that she has had some progress in her life, despite her problems. ―Turnin’corners‖ is a reference to this. The speaker then urges her son to never turn back. She istelling him to be strong and do what he has resolved to do. The mother also tells her sonnot to sit down on the steps of life and give up. The poem is also unique because of the language that it uses. It uses the kind oflanguage that the mother uses when she speaks to her son. There wasn’t any particularrhythm or rhyme scheme in the poem. Instead, descriptive images and evocative wordswere used.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;“THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”BY ROBERT FROSTThen took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wear,Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back.(CONTINUED)I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood,and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all thedifference.
EXPLICATION―The Road Not Taken‖ was written by Robert Frost. The speaker in the poem isthe author and he talks about a decision that needs to be made. The author tells thestory of how he needs to make this decision. He talks about two separate paths andhow he has to choose one of them. Both of the ways are equal to each otherbecause they are both worn the same, yet they both are also covered with leaves. Atfirst, the speaker says that one of them looks ―grassy and wanted wear.‖ It gives theimpression that this a path or decision that hasn’t been taken as much. The speakeris conflicted, and is not sure which path to travel.
In the poem, the reference to the poems is symbolic of the paths and decisions in lifethat we have to choose. Like the speaker in the poem, we sometimes can’t decide. Thepaths and the decisions that they symbolize are the themes in this particular poem. The rhyme scheme in ―The Road Not Taken‖ is ABAAB. The rhyme in the poem isstrong and fits it nicely. The speaker does end up choosing one of the paths. Although, atthe same time, he is telling himself that he will take the other path on a different day. Thespeaker then went on to say that he does not think that he would ever go down that otherpath that he is talking about. In the end, the speaker says that he will tell people that hetook the road that was less-traveled.
Nature the gentlest mother is,Impatient of no child,The feeblest or the waywardest.Her admonition mildIn forest and the hillBy traveller be heard,Restraining rampant squirrelOr too impetuous bird.NATURE-THE GENTLEST MOTHERBY EMILY DICKINSONHow fair her conversationA summer afternoon,Her household her assembly;And when the sun go down,Her voice among the aislesIncite the timid prayerOf the minutest cricket,The most unworthy flower.
When all the children sleep,She turns as long awayAs will suffice to light her lamps,Then bending from the sky(CONTINUED)With infinite affectionAn infiniter care,Her golden finger on her lip,Wills silence everywhere.
EXPLICATIONThe poem ―Nature – the Gentlest Mother is‖ was written by EmilyDickinson. It was published posthumously in the year 1886. The poemtalks about how all of the living things in nature are taken care of bynature itself. The poem is using ―Mother Nature‖ to allude to the love ofa real mother. In the first stanza, the poem talks about how nature ispatient with all of her children; even the most awkward and waywardones. The main theme of this poem is nurture. In the same way, humanmothers are also gentle and patient with their children.
The author of this poem makes good use of imagery. The most obvious use ofimagery is the line “Nature – the Gentlest Mother is.” It is comparing the MotherNature in the poem with her caring ways to the fashion in which human motherscan act towards their offspring. A lot of personification is used in this poembecause of the many human traits that are given to nature. The line “Her Household, Her Assembly” is another example of imagery in thepoem. These lines could be referring to everything in the earth as a part of thehousehold or assembly. Members of this household could include plants or animals.The poem’s tone is positive because it is about love and caring.
The first two lines of the last stanza talk about ―infinite affection‖and ―infiniter care.‖ It is no mistake that the poem uses a word―infinite‖ to express how much the mother loves and cares for herchildren. The speaker is using these words and personifications togive a picture of just how much a mother loves her children.
Lord Jesus, Thou hast knownA mothers love and tender care:And Thou wilt hear, while for myownMother most dear I make thisbirthday prayer.A PRAYER FOR A MOT HER’S BIRT HD AYBY HENRY V AN D YKEProtect her life, I pray,Who gave the gift of life to me;And may she know, from day today,The deepening glow of Life thatcomes from Thee.
As once upon her breastFearless and well content I lay,So let her heart, on Thee at rest,Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.Her every wish fulfill;And even if Thou must refuseIn anything, let Thy wise willA comfort bring such as kind mothers use.(CONTINUED)Ah, hold her by the hand,As once her hand held mine;And though she may not understandLifes winding way, lead her in peace divine.I cannot pay my debtFor all the love that she has given;But Thou, loves Lord, wilt not forgetHer due reward,--bless her in earth andheaven.
EXPLICATION ―A Prayer for a Mother’s Birthday‖ is a beautiful prayer written in first person. Theauthor is the speaker in this poem. He is essentially praying a prayer of blessing over hismother’s life because it is her birthday. There are several deep meanings and references in this poem. The author prays aprayer of protection over his mother in the first line of the second stanza of the poem.He prays this prayer of protection over her life because of the gift of life that she gave tohim. A deeper and spiritual meaning is explored in the second and third lines of thesecond stanza when the speaker prays that she may know ―The deepening glow of lifethat comes from thee.‖ He is praying that she will experience the life that is given to herbecause of Christ.
In the third stanza, the author talks about how he once restedcontentedly upon his mother. He prays that her heart will rest in Jesus andbe content and fearless as he was when his mother held him. In the fifthstanza, the speaker goes on to pray that her hand will be held as his handwas when she held it. The imagery in this poem was very good because ithelped me to paint a picture in my head of the things that werementioned in this prayer. The rhyme scheme for the poem was ABAB forall of the stanzas except the last one.
ODE TO RAIN ANDMEMORIESThe rain is gently falling, Its drops bring life and healing The warm drops massage my tired body and bring back feeling, I used to stand there and feel the rain until I heard my mother calling, I didn’t want to leave, so I’d stand there stalling. As a child, the rain was so very appealing After it was done, the sun shone with a rainbow revealingThose days are so worth recalling.
We were just little children in those days, Oh, how we loved to dream of foreign lands and places, We’d have fun playing in the rain or soaking up the sun’s rays, Then we’d set a goal and run races In my memories, all that is good stays, I will never forget our innocent and happy faces.
DEDICATION I have included ―Ode to Rain and Memories‖ because I thought thatyou would enjoy reading this poem about how the other kids and I usedto play when we were little. Writing it brought back the memory ofrunning out in the rain and splashing around in puddles until you called usin. Reading it probably reminds you of what the younger kids do now;how they are the ones who do this very thing. I included it in thiscollection because I thought that you would enjoy both the memory ofthis and the way the poem is structured.
HOPE It is like a tiny spark, It starts small, but grows bigger. On us, it leaves its mark. Soon it is a roaring, raging fire, It cannot be put out. It is what pushes us forward, It is our shield and sword. It is the weapon that helps us to fight, When things seem like they’ll never be right
It is the wind in our sails, It is what keeps our boats from turning over, It saves us when all else fails. It is small, but very mighty, It is faraway, yet close. It is hope.
DEDICATION I have included the poem ―Hope‖ in this collection because I thinkthat hope is a very important thing to have because it is what keeps usgoing. I like how it can start out as a very small spark and then grow into aflame. I also like how it can be a shield and sword that will help us tofight. I have included this poem because I thought that that you wouldappreciate the different ideas of what hope is in my poem. I think that itis a great reminder of what hope can do for us. I also thought that youwould enjoy the rhymes.
LITTLE SISTER Little sister, I remember the day you were born, You were just the cutest thing I’d ever seen, A full head of beautiful curls, Along with big brown eyes, intelligent and keen Your cheeks were rosy, And you were wrapped up in a soft blanket, snug and cozy. In an awed voice, I asked if I could hold you, You looked so tiny, so fragile, and so new.
I picked you up gently You felt so very light, But you were perfect and just right And now I’ve had the honor of watching you grow, The joy of watching you find your wings and fly, Your smiles are worth more than anything money can buy, And your laughter is the most joyous sound in the world Oh, the fun that you’ve brought! Little sis, you dance a lot, laugh a lot, and are loved a lot. And in my heart, you will always have a special spot.
DEDICATIONI have included ―Little Sister‖ because I thought that it was a poemthat you would enjoy. It is actually about my youngest sisters. I was oldenough to remember when they were born and to remember hearingabout it and what my reactions were. I also remember going to visit themin the hospital and how I felt when I held them. I thought that this was apoem that you would enjoy because it is a nice poem that might bringback sweet memories of holding them for the first time and what theylooked like.
Through it all, You’re my mother, Whether I’m happy, or not, The times when I act like a doll, And the times I yell at my brother The patience you have can’t bebought,THROUGH IT ALL You’ll put up with myprocrastinating, Even when I stay up all night And then become crankybecause of my eyesight Through it all, you’re mymother.
DEDICATIONI wrote the poem ―Through it All‖ because I wanted you to knowhow appreciative I am of the way that you are there for everything. Iwas inspired to write it because of the way that you are there for allof the things that happen. Whether I’m happy or not. Even when Istay up all night. Thanks for all your patience!
I know that you don’t havetime for yourself, Because you’re always busy You work hard enough to makeanyone dizzy You wash and you fold, You cook and you clean, You make sure we’re not cold.YOUR TIME A harder-working mother I’venever seen You’re strong and resilient, You can’t be bent You do everything for such alarge crew, Thank you so much foreverything you do.
DEDICATIONI wrote this for you and included it because I wanted to recognizeyou for all of your hard work and selflessness. It is true that you arealways busy and work hard enough to make anyone dizzy. Thanks forall of the many things that you have done and are doing. Thanks formeals you have cooked and all of the loads of laundry that you havestayed up to fold. Thanks for all that you do!
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