This poem is dedicated to my mother,Dear Mother,Even thought we don’t have the best relationship, there are still manythings I must thank you for. And although we don’t have a goodrelationship I don’t want you to think I don’t appreciate those things.Although there is not much sentiment between us, I thought I might digdeep to create this project for you.Sincerely, Chawn
Messy Room by Shel SilversteinWhosever room this is should be ashamed!His underwear is hanging on the lamp.His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.His workbook is wedged in the window,His sweaters been thrown on the floor.His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.His books are all jammed in the closet,His vest has been left in the hall.A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.Whosever room this is should be ashamed!Donald or Robert or Willie or--Huh? You say its mine? Oh, dear,I knew it looked familiar!
Messy Room was written by Shel Silverstein, Published in 1981 . This poem uses a lotof imagery to describe the scene of a chaotic room or as you would say a room thatlooks like a “ Tornado went through it.” His imagery helps to visualize the degustingsights that he is viewing. “His underwear is hanging on the lamp. His raincoat is therein the overstuffed chair…” Here Silverstein finds the perfect words and images todescribe clothes being out of place. Although a bit drastic, these line describe myroom to a certain extent. Silverstein knew that this poem would relate to many. Hishyperbole makes it more entertaining for the reader.Silverstein uses an appalled tone while describing the images of the room. “Whoseverroom this is should be ashamed!” This represents how much we view the mistakes ofothers more than our own mistakes. We can very easily turn up our noses at otherpeople. By Silverstein using this hypercritical tone, he shines light on how one caneasily criticize although he knows he is not any better.Rhyming appears to not be persistent in this poem and can be easily ignoredconsidering that the meter runs along smoothly. But he was clever. Every odd linedoes not rhyme, while the evens lines do match. The rhyme scheme of the first twelvelines is ABCBDEFEGHIH, then the rhyme stops at the thirteenth line.I don’t think I need to mention why I added this poem, but I thought this “ MessyRoom” by Shel Silverstein is a nice humors poem based on a topic that you witnessevery day. Silverstone focused on capturing his audience with his images andfocusing on the majority of people who have been hypercritical and who have a messyroom. He manages to tackle two subjects, by only directly discussing one.
No!- Chawn ChristianMa can I please go?It’s only a one night show.I’ll be home real soon.I go out every once in the blue moon.For heaven’s sake you’ve made my bed time noon.So can I please go and playWith Jonny, Ricky, Lu and Bobby Flay?I promise you I won’t fall preyTo that creepy guy you saw the other day.So ma can I please goYa know I’ll be the best kid thereDo something wrong?I wouldn’t dare.
To come back and hear you yell?I may as well spend a life sentence in jail.I know you won’t post bail.Cause here I belongCause I went alongWith the kids who were doing everything wrongBut Ma ya know that won’t be meYou’re trust I hold to a high degreeSo please MaWon’t you let me freeThis here’s my final plea….What’s that I hear?I can go?Oh never mindit was just a big fat…NO!
This poem is just a bit of humor about true circumstances. It makes light ofhow often you and many other parents often say and have to say no totheir children.I thought you might find it funny. in the second stanza I say, “Once in the blue moon.” I added this in because it is a favorite saying ofyours. I also added in a bit of hyperbole by saying, “For heaven’s sakeyou’ve made my bed time noon.” To show how drastic of resistants andconstraints you sometimes show. When I say, “I promise you I won’t fallprey, To that creepy guy you saw the other day.” I am poking fun at thealertness you show towards everyone around. I am sure you notice, but if Iam or we are going out you will often say, “ You better watch out for thatman…” and sometimes I’ll respond in a, “ What… what are you talkingabout, I saw no such person” manner.I also mention how you know that I will be the best kid there, because I amvery respectful to others. This leads to me saying, “Do something wrong? Iwouldn’t dare. To come back and hear you yell?” I am poking fun at the factthat I know if you hear that I have done the slightest thing that may not bewrong, but you don’ like, I’ve just set my self up for what may as well be alife sentence. “I know you won’t post bail. Cause here I belong. Cause I wentalong. With the kids who were doing everything wrong.” I know you won’tshow sympathy, and that is “Just what I get.” The end expresses howsometimes I have hope for a yes, but it’s a “ Yeah right” and a quick no.
The Road Not Taken by Robert FrostTwo 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;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because 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 way,I doubted if I should ever come back.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 the difference.
Robert Frost lived 1874–1963. “ Road not taken” was published in a group of poems called the “Mountain Interval” in 1920.Robert Frost uses Iambic Pentameter to stress certain syllables of his poem toincrease its meaning and flow. Iambic Pentameter is when a line can be broken infive parts containing two syllables each. Iambic Pentameter is a somewhat hard ruleto follow that takes a bit of “Line studying” to make sure one strictly follows the ruleas Frost has. His poem is broken into four stanzas. This was also strategically planedto increase the flow and meaning of is poem. The four stanzas contain five lineseach follow an ABABA rhyme scheme.This poem is often comprehended has two roads or paths of life that one mustfollow. “Though as for that the passing there ,Had worn them really about thesame, and both that morning equally lay, In leaves no step had trodden black.” theselines hint that both roads are equally worn, but at the end he returns to the thoughtsaying, “I took the one less traveled by,” convincing himself that road he chose wasthe better one. He will not be sure which was better, because as he describes he willprobably not have a choice to go back and take the other road.Frost describes this dilemma that many must face with the imagery of a fork in road.This sets him up for describing himself has a traveler in the journey of life. He doesnot directly say which road is better or worse, but it is a choice in life that one musttake. “I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh” thetraveler knows that once he makes his decision he can not change it. One can graspthe idea that in this imagery Frost is saying, for better or for worse, once you chooseto follow a certain path in life, you most likely will not have the opportunity tochange it.
Society- Chawn ChristianYou all ways told me don’t give into societyIt was always against your upmost pietyYou always say I think you’re wrongAnd I always feel like I want to belongBut the truth is I’ve always understoodAnd I always knew it was for my own goodAlthough you really take it over the topAnd somethings I wish you just dropIt isn’t the over protectiveness that makes me madBecause I’ve never really wanted to follow the fadSo now I’ll say…This poem’s about me and what I’ll becomeBecause of what you did when I was young.
This poem is about the things I have heard you say and will follow even though youthink I hate them. This is me saying once again that you are incorrect and I do notthink you are completely wrong for not letting be a “normal” kid. Even though wedon‟t have the best relationship I still appreciate some of the things you have done.I don‟t always want to “fit in”. If I wanted to fit in or follow the fad, I can tell you Iwouldn‟t be me. I am sure most teens think my behavior is a bit wacky. Yes you doreally take it over the top to un-healthy levels, I have grown perfectly around this.So now that I am older and very sarcastic and you think I want to be a “ Punkrocker, messed up skate boarder” and I walk around calling everyone, “ Dude” I amstill usually the best kid in the room 70% of the time.In simplicity this poem describes how even though we don‟t connect so greatly, youare still apart of the reason I am the person I am today for better or for worse, andhope to become the person I want to be. “You all ways told me don‟t give intosociety It was always against your upmost piety”, I wrote these lines to expresshow you always tell me how the majority of society is sinful which is why I shouldn‟tfollow its ways. Now I can see that following the crowd will not do me any good.
Ode to the strong- ChristianOde to the strong who never looked downYou never let yourself drownUnder the sea of the world’s societyYou never gave into the anxietyFrom the sticks and stonesThat never broke your bonesOr crushed your soulsYou never let them steal your faithNever overtaken by the wraithOf the never ending pastYour voice will never be glassed… again.It is only until you are at the height of fright that one can ever bestrongThat one can ever sing his songAnd not go alongWith popular choiceSo here’s to forever strongN e v e r t o b e a f f e c t e d by the massive throng.
I wrote “Ode to the strong “because I feel as though it resembles the person youwant me to be. Some where I think the direction was lost, but none the less youmade me see why being like everyone else is not something I want.You can see that I wrote negative words, mostly “never,” to express a positivemeaning. “Under the sea of the world’s society, You never gave into the anxiety”this is a more interesting way of putting, “ to the ways of the world, you never gavein” or “ You never broke under peer pressure.” These lines resemble the way youhave raised me not to go along with everyone else.I interrupt the flow of the poem by saying, “Your voice will never be glassed… again”And I continue to build from this line. It means although she will not always bestrong, she will gain strength over time. Even thought she may make a mistake shewill not continue making those mistakes.“It is only until you are at the height of fright that one can ever be strong” I read aline similar to this one in a fable. Fear encourages strength. I know that the peoplethat have looked down on you , teased you, harassed you have molded you intowho you are today.
.I know why the caged bird sings by Maya AngelouA free bird leaps on the backOf the wind and floats downstreamTill the current ends and dips his wingIn the orange suns raysAnd dares to claim the sky.But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cageCan seldom see through his bars of rageHis wings are clipped and his feet are tiedSo he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird sings with a fearful trillOf things unknown but longed for stillAnd his tune is heard on the distant hill forThe caged bird sings of freedom.The free bird thinks of another breezeAnd the trade winds soft throughThe sighing treesAnd the fat worms waiting on a dawn-brightLawn and he names the sky his own.But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreamsHis shadow shouts on a nightmare screamHis wings are clipped and his feet are tiedSo he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird sings withA fearful trill of things unknownBut longed for still and hisTune is heard on the distant hillFor the caged bird sings of freedom.
Angelou’s use of what might be called indirect metaphors creates more meaning tothe poem, because by doing this she found a connections between her life and thelife of a Caged bird. The poem is also the connection of not just Angelou, but theminority races. The poem in simplicity is a metaphor consisting of two birds. Onebirds is free and allowed to live life as it pleases while the other is trapped andrestrained and not allowed to flourish. “But a bird that stalks down his narrow cagecan seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied.”This imagery is her describing how she is unable to express her full potential. Herwings have been clipped, the people around her have taken away her rights andfreedom. “For the caged bird sings of freedom” this final line expresses how there is aplea, longing, and want of freedom and equality that the minority races pray for.The first four stanzas are based in comparing a caged bird and a free bird. Each getsits own stanzas to describe it’s luxuries or struggles. By doing this Angelou allows youto fully think of the differences and injustices taking place. The final two stanzasfocus on how even though the caged bird is tortured he still has a voice to cry out.I know why the cage bird sings was written in 1969. Angelou was experiencing racismfirst hand. She viewed how her friends were discriminated upon. This poem is areflection of her life and experiences with her differences in society. By writing thispoem Angelou is singing, expressing the hope that her wishes will be delivered, andaddressing the problems she wishes will be no more.
Animals- ChristianYou know there’s nothing more I love than animals.You’ve always found it a bit strangeAnd wished that I acted a bit normalBut the truth is I’ll never changeAnything else just wouldn’t be formalFor a girl who knows what a pangolin is.Birds, reptiles, mammalsYou’ll try them all on your dinner plateit’s the one thing that I hateAnd I’ll tell straight“Animals are my love”Humans are fineBut they’re less kindAnimals are the way to go,but what about the world?You’ll just sit back while the pollutants growAnd I’ll never know why you don’t careSame interest we’ll never shareYou’ll send a prayerI’ll watch the hareHow about a new Recycling bin?I think we should really give it a spin.As long as it’s not made of animal skin.
This was meant to be another humors poem about how you and I have differentviews. “You know there’s nothing more I love than animals. Youve always found ita bit strange” this describes how you have always thought that my love of animalsis a little wacky, and so do other “normal” people.The second stanza is focusing on how although I love animals and do not eatthem, you love them just the same when you are planning on eating them. Peoplearound me often joke about how they love animals… on their plates so I thought Iwould mention this.In the thirds stanza I say animals are my love; humans are fine, but they are lessking. This reflects of how you often criticizes me about how I favor animals overhumansIn the fourth stanza I interrupt the animal theme then focus on the world becauseit is another topic you do not understand about me. “You’ll send a prayerI’ll watch the hare” this means that while you are reading your bible, I will befocusing on an animal encyclopedia.The final stanza is me adding in some serious humor about that recycling bin I’vebeen suggesting.I know this poem will probably will make you, “ Shake your head” and that is why Iadded it.
. Does my… upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like Ive gotdiamonds At the meeting of mythighs?Out of the huts of historysshameI riseUp from a past thats rooted inpainI riseIm a black ocean, leaping andwide,Welling and swelling I bear inthe tide.Leaving behind nights of terrorand fearI riseInto a daybreak thatswondrously clearI riseBringing the gifts that myancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope ofthe slave.I riseI riseI rise.You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, Ill rise.Does my sassiness upset you?Why are you beset with gloom?Cause I walk like Ive got oil wellsPumping in my living room.Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high,Still Ill rise.Did you want to see me broken?Bowed head and lowered eyes?Shoulders falling down like teardrops.Weakened by my soulful cries.Does my haughtiness offend you?Dont you take it awful hardCause I laugh like Ive got gold minesDiggin in my own back yard.You may shoot me with your words,You may cut me with your eyes,You may kill me with your hatefulness,But still, like air, Ill rise.Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
This is yet another poem by Angelou that shows her strength even though shehas been put down many times. Still I rise was published in 1978.She uses rhyme and repetitive phases in her poem to increase the meaningof her power and victory. She describes how her and her race have beenoppressed, but still they manage to rise. Again in this poem she does notdirectly address the subject matter. "You may write me down in history withyour bitter, twisted lies,” one can immediately infer that she may be referringto a person. As you read on she says, “Up from a past thats rooted in pain Irise” by now you can probably tell she is referring to race, this line describeshow her people have a sad past, but one they will not let keep them down.Her similes are key to this poem. They not only help to represent heroppression and victory they also work with the imagery. “Shoulders fallingdown like teardrops” and “„Cause I laugh like Ive got gold mines” are primeexamples of how Angelou uses similes to show her emotions in an uprightproud manner. These create pictures of low and sad images to rich andproud images. She creates a voice of confidence because she has risen. Bysaying still I rise, it creates an idea of the feature and how soon she and herpeople will no longer be oppressed.Angelou uses questions to begin stanzas two, four, five and six. There is areference to “You” and the reader is forced to follow along with the poem in
A Friend like an Oak tree.I wonder how you stand so tall, dear oak treeEverything around you seems so smallBut it is not thy massive heightOr that I cannot hug you tight, with fingers claspDear oak tree you don’t fade away like friends of the pastMy fathers and forefathers have dwelled in your companyAnd although you are so vastNever have you made me feel meager.In your presences I am eager to learn your storiesBut secrets of the past dwellers, you will never shareA true friend you areTaking such good care of your friendsAs you carry them in your arms,And protect them for the scorchA true friend indeed dear oak treeContinue spreading such glee.
I wrote A Friend Like an Oak Tree because I think it resembles the kind offriend you want me to have. “Dear oak tree you don’t fade away like friends ofthe past” this is saying that friends are not usually there for the long hall, buta true friend is. “Never have you made me feel meager” as a true friend theoak tree never makes it’s friends feel less than. You always say, “ Don’t try tomake someone feel less than you” so I thought this line resembled yoursaying.“In your presences I am eager to learn your stories but secrets of the pastdwellers, you will never share” this is saying true friends don’t gossip. You tellme, “ Don’t get a friend who is going to talk about you the moment you getup.” Secrets, a true friend will never share.I combined your teachings about true friends, with an object that resemblestrength and longevity. You will travel through life through thick and thin witha true friend. A true friend will be good, one that cares for and protects you.The long arms of an oak tree resemble how a friend will reach out there armsto help you. These are characteristics you have taught me.
Hector the Collector- Shel SilversteinHector the CollectorCollected bits of string,Collected dolls with broken headsAnd rusty bells that would not ring. Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,Twists of wires, worn-out tires,Paper bags and broken bricks.Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,Gatlin guns that wouldnt shoot,Leaky boasts that wouldnt floatAnd stopped-up horns that wouldnt toot. Butter knives that had no handles,Copper keys that fit no locksRings that were too small for fingers,Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.Worn-out belts that had no buckles,Lectric trains that had no tracks,Airplane models, broken bottles,Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.Hector the CollectorLoved these things with all his soul--Loved them more then shining diamonds,Loved them more then glistenin gold.Hector called to all the people,"Come and share my treasure trunk!"And all the silly sightless peopleCame and looked ... and called it junk.
Hector the Collector is a poem included in one of Shel Silverstein’s books, Where theside walk ends, published in 1974. This poem is meant to grasp the attention of youngreaders. Therefore Silverstein is forced to choose a subject and words that childrenwill be intrigued by. He does this with absurdity and imagery.Each line in Hector the Collector ends with a noun. Usually the noun is an objectHector has collected or it is in relation to the object Hector has collected. This meansthat in each line of the first three stanzas the readers learns of an item Hector iscollecting. This encourages the reader to continue reading to find out what otherwacky items Hector Collects.Hectors rhyme is not consistent ,this encourages the reader to read faster, but alsomakes the poem’s flow less steady. Although it may not seem so at first there is a goodconnection with the uneasy flow to the theme. Without the constant rhyme thereader is more aware of how odd and different the objects are that Hector collects.Because the objects have little to do with each other a child or any other reader wouldfind bouncing from bricks to shoelaces very strange. You can not get too comfortablereading the poem until the final stanza so the “wonder” decreases a bit just in time forthe final climax, “Junk.”Silverstein also creates imagery by describing what the objects could not do, “Gatlinguns that wouldnt shoot, Leaky boasts that wouldnt float” you begin to think ofthese items and an instant thought of uselessness occurs. The absurdity increases.Silverstein makes you want to agree with the people who call it “Junk” by adding thein the negative words. It is tactical way to persuade the thoughts of his audience.
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