I am dedicating this project to myMother who has worked hard as asingle parent to raise me. I created thisproject as a way of looking back on mylife and seeing the lessons I’ve learned.
by Emily Brontë Tell me, tell me, smiling child, What the past is like to thee ? An Autumn evening soft and mild With a wind that sighs mournfully.’ Tell me, what is the present hour ? A green and flowery sprayWhere a young bird sits gathering its power To mount and fly away.’ And what is the future, happy one ? A sea beneath a cloudless sun ; A mighty, glorious, dazzling sea Stretching into infinity.’
Past, present, future is a classic poem written by Emily Bronte. The poem is athree stanza poem with an ABAB rhyming scheme. The poem has aphilosophical feel to it by the way it makes one consider the three differentaspects of their life. The poem’s speaker is talking to a small child asking himabout his past, present, and future. In the first line of the poem the speakerrefers to the child as smiling child which sets the image of someone talking to ahappy child. When the speaker asks the child of his past, he first response with“An Autumn evening soft and mild” which gives the reader a sense that thechild has had a peaceful life so far, but the child also adds the phrase “With awind that sighs mournfully” which also give the reader a sense that within thechild’s peaceful past he has also suffered through hard times. In the secondstanza of this poem the speakers asks the child about his life in the present day,the child answers by telling of a young bird that is about to fly away. Thisanswer seems to represent a child who has grown up and is about to leavehome and begin his own life. In the last stanza the speaker asks the child abouthis future and the child response with “a sea beneath a cloudless sun, a mighty,glorious, dazzling sea, stretching into infinity” this answer seems to give theidea that the child see a bright future ahead of him with many possibilities.
I chose this poem because I felt that I could relate to the life described by thechild in this poem. While growing up I went through many hard times withmy family but I had just as many peaceful times in my life as well. As for mypresent day life I really do feel like the young bird about to fly away since thisis my graduating year and soon I’ll be going off to college, and even though Idon’t know what the future has in store for me I know that there are manypossibilities waiting for me.
by Emily Brontë No coward soul is mine,No trembler in the worlds storm-troubled sphere: I see Heavens glories shine, And faith shines equal, arming me from fear. O God within my breast, Almighty, ever-present Deity! Life - that in me has rest, As I - undying Life - have power in thee! Vain are the thousand creeds That move mens hearts: unutterably vain; Worthless as withered weeds, Or idlest froth amid the boundless main, To waken doubt in one Holding so fast by thine infinity; So surely anchored on The steadfast rock of immortality.
With wide-embracing love Thy spirit animates eternal years, Pervades and broods above,Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears. Though earth and man were gone, And suns and universes ceased to be, And thou were left alone, Every existence would exist in thee. There is not room for Death, Nor atom that his might could render void: Thou - thou art Being and Breath, And what thou art may never be destroyed.
Last lines is a poem written by Emily Bronte. The poem is comprised of sevenstanzas with four lines in each of the stanzas. The poem has an ABAB rhymingscheme. The speaker of this poem talks about their faith in god and thestrength that they receive from him. In the first stanza of the poem the speakerstates that their faith shines equal to that of heaven’s glory, arming them fromfear. This statement gives the reader a sense of great faith, but also greatstrength as well. The speaker explains that their strength comes from God whois the strongest of all by comparing God to strong imagery in the poem such asa rock. The overall theme of the poem seems to be reflective on how importantfaith can be to someone.
To Mercy Pity Peace and Love, All pray in their distress: And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy Pity Peace and Love, Is God our father dear: And Mercy Pity Peace and Love, Is Man his child and care. For Mercy has a human heart Pity, a human face:And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress. Then every man of every clime, That prays in his distress, Prays to the human form divine Love Mercy Pity Peace.And all must love the human form, In heathen, turk or jew. Where Mercy, Love & Pity dwell, There God is dwelling too.
The Divine Image was written by William Blake in 1794. The Divine Image is afive stanza poem with four lines in each stanza. The poem has lines two andfour rhyming in each stanza giving the poem and ABCB rhyme scheme. Thespeaker tells that mercy, pity, peace, and love represent “God our father dear”and that mercy, pity, peace, and love also represents “Man His child and care”.The speaker uses human features such as the heart, face, human form divineand human dress to show how mercy, pity, peace, and love can representmankind. The speaker of this poem tells that every man prays to the humanform divine no matter who they are, where they are from, or what religion theybelieve in, they respect Mercy, pity, peace, and love, which means they respectGod to.
By William Blake Tyger ! Tyger ! Burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry ? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes ? On what wings dare he aspire ? What the hand dare sieze the fire ? And what shoulder, & what art,Could twist the sinews of thy heart ? And when thy heart began to beat,What dread hand? & what dread feet ? What the hammer, what the chain ? In what furnace was thy brain ? What the anvil, what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp ?
When the stars threw down their spears, And waterd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see ?De he who made the Lamb make thee ? Tyger ! Tyger ! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry ?
Tyger was published in 1974 by William Blake. The poem has six, four linestanzas with rhyming couplets. The overall tone of the poem seems a little darksince the Speaker uses such harsh metaphors to describe a tiger. The Speaker ofthis poem is speaking to a tiger, asking it what Spiritual being created it. TheSpeaker uses fearsome imagery when asking his questions that give the readeran image of a terrifying monster created in a dark scary place, examples of thisimagery would be “Burnt the fire of thine eyes” and “what the anvil, whatdread grasp did its deadly terrors clasp”. The poem seems to emphasize on thetiger being a powerful and fearsome beast but it also can represent howpowerful God must be in order to create such a mighty animal. This is anotherpoem with a philosophical feel based on the questions asked about who couldhave possibly created the powerful tiger.
Little Fly,Thy summers play Then am IMy thoughtless hand A happy fly, Has brushd away. If I live Or if I die. Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me? For I dance, And drink, & sing;Till some blind handShall brush my wing. If thought is lifeAnd strength & breath, And the want Of thought is death;
The Fly is a 1794 poem written by William Blake. The poem contains fivestanzas with four lines in each of the stanzas. The poem has line two and fourrhyming giving it an ABCB rhyming scheme. Like many of William Blake’spoems, The Fly uses a simple every day situation and examines it for a bigmeaning which gives it that philosophical theme. The speaker in the poemstarts off by brushing off a fly without giving it much thought at first but thenhe start to think of how he can relate to the fly. The speaker tells how we ashumans go about our everyday lives dancing, drinking, and singing untilsomeone’s hand may brush us away. So in the end are we more importantthan a fly? The title of this poem holds a lot of importance, based on thequestion the poem asks, are we more important than a fly the mostinsignificant insect of them all.
Under this blue sky, A small storm rages, But only over I,So I must stay calm for all the ages. No matter the pain, No matter the ache, There’s much to be gained, From all this heartache.
Under this blue sky was written based on a hard work ethic that Ilearned from my mother. I included this poem to show that bywatching my mother I have learned to work hard and never give up.The first part of the poem talks about hard times in someone’s life byreferring to it as a raging storm, but even when things get rough andno matter how hard the situation may be you have to stay strong andhave faith that everything will work out in the end. This is a workethic that I value and will continue to follow for the rest of my life.
I am one only, The only child, I was the first, And the last. I am one only, But never lonely,For I know I have a family,That loves the one and only.
I was born and raised an only child, and even though there weretimes I though having a sibling would have been nice it neverreally bothered me that I was an only child. I included this poembecause I wanted to show that even if you are an only childhaving a family that is always there for you and that supportsyou, makes being an only child not that bad. Sometime being anonly child was hard growing up because you don’t have thatbrother or sister to talk to but I was lucky enough to find a friendthat has become close enough to call family. In the end evenwithout a brother or sister I know that I will always have familythat I can count on.
To think of my life so far, How far have I come, I’ve traveled a long road, In such a short time. Looking back at my past,I’ve had good times and bad, Many were happy and sad,But all in all it’s been a blast.
My life so far was written to represent my past. Just as many people doI’ve gone through hard times in my life while growing up, and eventhough I’ve gone through many hard times I’ve learned a lot fromthem, which has made me stronger and helped prepare me for myfuture. I would never want to relive any of the hard times I wentthrough, but I can honestly say that I don’t regret going through any ofit because in the end everything always seemed to work out for thebetter.
Calm and quite at the present, Time passing at a crawl,Thats how life feels in this minute,Getting ready for the future brawl. I’ll rest in joy for now, Till tomorrow comes, I don’t know what will be, So I’ll take it as it comes.
Present Day is a short poem that shows how I view my life right now.It feels like a large part of my life is over now that I’ll be graduatingsoon, while if feels like just yesterday I was starting school. In the pastlife has felt a little crazy trying to get ready for the future and lookingforward things can seem a little scary, but in this moment that I’mliving right now it feels like things are calm and that I can handlewhatever might come next.
Looking forward to my life ahead, The road looks long and hard, But I’ll be ready no matter what,For my life thus far has made me ready. So many paths to take, So many possibilities, My life thus far has made me ready, For whatever lays ahead.
What Lays Ahead is simply a poem about what my future may hold forme. I don’t know exactly what might happen in my life next, but I believethat my past experiences have made me ready to handle anything thatmight come next in my life. I know things are not going to be easy, in factI know things are going to be very hard, but I believe things will alwayswork out as long as I have faith and never give up, and most importantlyI know that I have family and friends that will be there to help me andsupport me when I need it most.