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Poem my Precious Rabbit

  1. 1. NishimuraAyaka NishimuraEnglish12 P.8Nov 14, 2010 My Precious Rabbit  by Ayaka Nishimura My mother bought me A milky white fluffy little rabbit For my birthday present. It was as cute as a teddy bear. Her eyes are red like cherries And her pink ears hang down to the floor Like she is always sad. I loved her at first sight. She shivered at the corner of her bed, A red little bed for her red little eyes Which my mom bought for her. I touched her gently As I touch a baby’s cheek, Soft like cotton and smooth like silk, White as snow or milk. So I named her ‘Milk’. We have one problem, Because Milk does not know That she is a rabbit. She thinks she is a people, no, A Princess. And we are her servants. ‘I’m hungry!’ ‘Clean my cage!’ ‘Let me out to play!’ 1
  2. 2. Nishimura We run to take care of our Sweet fluffy white Princess, Because I love my red-eyed Milk, My spoiled Milk, Because she’s mine, My lovely little treasure.Critical analysisStructure:This poem uses a free verse and has six stanzas with an irregular number of lines. Thereis no rhyme scheme and regular rhythm. Every line begins with capital letters. Manylines are run on to make it easy to read. There are exclamation points, “I’m hungry!”(23), “Clean my cage!” (24) and “Let me out to play!” ( 25) to show how demandingthe rabbit is. “A Princess” (21) on one line by itself gives a pause on these words foremphasizes that she alone is a princess.Imagery:The poem has sight imagery and touch imagery to illustrate the pet, rabbit. The rabbithas “milky white” (2) fur which shows that it she so clean and pure. Also, she has “red”(10) eyes and “pink” (6) ears which make a contrast with her white fur. There is a touchimagery which shows that the rabbit is “fluffy” (2), “soft” (13) and “smooth” (13) soshe is nice to touch. From this imagery, readers can imagine the rabbit clearly. Also,there is kinestethic imagery when “we run to take care of” (26) the rabbit. Thisillustrates how the speaker’s family are like “servants” (22) who hurry to make therabbit feel happy or satisfied. 2
  3. 3. NishimuraTone:The poem has exciting, careful/cherishing, demanding and loving tone. The speakershows the exciting tone when her mother bought her a rabbit and she “loved her [rabbit]at first sight”(8). There is careful/cherishing tone when the reader touches the rabbit“gently as I [she] touch a baby’s cheek” (12). She treats her rabbit like a treasure. Thepoem also has a demanding tone where the rabbit tries to tell her “servants” (22), theowners to give her foods or clean her cage. The poem uses positive sight and touchimagery, so the readers can know the speaker loves her rabbit very much and gets muchhappiness from her. Even though the speaker says that she is like “her servant” (22), sheis happy to serve her because she loves her rabbit.Other Stylistic Devices:The poem uses simile, alliteration, and metaphor and personification to describe therabbit. The rabbit is “as cute as a teddy bear” (4) and “soft like cotton and smooth likesilk” (14) which shows that she is not big and nice to hold because feeling is good. Hereyes are “red like cherries” (5) so they are sweet and bright eyes. Her color is “white assnow or milk” (14) which shows that she is pure and soft. There is a metaphor of therabbit is “a princess” (21) to show that she has high opinion of herself. The rabbitscannot speak, but her behavior shows that she has body language like people talking,such as ‘I’m hungry!’(23), ‘Clean my cage!’(24) and ‘Let me out to play!’(25). Thesepoetic devices vividly describe the rabbit’s colors, texture and character.Theme:The theme of this poem is pets bring happiness to their owners. The pets becomeimportant family member. By saying “we are [her] servants”(22) I show how important 3
  4. 4. Nishimurathe pet is to the family and the family to the pet. All the positive images and thespeaker’s love for the rabbit show that the rabbit equals happiness.Personal Reflection:My precious pet, Milk, has been the treasure of my life since the day she came to myhouse. Whenever I feel stressed, sad, or angry, I touch her and play with her. She has amagical power which can turn all the negative feelings to happy ones. Even though sheis a spoiled princess who always wants food, care, and love, I give everything to makeher satisfied since she always provides me with great happiness. I love my little whitecutie rabbit.Critical Analysis:Structure:The poem is a sonnet, so there are 14 lines of iambic pentameter. There is a rhymescheme that follows a pattern of ABABCDCDEFEFGG. There are three quatrainsABAB, CDCD and EFEF followed by rhyming couplet, GG.Imagery:The sonnet has sight and smell imagery to illustrate how the mistress is not beautiful.The mistress has no “red” (2) lip, “dun” (3) breasts, and no “red” (2) cheeks. Her breathreeks and her voice has no “pleasing sound” (10). All the images the speaker uses todescribe the compares mistress to a beauty, but the woman is the completely oppositewhich is not beautiful and attractive.Tone:The tone of the sonnet switches from mocking to romantic. The first ten stanzas have a 4
  5. 5. Nishimuramocking tone since they all explaining her negative and ugly appearances which is theopposite of love poets usually do. He implies other people are comparing to “goddess”(10), but in reality no one knows what the goddess looks like. So he is teasing themabout idealisms. At this point, the mocking tone changes to a tone of romance in thelast four lines. Even though the mistress is not a physically beautiful person, in thespeaker’s eyes, the unique woman is beautiful and he shows a strong love toward her.Other literary devices:There is simile, metaphor and irony to illustrate how the mistress is not beautiful. Hereyes are “nothing like the sun” (1) which is shining and beautiful, her hairs are “black wires” (3)which are stiff and coarse that does not feel good. There is no “roses see in her cheek” (5) means hercheeks do not have red color which make her look healthy and beautiful. Ironically, the speakerdescries his mistress in the way opposite what the reader expects. The reader expects him to say sheis beautiful, but he describes her as ugly. The reader is again surprised in the end because the speakershows his love toward his mistress.ThemeThe theme of the sonnet is that what is important is inside the person, not what theylook like. There is too much emphasis on beauty. Even though the mistress is not physically abeautiful person, the speaker thinks her attractive since she is unique and has a good heart.Personal reflection:The reason why I chose this sonnet is because exactly the same thing as the sonnetoften happens to me too when I like someone. I always like someone who others thinkhim as not attractive. I like this poem because I think the theme is very important forme and also for everybody in the world. It is always wrong to judge people only by their 5
  6. 6. Nishimuraappearance.  Critical AnalysisStructure:Since the poem is from a song, there is a refrain (chorus) which is repeated 3 times.There is and end rhyme, “feed” and “read” in the first verse and “warm” and “form” inthe second verse. The speaker repeats putting rhetorical questions and answers themimmediately after words three times.Imagery:There is imagery that illustrates how the family cares about the speaker. The readercan see that her family “gives me [her] my [her] food” (1), takes time “to sit to hear me[her]”, and “buys me [her] my [her] clothes” (2). Also the reader can hear her parent“reads my [her] school newsletters” (8) to her. All of these actions show that thespeaker’s family helps and cares about her.Tone:Throughout the poem, the speaker shows an appreciative tone. By telling what herfamily does for her and saying they are the people who are “important” (4) and “special”(6) to her, the speaker illustrates her thankfulness for all the care that her family givesto her. Additionally, there is a tone of insecurity which is like an inquisitive childasking for reassurance. The speaker knows the answer to the questions, but she wants 6
  7. 7. Nishimurato have confidence that her “special” and “important” family will take of her.Other Stylistic Devices:In the poem, the speaker uses chorus and rhetorical questions. In the chorus, speakerrepeats her feeling towards her family which conveys the idea that they are“important” and “special” to her. Also, there are many rhetorical questions throughoutthe poem which verify to her that there is no one else who “cares” (13) more about her,and is as “special” to her “than anyone else” (14).Theme:The theme of this poem is the importance of family. By questioning herself about theones who do all the things for her, the speaker realizes that they are her family. Alsoshe realizes how “special” and “important” they are and shows an appreciation towardher family. Additionally, the poem shows that the needs of the child changes. Thespeaker needs to receive “food” (1) in childhood; She needs her parents to “read schoolnewsletters” at the time to go school; and now she needs “care[s]” for preparing for herfuture when she will leave home.Personal Reflection:The reason why I chose this poem is because my family is the most special andimportant people to me. Even though they do not “buy me my clothes” (7) or “read myschool newsletters” (8) for me anymore, they still “give me food” and in their “spares 7
  8. 8. Nishimuratime sitting to hear me” (2). Most importantly, they treat me very special “more thananyone else” (14). Every time I have problems, they always help and support me. WhenI am thinking about my future, they think about it with me and provide me with thebest advice. Therefore, they are my special people who are always there for me.Critical AnalysisStructure:The poem has two stanzas and there is a rhyme scheme that is following a pattern of(AABBCC). There are six lines and two sentences in the first stanza, and four lines andtwo sentences in the second stanza. The first stanza is longer because speaker wants toemphasize how she and her friend were always together. Since the poem has no capitalletters, the speaker is may be a child, not an adult.Imagery:There is sight imagery when the speaker “was in tears”(5), the speaker and friend are“stuck together when we [they] were in fear”(6). This shows that they are always“supported” (5) by each other when they have negative feelings.Tone:In this poem, the tone shifts from thankful to confident. The first stanza shows a caringtone because speaker mentions about the friend’s “support [ing]”(5) her when she wassad and when she was in “fear”(6). However, tone shifts to confident in the second 8
  9. 9. Nishimurastanza when the speaker says that “miles away can’t keep us apart”(9). Because it showsthat speaker has confidence on the strong bond between her and friend.Other Stylistic Devices:In the poem, the speaker uses metaphor, personification and repetition. The word “gift”(2) in the second line is used to represent the friendship. Also, the speaker’s use ofpersonification, “miles away can’t keep us apart” (9), shows the strong bond offriendship between her and friend. Additionally, she repeats contrasting speaker’sfeelings, “good and bad”(3) and “happy and sad”(4) to show that she and friend werealways together, through good times and bad times.Theme:The theme for this poem is the strong bond of friendship. The speaker emphasizes thisat the end of the poem when she says “miles away can’t keep us apart”(9). There is astrong connection between the best friends who helped each other every time and sharedevery moment even they were happy or sad. Friendship is a treasure that lasts foreverand ever.Personal Reflection:This poem reminds me of my best friend who used to live in Thailand but is living inJapan now. When she was living here, I spent most of my time with her. We werealways together and supported each other even when we were sad, happy, angry or 9
  10. 10. Nishimuraworried. Now she is not living here, but still she is always there for me as she was doingwhen she was living here. Every time I have a problem, I call her and tell her everythingabout it since she is my best friend who I can trust more than anyone else. She alwayshelp me and make me feel relieved by listening kindly and giving me the best advice.Even though we do not live close anymore, there is no way to “keep us apart”(9). So Ican confidently say that our friendship will last forever. 10

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