Poetry Analyzing for meaning and rhyme scheme
Fire and IceRobert Frost Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
1. The poem “Fire and Ice” is mainly about • how we should not hate each other. • how the world could end. • what humanity needs to do to avoid destruction. • how the elements of fire and ice have influenced the formation of the world.
2. Frost probably intends to equate which 2 elements in his poem? A. ice to destructive desire • fire to hatred • fire to destructive desire • ice to the human condition
There Will Come Soft RainsSara Teasdale There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, And the swallows circling with their shimmering sound; And frogs in the pools singing at night, And wild plum trees in tremulous white; Robins will wear their feathery fire, Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire; And not one will know of the war, not one Will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn Would scarcely know that we were gone.
3. Which line represents a “turning” in the mood of the poem? • “And wild plum trees in tremulous white;” • “Robins will wear their feathery fire,” • “And not one will know of the war, not one” • “And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn”
4. Which line contains the strongest example of alliteration? • “There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,” • “And frogs in the pools singing at night,” • “If mankind perished utterly;” • “And the swallows circling with their shimmering sound;”
5. What general idea do the poems share? A. man’s inhumanity to man • nature‘s indifference to man • the forgiveness of nature • the ultimate destruction of something big
Determine the rhyme scheme of the following poems:1. Nothing Gold Can Stay RobertFrost2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy EveningRobertFrost3. The Bat Theodore Roethke
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.
Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
The Bat By day the bat is cousin to the mouse. He likes the attic of an aging house. His fingers make a hat about its head. His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead. He loops in crazy figures half the night. Among the trees that face the corner light. But when he brushes up against a screen. We are afraid of what our eyes have seen: For something is amiss or out of place When mice with wings can wear a human face.
Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012 "For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury's death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age," President Obama said. "His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world. But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values.
There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
"He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career," director Steven Spielberg said. "He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal."