Poetry By: Hunter Boog
MY POEM The Animals By Josephine Jacobsen
THE ANIMALS At night, alone, the animals came and shone. The darkness whirled but silent shone the animals The lion the man the calf the eagle saying Sanctus which was and is and is to come. The sleeper watched the people at the waterless wilderness’ edge; The wilderness was made of granite, of thorn, of death, It was the goat which lightened the people praying. The goat went out with sin on its sunken head.
THE ANIMALS On the sleeper’s midnight and the smaller after hours From above below elsewhere there shone the animals Through the circular dark; the cock appeared in light Crying three times, for tears for tears for tears. High in the frozen tree the sparrow sat. At three o’clock The luminous thunder of its fall fractured the earth. The somber serpent looped its coils to write In scales the slow snake-music of the red ripe globe.
THE ANIMALS To the sleeper, alone, the animals came and shone, The darkness whirled but silent shone the animals. Just before dawn the dove flew out of the dark Flying with green in her beak; the dove also had come.
ABOUT THE POEM 5 Stazes 20 Lines
About the Author Josephine Jacobsen was born in Ontario, Canada and educated at Roland Park Country School by private tutors. She published her first poem at the age of ten in a children’s magazine and continued to publish poems, short stories, and literary criticism for the next eight decades. She received many honors, including an appointment as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, a position which allowed her to help many young writers. In her own poetry, Jacobsen uses animal and nature imagery to explore themes of identity, isolation, and the relationship between the physical and spiritual, all while reconciling her love of this world with the fact of death. Josephine Jacobsen 1908–2003 SHE DIED AT THE AGE OF 95
More About The Poem • This poem is About ANIMALS • They is no rhyme in this poem
Literary & Poetic Elements 1st • The poem as Imagery in it how I kwon this because in the poem Animals I can see the darkness like in the poem 1st stazes2nd line it says. I can imaging the darkness You can imaging the silent
Literary & Poetic Elements 2nd • The poem also as Symbolwhy I say it as Symbol is because symbol stands for an object or action that means more than its literally meaning. • The poem means something different it is deciding something that as to deal with a human. The wilderness was made of granite, of thorn, of death - I know that means something else-
Literary & Poetic Elements 3rd • Onomatopoeia: use of word(s) that imitate the sound it denotes. • This poem as it because they talk around sounds that I can here. In scales the slow snake-music of the red ripe globe You can hear that sound of the music
Literary Analysis • This poem is about morn then animals I thick that this poem stands for a different meaning The sleeper watched the people at the waterless wilderness’ edge • This poem is talking abount animals you can see the darkness you can see the animals sleeping you can hear the cry's of the animals
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