English Poetry Essay
Linage 1. The image I get of the speakers grandmothers were that they were strong women and were very hard working. 2. In line 10 I think the speaker means that her grandmothers don’t cuss or talk down on others. 3. The end makes me think that the speaker of the poem lacks confidence. It made the poem become somewhat sad. Reflection: the poem was interesting, I couldn’t relate to it. It was short and I liked that. The speaker seems like she has issues with self-esteem. The Courage That My Mother Had 1. The image I get from I got was that her mother was a very strong and courageous person and the speaker wants to be the same way 2.
Do Not Have To Do. 3. The mixed blessing that the daughter received from her mother is that she left her a golden brooch, the daughter wishes her mother would have left her with more. Not an object but the courage like a rock. 4. The speakers in “Linage” and “The Courage That My Mother Had” have in common that they don’t feel like they’re as great as their ancestors. The similarities in both poems about the grandmothers and the mother are that they are both looked up to by a granddaughter and a daughter. 5. If the poems were written about grandfathers and fathers instead, I don’t think it would change too much.
Just that as men, it would be expected for them to be courageous and strong. 6. I look up to my ancestors just the same way the speakers in the poems do. 7. I think I am just as courageous as my ancestors. We grew up in different eras and go through different things but we handle certain things the same way, with courage. Reflection: Just like the other poem, I think the speaker has self-esteem issues. Maybe the speakers in both poems need more confidence. My Papa’s Waltz 1. I don’t really know what’s going on in the poem, it was hard to comprehend. I think maybe the child I dancing with her drunk father. . The fathers’ behavior made me think he was drunk. 3. I think the boy might be a little scared or excited, he probably doesn’t want to drop anything or hit anything because his dad is “romping” him around. Reflection: I didn’t like this poem. It was difficult to understand. The poem was confusing and the dad seemed drunk. Grape Sherbet 1. The setting I visualized was a happy memory for a child of her father, towards the end it got a little sad. 2. The speakers’ reactions as a child are different from what they might be now because as a child you might not understand much of what your parent is saying. . The father bothered because he wanted to bring back memories to his daughter. 4. Do Not Have To Do. 5. I think the speakers of the two poems share a different feeling toward their fathers. One seems happier and the other seems more sad and disappointed. 6. I think the word victim is too harsh to describe the boy’s part in the waltz. The speaker didn’t seem to make himself a victim. 7. The portraits of the two fathers in the poems don’t really compare to the image of my father. Reflection: The poem was too long.
I don’t think it makes sense for the people in the poem to make ice cream in the morning. I couldn’t really understand what the poem was about. Theme for English B 1. Some of the things the speaker likes are to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. 2. The speaker is a young man (22 yrs. ) and has moved to a couple different schools, he is proud to be a colored man. 3. I think the poem is true to the sense the instructor meant, because he tells the class to write “and let the page come out of you. ” The writer of the poem was true to himself and let the instructor know he is proud to be colored. 4.
I don’t agree that the speaker and the instructor are a part of each other because if it weren’t for the class then they probably wouldn’t even know each other existed. Reflection: I though this poem was good. It was an interesting poem that told a story. This poem is relatable. The Writer 1. The writer is a good poem, the daughter of the speaker is writing a story about her life and the narrator wishes her a lucky passage. 2. I think the narrator is reminded of the starling because it was in the same room as the daughter was. 3. I think the stanzas do help to organize the poem. It helps you understand better. 4. Don’t have to do. 5.
I think “the writer” and “the artist” are similar in the sense that they are both doing something that they have done before and trying to do their best at it. 6. I think all three creative processes resemble my own; I have a little bit of each in my writing. Reflection: This poem was way to long. The daughter seems distant from her parents and the poem makes me think the daughter has some issues because the speaker says “her life I great cargo, and some of it heavy” The Sharks 1. The picture the speaker as a young woman. She probably doesn’t really get out of her comfort zone that’s why it’s the first time she dared to swim out of her depth.
She didn’t seem very happy to see the sharks, she didn’t think that they came so close (6 ft. deep water) 2. When the speaker sees the sharks she gets scared and questions if it’s the same sea and if they can still play in it. 3. I don’t know if the sharks are evil but the speaker does say in the beginning that the fins came in innocent and later says they are sinister. Reflection: I like the poem but I think sharks aren’t bad. Maybe the girl is just exaggerating. I don’t think this poem is true because I don’t think sharks don’t really go so close to the shore. A Narrow Fellow in the Grass 1.
The speaker gives the impression of maybe being fearful of the snake. 2. The clues that helped figure out that the narrow fellow is a snake are when the speaker says “the grass divides as with a comb” because when a snake slithers through the grass it divides. 3. I think the speaker is scared because he says his breathing tightens. 4. This was the first time meeting the snake, he has met several of nature’s people before but it was his first meeting the narrow fellow. 5. Don’t need to do. 6. I don’t think any poem presents a positive view of the animal, it seems like both speakers are scared. 7.
If the speaker had encountered the sharks at noon, she probably would be less scared because she would be able to go back and see them if they were coming. If the boy had encountered the snake at night he might have been even more scared than he already was, he would’ve probably ran. 8. Didn’t make a chart of responses to animals. Reflection: I couldn’t really tell if the speaker was scared to happy to see the snake because it was his first time. The poem wasn’t really relatable. A Voice 1. When the mother goes to the state capitol to give her speech she got nervous and felt out of place that she faked hoarseness and did not speak. . The mother felt self conscious about giving her speech at the state capitol because she looked around and realized she was the only Mexican in the auditorium. 3. The daughter credits her mom’s failure as a success because she learned to speak up and probably got encouragement to speak up and not be self-conscious. 4. I interpret the statement that her mother’s breath “moves through the family like the wind moves through the trees” as the mothers failure is something the family learned from and its passed down through generation. Reflection: this poem isn’t relatable because my mom didn’t have to make a speech at the state capitol.
My family does have certain things that they do because of certain family members mistakes. The Journey 1. The “you” in this poem saves itself. 2. The “you” in this poem must run away from the voices of other crying for help in order to find her own voice because she can’t help others if she can’t help herself, It’s like the blind leading the blind. 3. Do not have to do 4. The “you” made the right decision by putting herself first because she needs time to find herself then she can help others. 5. The personal qualities being raised in “the journey” are self worth and remembering that the most important person to help first is yourself.
The qualities in “a voice” are similar because the speaker didn’t think of herself at the time she was to read her speech and she gave up on herself. 6. I don’t think the thee would change if the speaker was like the speaker in “A voice” 7. Running away is not the most courageous response to difficult situation because that’s just giving up. It shows more maturity if you accept the past, learn new things, and own up to your mistakes. Reflection: this poem is the most relatable of all because I feel you do have to put yourself before others. In the end the only person you have is yourself so you should be in a good state of mind.