To Mary; The best grandma everBy Amanda IsenbergerDedication My GrandmotherMy Grandmother is sweeter than the sweetest smelling flower, And her kindness rises above the very tallest tower. Even though shes old in age, her beauty is immense, And when you feel invisible, she shows you your importance. She thinks of others before herself, and goes out of her way to be kind. She never boasts or complains, and she keeps an open mind. I love my Grandma very much because shes been so kind to me, She needs to understand that she makes many people in her life, very happy. -Amanda IsenbergerDedication Dear Grandma, You are my muse for this project because youre so amazing, and you dont realize it. I want you to know that when the times were so tough, and I felt like there was no hope, you were the one thing that kept me going. You helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you aided me in realizing that everything was going to be okay.Youre so thoughtful in everything you do, and I just wanted to say thank you. I couldnt have asked for a better person to be called my Grandma. I love you. Love, Amanda.
A Poison Tree (1)A Poison TreeI was angry with my friend:I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe:I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears,Night and morning with my tears;And I sunned it with smiles,And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,Till it bore an apple bright.And my foe beheld it shine.And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stoleWhen the night had veiled the pole;In the morning glad I seeMy foe outstretched beneath the tree.
Explication of A Poison Tree A Poison Tree by William Blake is a very powerful poem that describes what happens when you let anger seep into your thoughts and corrupt your actions. At a first glance, I thought the speaker was William Blake, and that he was telling a story about how his wrath had helped him get rid of his enemy. However, as I slowly started to peel back the poems thick layers, I discovered something much deeper. The speaker metaphorically compares his anger to a seed. When he was angry with a friend, he didnt want to plant the seed. But when he was angry with his foe, he not only planted the seed, but nourished it until it was a thriving plant. The plant bore fruit, and since it was fed with evil, the fruit was poisonous. The foe, thinking that the speaker was his friend, and that the apple would do him no harm, ate from his poison tree, and was found dead underneath it the next morning. The speaker was pleased that his foe had fallen into his deceptive trap, and that he had rid himself of his enemy. William Blake wanted the speaker to represent God, and his terrible foe represented Adam and Eve. The poison tree that grew and bore toxic fruit was supposed to represent the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil from the Garden of Eden. It seems as if William Blake feels God falsely led Adam and Eve to believe that he was their friend, and the tempted them to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. The tone of A Poison Tree is satisfaction. The speakers satisfied with his work, and he shows no remorse for what hes done. Blake is basically saying that Gods heart was hardened against Adam and Eve, and that he was pleased when they disobeyed him. The thing that hit me the hardest in the poem is the main theme. The theme is the power of anger. I always thought that we were ruled by our emotions, anger being the most powerful and dictating emotion. But in actuality, anger has no supremacy over you. You choose to give anger all the power it has, and thats the reason why I chose this poem. Ive always had a hard time with controlling my anger at certain times, and this poem made me realize that anger has no power over you; you choose to give it power.
The Lion and The Lamb (1) The Lion and the LambIt came in like a lamb,Its warmth and beauty on high. It brought beautiful flowers and cloudless skies, It brought rainless days, and blooming trees. It brought magnificent and amazing memories. Then one day, everything changed. It grew grey and dark and cold. Theres now frost on the beautiful flowers, And the warmth was replaced with ice. The rain and fog has been thick for awhile, The sorrow on my heart has grown. I thought the days of summer were fast approaching, But now I see the truth. I was fooled by the Lamb, And now, Im face to face with the Lion.
Explication of the lion and the Lamb This poem is about the month of Marchs phrase, It goes in like a lion, and comes out like a lamb; or it goes in like a lamb, and comes out like a lion. In this poem, March came in like a lamb, and the speaker was fooled by it. He was so happy that the days were warm, and the skies were cloudless, that he forgot that the rainy, frosty, and dreary days were approaching faster and faster. However, in the end of the poem, the speaker realizes his terrible mistake, and his heart grows weary because he was looking forward to enjoying the warm, comfortable days of spring very much. I chose this poem for you because I remembered that when you read this poem, you really enjoyed it. I wanted it to be dedicated it you, so that if youre ever deceived by the Lamb, youll know that you werent the only one.
A Dream (2)A DreamIn visions of the dark nightI have dreamed of joy departed-But a waking dream of life and lightHath left me broken-hearted.
Ah! what is not a dream by dayTo him whose eyes are castOn things around him with a rayTurned back upon the past?
That holy dream- that holy dream,While all the world were chiding,Hath cheered me as a lovely beamA lonely spirit guiding.
What though that light, thro' storm and night,So trembled from afar-What could there be more purely brightIn Truth's day-star?
Edgar Allan Poe
Explication of A DreamThe Poem A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe is a very descriptive poem about how reality is sometimes darker than the blackest night. For the speaker of the poem, reality doesnt seem to have treated him kindly. In the first stanza, he says, In visions of the dark night, I have dreamed of joy departed, but awaking dream of life and light, hath left me broken hearted. This stanza explains why the speaker feels the way he does. He states that everything that brought him joy has left him, so he may possibly be talking about a lover. He also says, hath left me broken-hearted, which could also back up the idea of his joy being a lost love. The tone of this poem is sadness and depression. The speaker seems to feel as if the only way he can escape the darkness of his reality is to thrive in his dreams. This is ironic, because dreaming requires you to be asleep, and you sleep best in the darkness. The line, On things around him with a ray, turned back upon the past, alludes that the speaker is longing for another life, a life that he perhaps found in the past; a life that he let slip out of his grasp. I wanted to share this poem with you, not because I think youre depressed, but because I think that in some point in our lives, we want to just slip away from reality, and flourish in a dream. However, we know we cant do that because the truth is, theres no escaping reality. There was a point in time where I wanted to slip away and feel sorry for myself, but you made me pick myself back up, and Im forever grateful to you for helping me back on my feet.
Then It all Begins (2)Then it all BeginsI stand there pawing at the dirt, Behind the cold, steel starting gate. The dust is thick, the tensions high, Snorts and kicking ring down the line. Inhaling deep, my nostrils flaring, I see my breath, but I dont feel the cold. Im dead set on winning, But I cant help fear what this race will hold. The trumpets blast, the crowd lets out a magnificent roar,Any second now, well be set free from behind the barring steel door. My riders calm, soothing voice whispers in my ear, I dont know what hes saying, but I feel our vital bond. Theres no more time to think, I know were starting soon, I hear the boom, the clank of the gate, and the thundering hooves. And then it all begins.
Explication of Then It all beginsThe poem Then it all Begins is a very unusual poem in the fact that the speaker is a horse. The speaker is describing an intense horse race that hes partaking in. He is very afraid of what the race will hold, yet hes ready to participate in the race and have it over with. The speaker talks about his connection with his rider, and how his soothing words help calm his nerves. However, the soothing words dont completely calm his nerves, because tension keeps building during the poem. The outcome of the race is left to the mind of the reader, which gives the poem a sense of mystery. I chose this poem for you because I know how much you love horse races. I think that most people dont think about how the horse feels during the anticipating races, so this poem is a breath of fresh air.
Annabel Lee (3)Annabel LeeIt was many and many a year ago,In a kingdom by the sea,That a maiden there lived whom you may knowBy the name of ANNABEL LEE;And this maiden she lived with no other thoughtThan to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,In this kingdom by the sea;But we loved with a love that was more than love-I and my Annabel Lee;With a love that the winged seraphs of heavenCoveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,In this kingdom by the sea,A wind blew out of a cloud, chillingMy beautiful Annabel Lee;So that her highborn kinsman cameAnd bore her away from me,To shut her up in a sepulchreIn this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,Went envying her and me-Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,In this kingdom by the sea)That the wind came out of the cloud by night,Chilling and killing my Annabel L