English Poetry: Synopsis of Various Poems

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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. 2. 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. 3. 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

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