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-Ideas relating to an aspect of journey
-Evidence-quotes from the text shows the idea/s
- Identify techniques in each quote
-Explain the effect of each technique ( why was is used? Link to idea) Detailed Paragraph explaining a key idea about the journey in this text and the techniques used to express this. Structure your paragraph like this: (each point makes up a sentence in your paragraph) -Topic sentence: state the idea in 1 sentence. Do not refer to the text yet -Explanation sentence: 1-2 sentences, explain what this idea means/provide more detail about it. (Do not refer to the text yet) -Evidence: provide a quote, identify technique/s explain effect (link to the idea) -Repeat evidence for at least 1 more quote and technique.

-Concluding sentence: sum up main idea/repeat your topic sentence in a new way

1. http://www.panhala.net/archive/the_journey.html
TITLE: Journey
COMPOSER: Mary Oliver
TEXT TYPE: Poem
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One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Having read the poem quickly through once, I would suggest that its meaning is quite simple. Mary Oliver's simply expressing the significance of the individual on the individual's life. Though other "voices" (peers) may attempt to influence the course of your life, it is you, the individual who follows that path. The journey is your own.

Distinctively, the poem is also revealing another journey- that of belief in one's self: "as you left their voices behind, / the stars began to burn / through the sheets of clouds, / and there was a new voice / which you slowly / recognized as your own." The best advice is your own: your instincts.

Life is An ongoing Journey that all people must undergo. Mary Oliver causes the reader to fully experience the lifelong struggle of finding her/himself. Ultimately the common goal in this poem, and in our lives, is to show one�s need to find his/herself through the countless obstacles in our way. The idea that this poem is ongoing and lacking stanza breaks can implicitly illustrate the notion that life itself is ongoing without �breaks�. The view that through good and bad (obstacles), we all must go on is represented in lines 10-12,

�Mend my life!�
each voice cried.
But you didn�t stop.

Oliver is explaining to the reader that although we will discover many hardships in life, we must move on and continue our personal journey as seen in line 12, �But you didn�t stop�. The lack of stanza breaks also causes the reader to move more quickly through the poem. He/she is �pulled� through the poetry because many of the sentences are short and contain only three to four words. Another cause of �pulling� through the work is that many sentences are cut off and continued on the next line. Oliver is doing this to get an intense feeling across to the reader, the feeling of urgency and the definitive need to reach that final goal of life�s journey. The idea of urgency can be seen in lines 1-4: One day you finally knew

What you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting.

The feeling previously mentioned of...
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