“The Sun is Burning Gases (Loss of a Friend)”
I was young when
17 was a number
Too high to count
The Sun was the miracle
That melted my crayons
Into bright wax rivers.
A golden-skinned princess lived there
Nightly in my mind,
When stars and moon
Were marginal; connect-the-dots,
Beyond the realms of man.
Now I’m 17
And even infinity is
A place I can define.
Man has touched the moon –
Now stretching to the stars.
I know the sun is burning gases
My princess long since turned to ashes.
The lyric poem is a poem that captures a moment of joy or sorrow or longing or some other keen emotion. These poems contain four elements: 1) express a single thought or mood
2) are intensely personal, revealing the poet’s own emotions 3) is brief and very compact, a closely knit structure
4) is essentially musical in rhythm and sound
JUXTAPOSITION: in poetry, the act of placing two images side by side that are in contrast to one another.
Theme of “The Sun is Burning Gases’: by appealing to the imagination, this poem symbolically _________________________________.
What ate some of the symbols used in the poem to illustrate this theme?
What images are juxtaposed? Give examples and explain how this is effective in emphasizing the theme of the poem.
“120 Miles North of Winnipeg”
by Dale Zieroth
My grandfather came here years ago,
family of eight. In the village,
nine miles away, they knew him as
the German and they were suspicious, being
already settled. Later he was
somewhat likes, still later
forgotten. In winter everything
went white as buffalo bones and
the underwear froze on the line
like corpses. Often the youngest
was sick. Still he never thought
of leaving. Spring was always greener
than he’d known and summer had
kid-high grass with sunsets big
as God. The wheat was thick,
the log house chinked and warm.
The little English he spoke...
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