Summary of Where I come from
Straws like tame lightnings lie about the grass
And hang zigzag on hedges. Green as glass
The water in the horse-trough shines.
Nine ducks go wobbling by in two straight lines.
A hen stares at nothing with one eye,
Then picks it up. Out of an empty sky
A swallow falls and, flickering through
The barn, dives up again into the dizzy blue.
I lie, not thinking, in the cool, soft grass,
Afraid of where a thought might take me -
This grasshopper with plated face
Unfolds his legs and finds himself in space.
Self under self, a pile of selves I stand
Threaded on time, and with metaphysic hand
Lift the farm like a lid and see
Farm within farm, and in the centre, me.
What objects can you find? Highlight them.
Where I Come From
Summary: This poem is about the poet meeting all sorts of different people in her life. She notes their background and the wonderful adventures that they have about they themselves travelling the world. She then contrasts it to the world that she grew up in before she met these people. She, living in a small rural area with little need for money and education, finds her life very different from those in the urban world.
Significant poetic devices and their significance (eg: Metaphors, symbols, rhyme scheme, form, imagery, repetition… etc)
1. Repetition on the word “smell”
a. The smell is the strongest memory sense. Therefore by utilising the sense of smell, it is easier to create a strong empathy link between the reader and the poet so that the reader will be able to relate with poet more easily to point out the vast difference between the urban and rural area.
b. There is a sense of irony and hypocrisy involved as the poet was educated about the power of smell in memory, yet she is using this to be able to make fun of the urban area and describe the failures that come along with it.
2. Free verse
a. Note that the whole