Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Dear Juniors,

STOP MISSING CLASS, cute kids. Visit with your friends about
what you missed in class!

1. We reviewed the poem "Ready to Kill" and discussed your interpretations of the piece; well done, my young friends. I appreciated those of you that expressed a different opinion to that of the poet, Carl Sandburg.

2. We then discussed two more poems, "Metaphors" and "To a Friend Whose Work has come to Triumph. " I have indicated those for you here. Please obtain the TPCASTT method for both from a friend.


I'm a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf's big with its yeasty rising.
Money's new-minted in this fat purse.
I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I've eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there's no getting off.

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wings on,
testing that strange little tug at his shoulder blade,
and think of that first flawless moment over the lawn
of the labyrinth. Think of the difference it made!
There below are the trees, as awkward as camels;
and here are the shocked starlings pumping past
and think of innocent Icarus who is doing quite well.
Larger than a sail, over the fog and the blast
of the plushy ocean, he goes. Admire his wings!
Feel the fire at his neck and see how casually
he glances up and is caught, wondrously tunneling
into that hot eye. Who cares that he fell back to the sea?
See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down
while his sensible daddy goes straight into town.


1. Please make sure that your memoir assignment is ready for Tuesday! Remember that you have to have the 2nd 1/3 of your book read by Tuesday, the 13th. I gave each student another copy of the yellow sheet to submit for Tuesday.

2. Your "Metaphor" poem is due on Thursday. The handout for this assignment was given to to each student in class. Please stop by and pick=up a handout, and then visit with a friend.