Destroying of Traditions-Pharn

Alex Pharn
Ms. Nelson
English 3rd Period
February 3, 2012 
                                                                                                   Destroying of Traditions
What would the world be without tradition? In this poem, the unknown author is saying that the world is destroying tradition through religion, ignorance, and flaws of society. The author has a serious attitude towards his/her readers. The poet uses figurative language such as metaphors, and repetition.

People don’t believe in God anymore. In this quote from the poem, the poet says, “In a world where athiest soar you would think that God hated us more for making us poor.” People think God is to blame for making us poor but were doing this to ourselves. The poet uses rhyme to prove their point by using it in this quote, too: “In a world where athiest soar you would think that God hated us more for making us poor.”  The words soar, more, and poor are rhymes to strengthen the poem’s meaning.
Ignorance is a problem in our world. “Because men with criminal intentions claim the lord as their witness when hate is the real drug that supports their addiction.” The criminals are ignorant of what’s really going on in the world and instead use hate to fuel their actions. The poet uses a metaphor in this half quote “when hate is the real drug” to show hate spreads around and becomes addictive like a real drug.
People are disobeying the laws with no intentions. “Pass the grass as ashes fall to the asphalt and fault is passed off to the past flaws of society.” People are using drugs to pass time other than doing an activity that doesn’t involve the use of drugs. The poet uses repitition with the words pass, and grass to show the theme of destroying tradition.
Our current culture is destroying our old traditions of life. People nowadays use drugs, commit crimes, and are ignorant of the world. The author of this poem is trying to inform people about the problems of our society. Where will this lifestyle lead us to?


My papas waltz – Salinas

Adrian Salinas

Ms. Nelson

English Period 3

March 1, 2012

Theodore Roethke

            In the poem ‘‘ My Papa’s Waltz ” by Theodore Roethke, the poet uses figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and personification to creat the theme that is child abuse cannot be tolerated even if you are drunk.

Theodore Roethke was abused physically by his dad. He says “your breath can make a small boy dizzy” because his dad might have hit him and made him dizzy. He uses a metaphor in this because ehe is comparing the whiskey on his breath to the dizziness of the boy.

Theodore had a rough life as a child. He says “ My mother’s countenance could not unfrown itself ” because she did not like the fact that his dad was hitting him for no reason. In this part, he uses personification because he is saying the countenance is being used as a action of a human wich is the frown.

After Theodore’s beating he had to go to bed still holding on to his t-shirt. “ You waltz me off to bed still clinging to your shirt”. He was still getting beat even after he was done in the room. Waltzing off to bed means that his dad walbroken mirror 3ked him off to bed while getting beat.

See if your drinking irresponsibly you can possibly injure your child especially if you have an anger problem. So lets fight for the kids who are being abused physically or mentally especially if the person isn’t drunk.



Still I Rise-Cushing

Grace Cushing
Ms. Nelson
English 3 Period
February 27, 2012

“Still I Rise”  Theme

        Do you ever feel like your challenges are to much to overcome? In this poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, it shows her perseverance on rising above slavery and racism. The theme of this poem is beating horrific or challenging obstacles throughout life, and moving beyond them.

      The line “But still like dust I rise,” shows people that no matter what obstacles we are going through in life, we will never stop rising. This is a simile that compares the author, and dust; showing the reader that despite any and all challenges, no matter how difficult, you can overcome them. For this reason it shows the theme of perseverance.

      The second line, “Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines/ Diggin’ in my own backyard,” shows us that we should not allow people to see the pain that they inflict upon us. This simile compares the authors happiness, and gold mines in her own backyard. She uses this simile to describe that she is going to be happy under any circumstance, and shows the theme of rejoicement at any point in her life.

      The third and final line I will be discussing is, “You may cut me with your eyes,” which gives the message that some people are going to give you dirty and nasty looks in your lifetime. This idiom states someone’s  eyes as being weapons against the author. She uses this idiom to describe that the way some people look at you can be very hurtful. The theme of this line, is to not allow peoples negative thoughts and opinions to define who you are.

      All of these messages contribute to the theme of this poem, which is, with the right attitude you can overcome anything. This may be important to the reader because, the reader may have obstacles of their own in his or her life. The authors words may give them hope of overcoming their own.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Keel

Dante Keel

Ms. Nelson

Period 3

February 13, 2012

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In the poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings written by Maya Angelou, the poet uses personification, symbolism and metaphors to show how precious freedom is.

To begin, one example of personification can be found in stanza five. In the quote, “his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream.” It is saying that while the caged bird may seem joyous on the outside his true feelings aren’t the same as he is being seen. This quote is an example of personification because it says the shadow “shouts” when in reality shadows can’t shout. The writer is giving the shadow human like traits by stating this. As you can see, it contributes to the theme because it may seem like he’s enjoying himself but his shadow shows his true feelings of how he longs for freedom.

The author then goes on to use symbolism which is shown in the quote, “the free bird thinks of another breeze.” She is showing that the free bird has the freedom of choice, freedom of spirit and freedom of living life to its fullest. It is an example of symbolism because the free bird represents freedom while the air represents life. It contributes to the theme because it is showing how free people can do virtually whatever they want.

Last but not least the author uses a metaphor. In the quote “but a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams.”, she is saying that the caged bird’s dreams will never come true (the caged bird represents someone without freedom). It is an example of a metaphor because your dreams can’t actually be buried in a grave. The theme is shown here because she is talking about how the caged bird dreams of freedom but yet the dreams of freedom will forever be out of the caged birds reach.

The author uses the above examples of personification, symbolism and metaphors to show how important and meaningful freedom really is and how freedom should not be taken for granted.

“The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke – Arreola

Luis Arreola
Ms. Nelson
English 3 Period
February 13, 2012
                                                  “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke
In Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Soldier”, the author uses metaphors, similes, and assonance to create the theme about the experience in war; how terrible and how merciless it is.
First of all, Brooke uses a metaphor to compare different countries. In the following quote, the author illustrates a metaphor, “If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England”. From this quote, we can see how he compared his soul, England, and the enemy’s battlefield. As you can see, the theme is shown by this example because he is saying if he dies, his love for England is so strong, that a foreign field will become England.
Initially, the author again uses metaphors in the following quote, “In that rich earth a richer dust concealed”. This quote illustrates the idea that something may not seem valuable, but it is worth more than how it looks like. Clearly, the author made the choice to include a metaphor, so the readers could see that if he dies in a different land, that land will become rich with his soul. In other words, if he dies, the land he dies in becomes England.
First of all, the author uses similes to compare his country and emotions. Brooke uses a simile in the following quote to compare his country “Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter learnt of friends; and gentleness”. In this quote, he explains what life is like without war. This example of a simile is shown to compare the days without war.
Rupert Brooke probably decided to write this poem to explain his love for his country; he also wanted to express how his experience in war was. He also possibly wrote this because he thinks God will be impressed with his love for England.

The Mask- Randhawa

Manveer Randhawa

Ms. Nelson

English Period 3

The Mask…

In the poem “We Wear The Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the poet uses personification, rhythm and metaphors to create the theme that what is on the outside isn’t the same inside.

First of all, the author uses rhythm to start the poem and made a hook for  the reader. For example, in this quote, the author shows “We wear the mask that grins and lies/ it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.” From this quote, we can see it says that the mask we wear makes a face but hides what is under. And as you read the poem, you get hooked with the rhythm to read the rest. With this, it shows the message that you hide yourself outside, but the truth is inside. As you can see, this is completely hooking you with the rhythm to get the theme.

            To begin, one example of personification occurs in stanza two: “Why should the world be over wise, in counting all our tears and sighs?” In this quote, the poet says why should others care and give special care to us?  The poet uses personification to say  the world can’t count tears. So, the main message of the quote is to: do what you need to do alone; no one else needs to help you. Overall this supports the theme by using personification.

            Initially, the author uses metaphors to illustrate the theme by comparing. “We smile, but, O Christ our cries, to thee from tortured souls arise.” In this it is said  we are fine outside the mask, but inside, only we know what is there. And the poet compares souls to the inside.

            As a conclusion we can see that the theme of this poem is, Whatever is on the outside isn’t on the inside.

colors serrato

The color red is like blood

The white cloud sneezes

The green grass grows

The blue sea glows

The color purple is good jam

The black shadows in the dark

The orange fruit is sweet

The yellow sun is bright

The brown desk for work

The pink flower grows today

The gray sky moods the day

The violet paper is written on

The color gold is bright in rich

The ruby shoe shines color

The emerald rock is in value


I’ll always be beside you

Until the very end, wiping all your tears away’

Being your best friend. I’ll smile when you smile and

Feel all the pain you do, and if you cry a single tear,

I promise I’ll cry too

You are my best friend

You were from the start

Together we stand strong and we shall never part.

We found a friendship so powerful and true

That I know it’ll last forever

The days were so crazy…

That people thought we were high…

And days we were so bored…

We laughed so hard we cried!

All the inside jokes..

And saying “Remember when.”

Just some of the reasons we’ll always be best friends.

By:Lizeth Rodriguez


Dr. Maya Angelou 1928- perez

Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in Missouri,She was raised in St. Louis stamp,Arkansas.  Dr. Angelou had a love for the art and won a scholarship, she studied to dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor school. She later dropped out of school at the age of fourteen. She became the first San Francisco African-American female cable car conductor.  Later she gave birth to her son Guy at the age of sixteen. In the early and mid 50’s Angelou went to Europe to study modern dancing with Martha Graham.  In 1958 she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem writers guild.  In the 1964 she met Malcom X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

poetry essay-herron

DeAnjelo Herron
English 3 Period
February 13, 2012
      How do you think it is to be judged by the color of your skin or the way you look. Lots of people commit suicide over the simplest things.                                                                                                 

             In the poem “Ballad of the Landlord” by Langston Hughes the poet uses onomatopoeia, repetition and rhyme to create the theme of treat people the way you want to be treated 
            Langston Hughes poem, “The Ballad of the Landlord” describes very poignantly the pathetic living conditions of the blacks in New York’s Harlem in the 1930s.
The ballad is an imaginary conversation between a black tenant and his white landlord. The white landlord has been exploiting his black tenant for a very long time by not repairing the black tenant’s house – the roof leaks, and the steps are broken. When the black tenant insists that the white landlord should immediately repair the leaking roof and the broken stairs, he retorts that he will evict him from the house and that he will cut off the heating and throw out his furniture,
“What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?”
            In “Ballad of the Landlord,” Langston Hughes appropriates the traditional ballad form but uses it in a contemporary urban setting to relate a current and crushing social problem. This conjunction of traditional form and contemporary content lends further power to the poem’s cry for social justice. The poem contains nine ballad stanzas that, in traditional use of the form, would narrate a tale of a dramatic or romantic adventure. The story here, however, tells of protest and jail.
            “Ballad of the Landlord” was a phenomenal example of poverty. It touched points on poverty and racism. The poem showed rage and frustration, the deep emotions that tenants were feeling. It was hard for black people in poverty because they were black. “Man threatens landlord held no bail judge gives negro 90 days in county jail.”  I wonder if the tenet was white would they have this problem? The man wants better living conditions and the tenant just shuts him away. I could imagine how he felt, angry, unheard, and without power. This poem describes a confrontation between a black tenant, living probably in the ghetto of a big-city, USA, and his landlord. The tenant reminds the landlord of his maintenance problems, a leaky roof and broken steps. The landlord ignores the tenant’s problems and tells him his ten-dollar rent is due. This response angers the tenant, so he refuses to pay until the landlord fixes the house. Immediately, the landlord threatens to evict him, turn off the heat, and throw all his furniture into the street, if he doesn’t pay the rent. Feeling that one threat deserves another, the tenant also threatens the landlord with a punch to the lips to shut him up. The landlord calls the police because of the tenant’s threat. The media distorts this incident and portrays the poor tenant (and not the landlord) as the aggressor. The tenant is arrested and thrown to jail, without bail, for 90 days.    
            How do you think it is to be judged by the color of your skin or the way you look. Lots of people commit suicide over the simplest things.