“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.


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.

“We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar – Rodriguez

Lizeth Rodriguez

Ms. Nelson

English 3 Period

February 13,2012

In the poem “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Paul uses metaphors and personification to create the theme that we smile when we are actually sad to show no one what we feel.
Paul wrote the poem ” We Wear the Mask.  ” “We wear the mask that grins and lies, it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes” Paul wrote this in his poem.  Paul is saying that we fake smiles that won’t show what we are really feeling. We hide our real feelings with a mask of happiness. We just hide from our true feelings.
In Paul’s poem “We Wear the Mask,” he uses very good words to describe us.  “With torn and bleeding hearts we smile” is one of the sentences from his poem.  What Paul is trying to say is even though we are sad we just fake a smile so no one knows what we really feel. We just smile even though we are actually sad.
Paul, throughout the poem, is saying that we hide our feelings with a smile. “Why should the world be overwise,  in counting all our tears and sighs?” Paul says in his poem. Paul is saying that why should everyone see us cry and be sad. We should at times be sad but also happy.
We should just not hide with a smile. Like Paul says in his poem ” Beneath our feet, and long the mile; But let the world dream otherwise, we wear the mask!” In other words let the people just see us cry as we wear our smile. We should just show what we are really feeling not just fake what we really want to feel. We should just be happy when we want to and also be sad whenever we want.

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”-Sharma

Shalvena Sharma


Period 3

February 13, 2012

                                                                                         “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”

      Life – living, growing and producing more of the same kind. The word I mark the most is “living.” My definition of life is having fun, adventure, discoveries and to learn. Have you ever heard of a person named Maya Angelou? Well, she is the poet who wrote the mysterious poem I’ am going to narrate about. In the poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou the poet uses symbolism, metaphors and mood to show us that you should live your life or you will regret it.

When I realized that Maya Angelou used symbolism as a way to show us the theme of the poem, I was a little shocked. The quote, “His wings are clipped and his feet are tied. So he opens his throat to sing,” is showing us that the caged bird is like a prisoner in jail and just like a prisoner in jail, the caged bird is hoping for freedom. The message I pulled out from this quote was that there is always something to do even if you don’t think so. The poet used this example of symbolism to show us what a caged bird is representing and the difficulties it has to face.

The caged bird is a prisoner in jail. Do you think this is a regular sentence or a type of figurative language?  If you answered figurative language then you are correct. It is a metaphor, which is the most used figurative language in this poem so far. In the quote, “A free bird leaps on the back/ Of the wind and floats downstream/ Till the current ends and dips his wing/ In the orange suns rays/ And dares to claim the sky,” is stating how free bird is living it’s life, while the caged bird can’t even sing without a “fearful trill.” The message that came to mind was enjoy life as you have it. The theme is clearly demonstrated here because it is trying to compare the life of a free bird and a caged bird, and show how different their lives are.

The poet uses mood to display the theme by creating the feelings of sadness, desperation and loneliness in the following quotes: “But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams/His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream.” Don’t these two lines give you a creepy, horror film feeling? It does to me, but a sad, desperate and lonely feeling too. I mean it sounds like even the caged bird’s shadow wants to be free and flying. From this quote we can see the pain that the caged bird is receiving by seeing others having fun without him. Imagine you as a diabetic and someone right in front of you eating a double, chocolate layer cake. How would you feel?

So I state again, the poet uses symbolism, metaphors and mood to show us a mysterious poem that is at once sad, but still exciting. The message of each quote gave me an idea of what the theme is. Would you live your life-like a free bird or a caged bird? I’ m not saying go sky- diving anytime you want, I’m just saying there has to be at least a bit of fun in life. So if you don’t live your life the only thing you’ll do is regret.

“Dreams” by Langston Hughes – Torres

Jose Torres

Ms. Nelson

English 3 Period

February 13, 2012

                                                                                                       “Dreams” by Langston Hughes

Have you ever wondered why poets use literary devices in there poems? In the poem “dream” by Langston Hughes,Langsthon uses metaphors, personification and idioms. Hughes used the literary devices to get to the theme “keep aiming for your dreams.”
 In the line ” Life is a broken winged bird”, Hughes used a metaphor. What he meant is that life I pointless without dreams. What helped to get to the point was birds are meant to fly with a broken wing it issues hopeless. Hughes expressed the thought using metaphors. 
   Hughes also showed idioms in his poem. The line “, hold fast to dreams” Hughes wrote included idioms. The idiom means; keep believing on your dreams. Dreams slip away when not cared for. Hughes used idioms to make the line more entertaining.
    He also used personification in the line ” for if dreams die”. The line ” for if dreams die” is a personification because dreams never dies. What Hughes meant is that dreams fade if you give up on them. Hughes used personification to pinpoint the theme.
    The importance of the theme is you shouldn’t give up on your goals just because you come upon a disaster. You should always keep trying until you reach your goal.The poet used the literary devices to get to the theme ;that “keep aiming for your dreams.”

“Dream Deferred”-A Stopped Dream-Elkin

Terence Elkin
Ms. Nelson
English 3 Period
February 12, 2012
                                                                                                  “Dream Deferred” – A Stopped Dream
       “What happens to a dream deferred?” Never let go of your dreams.  They can come around only once and never be seen again.  They can also become a problem in your life if you don’t fix them or if you let them go of them.  In the poem “Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, the poet uses similes, simple meanings, and short lines to create the theme that dreams can become lost or become a problem in your life when they’re deferred or let go.
      Dreams become bad when they are deferred.  “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” A dream deferred fades away or it dries up to become bad like raisins do when you leave them in the sun. If you let go of a dream it can go bad and you wouldn’t want it anymore but if you kept it you would always remember it.  The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to raisins in the sun, which dry up.
         Dreams stink when they’re deferred. “Does it stink like rotten meat?”   A dream deferred stinks and smells or isn’t good like rotten meat.  If you let go of a dream it can stink so it wouldn’t be any use to you but if you kept it then it wouldn’t smell and it would still have value in your life.  The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to rotten meat, which stinks.
        Dreams sag when they’re deferred.  “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.” A dream deferred sags and droops like a heavy load.  If you let go of a dream it can droop which is another way of becoming bad and it can cause problems when you lose the dream.  The author uses a simile to compare a dream deferred to a heavy load, which sags.
       Never let go of your dreams because they can dry up, stink, or sag meaning they can go bad and fade away or become problems in your life.  If you want to keep your dreams alive and with you, then don’t let go of them or stop thinking about them.  If you do you will forget about them and you won’t have them anymore.

Shall I compare Thee to a Summer Day- Serrato

Miguel Serrato
English 3 Period
February 13,2012
                                             Shall I compare Thee to a Summer Day
    William Shakespeare uses metaphors, alliteration and rhyme scheme to describe his poem. For example,in the metaphor is compares two things someone and summer day. Then in the alliteration it uses the words fair from fair. Then the rhyme scheme is shade to fade in a summer.William Shakespeare used metaphors ,rhyme scheme and alliteration to create the theme theme is nature is more than it seems.
  First of all,the author uses metaphors. In the following quote, the author illustrates someone and a summer day.From this quote,we can see that he like someone that beautiful to the summer day.The author uses this example of a metaphor to show how great this person must be.The author use metaphors to say that u look like a summer day.
  Initially,the author uses alliteration to illustrate fair from fair like someone one that not fair.For example,in this quote,the author shows alliteration with someone that unfair. This quote illustrates the idea that author meant to do was something else. Clearly,the author made the choice to use alliteration to help the reader have a better idea of the poem. The author uses alliteration to see how far from someone he loves.
  To begin,one example of rhyme scheme occurs in stanza one. In the following quote,the author illustrates the shade and fade in a day of may.From this quote,we can see that in summer day will fade in the shade. As you can see,the theme is shown by this example of a rhyme scheme. The had use a rhyme scheme to help gets the reader attention.
William Shakespeare uses three or more figurative language example metaphor,alliteration and rhyme scheme for this poem. For metaphor he compare two things a person and a bright summer day. Then alliteration he use it for where is that person from where, Then rhyme scheme for how a summer day turn dark and the end of the day. the author use metaphors,alliteration and rhyme scheme to give the readers a good poem.