National Poetry Month Post

This post is for those who have already been listening to and reading poetry for several years. This post is for people who already have favorite poems. This post is for people who like poetry already and are comfortable with it. If this describes you, then you might be ready for some of the grammar of poetry, the mechanics or building blocks.

Look for figures of speech in the poems you’ve read this week. Keep your eyes open for figures of speech in other readings.

POetry Terms and Definitions

Metaphor and Simile, also here: try to notice any other examples of the use of simile in other reading.
Create some similes of your own.

Rhyme Scheme: (note: I have only looked at the actual page in question. I have not explored the sites, and cannot guarantee the content. Websites change, domain names become available and sometimes unsavory sorts deliberately buy a previously safe website for nefarious purposes. Please check them out first, and notify me privately if any of these websites become objectionable).

Learn rhyme scheme with nursery rhymes!

If you just need to read another explanation of rhyme scheme or pattern, try reading about the sixth paragraph down on this page

This page has a discussion of slant rhyme using Emily Dickenson’s poetry

Bookmark this website; you may want it again!

Keep a copybook and write down examples of metaphor, simile, and other examples of the things you’re learning about as come across them in your reading.

This is a useful website for learning more about the figurative language of poetry.

Learn about meter, or scansion.

A review of Grammar of POetry by Matt Whitling.

You can teach children to read a poem, note the metre and then write their own poem using the same metre without getting technical. My father taught me how to do that when I was in the fourth grade in the hospital with pneuomonia and bored stiff. He didn’t teach me the technical names, just taught me how to count the number of beats and syllables in a poem and figure out the rhyme scheme. He had me put a long dash over each long syllable, a dot over the short syllables. Thereafter, I entertained myself by writing my own parodies of poems by putting my own syllables in place of the original poem. Later I was able to do this with popular songs. My ability to write parodies of popular songs which ridiculed my teachers gave me quite a boost in popularity when I was in Junior High, but that’s another story

I compiled the above a couple years ago, but I think you could combine this with Carmon’s recent “Fun Poetry Lesson With Carmon” over at Buried Treasure Books (which you do have bookmarked already, right? Yes, I thought so.)

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Positive developments

Found at Blogs for Terri:

Today, attorneys on both sides agreed Magouirk’s brother and sister, A.B. McLeod, 64, of Anniston, Ala., and Lonnie Ruth Mullinax, 74, of Birmingham, will be allowed to visit their sister during regular visiting hours at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center in Birmingham, where she is receiving treatment for an aortic dissection.

Moreover, Jack Kirby, attorney for McLeod and Mullinax, told WorldNetDaily that under terms of the agreement, his clients will be allowed to talk directly to Magouirk’s doctors about her condition, as opposed to having such information “filtered through third parties.”

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A Unique Opportunity

Joe, over at Evangelical Outpost, offers The Gallery as a weekly feature on his blog. You’ll want to click on that link first and read through his post and the comments.

The Headmistress is pleased to note that Modern Art and the Death of a Culture is cited frequently.

Now go look at a recent Gallery sampling by James Janknegt, “St. John Reconsiders Modern Epistemology.”

Don’t read the comments yet- wait until you’ve looked at the work carefully adn developed some thoughts of your own (and, presumably, at least some of you have looked up ‘epistemology’).

Now read the comments- slowly. Think about them. Compare what you are reading to what you see. Keep reading.

Did anything you read change your thinking? Alter your understanding? Give you something else to think about?

Common Room Scholars might drop a line to Evangelical Outpost and perhaps one of the commentors, thanking them for their contributions to your education. You’ll see which commentor I mean when you’ve read the whole thread.

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Naming a Baby, Scratching a Rash

Have you ever tried to name a baby a really special, unique, unusual name? You look through the baby books and you think long and hard about all the names you’ve ever heard of. You discard the ones you hear all the time- you don’t want something common. You finally pick out a solidly out of date name, one you haven’t heard anybody using since your great-grandfather’s time, maybe. You bestow this name upon your offspring, a beautiful, special, uniquely personal name- sparkling, shiny, practically unused.

And then you find that *everybody* suddenly thought of that name this year. Instead of standing out in the crowd, your baby will be one of about twenty others with the same name in his first grade Sunday School class of twenty-two students.

I don’t know how it happens. It just does. It’s like these names just float about in the universe and all of a sudden they coalesce into something definite and impose themselves on the general consciousness. Nobody has thought of this name for years, and now, the same year your child is born, everybody thinks of it (and often think of it wrong, giving a boy name to their girls).

It’s weird the way people just sometimes all start thinking the same thing, isn’t it?

Kind of like this morning when I was reading my morning news and commentary, and suddenly realized that I am really sick, tired, and totally irritated by Republicans dragging their feet, caving in and letting the MSM and the Democrats set the terms of every single discussion. Are they a majority or are they mice? “A pox* upon them,” I thought, “why do we keep voting for them?”

* Not an oozy pox. That would be gross. Just a nice, rashy, itchy pox** that won’t go away but chafes and annoys, kind of like the way Republicans make me feel lately.

**I’ve had a rash on my hand just like this for about a year now. I’m allergic to dishsoap and shampoo and body soap and cleansers of all sorts, and I just barely keep this rash at bay by the use of gloves and special lotions and avoiding the dishes and being careful about the soaps I use- but it’s always there, under the surface, skulking at the edge of consciousness, and everyonce in a while I can’t stand it anymore and I just scratch that hand until… well, never mind, that would be gross. But the Republicans are acting like that rash in full flare and I want them to stop *being* the rash and to start acting like they are going to do something *about* the rash.

Just a moment or two after I realized how intensely irritated I am by the lack of action on the Republican side on just about everything (Delay, Social Security, Bolton, Judicial nominations, Schiavo…), I read this:

…there is rising anger among Republican activists and donors with the perceived dithering on judges in the Senate. It has been five months since the sweeping wins of November and three months since the Senate convened. But only one of the filibustered appeals court nominees has even cleared committee –a second might do so today–…

…the GOP is in real danger of alienating a significant slice of its activist base…

…If the GOP loses or refuses the battle over the filibuster, it will lose the 2006 Senate elections, a set of contests it could actually win if the base thought there was any point to winning elections….

Yes!! Hugh has his finger on the pulse, again.

And then later Hugh posted this:

Senator Santorum began the program today, and the news was as bad as it gets. Do you have the votes to end the filibuster? “We’re working on it.” When will the vote occur? “Within a couple of months.” Radioblogger will have a full transcript soon.

As soon as that phrase hit the airwaves the e-mail avalanche began and the angry calls have not let up. The Senate GOP is destroying itself, and it does not appear to be aware of the fact. They think they are losing a public relations war with the media elite when in fact they are losing something far more critical –the allegiance of their base.

Now there’s this email sent to Senator McCain and cc’d to Hugh. It begins:

Dear Hugh,

My head is going to explode

I know the feeling. If you’ll excuse me, I can’t type and scratch this rash on my hands at the same time.

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A portion of the HeadGirl’s Musical Wisdom

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture is fantastic at 7 a.m. when you’re tootling down the highway and have only been up for twenty minutes.

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony does not work well when you’re trying to go to sleep… it’s too much like trying to stop reading at a cliffhanger in a favorite novel. Just a few measures more, you say to yourself… I’ve got to hear *this* bit. Oh, wait! I want to listen to a few more measures… and before you know it the whole symphony is over and you’re still wide awake.

(The HeadGirl would like it known that she is not wide awake at the moment and is thus not responsible for how discombobulated she may sound herein)

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