Blog 8

My first draft was actually pretty good. I was happy with the first draft just to get things started. It was about this kid who was not that good at baseball and was last in the batting order. In the end he hit the game winning home run and was remembered forever. The pitcher who was really really good was forgotten forever. I included a nice simile and metaphor that added to the poems content. I also used a clever allusion to tie the work together. My final draft was a piggy back off of my first poem in a way. I used the same last four lines of my first poem in my final draft because they defined the theme. I also included i different twist with more similes and better rhymes at the end of the lines. I used A B A B rhyme scheme. The one thing i dont know about my final draft is if my poem has a purpose or meaning for being written. I also do not know if I have enough content or words in the lines o make a meaningful sentence. My poem is obviously about baseball and to never give up. The team was down by one run in the bottom of the last inning and they came back to win the game and the championship. I made an allusion to babe ruth that is very important to the work because babe ruth is one of the greatest baseball players ever. This told the reader that the kid had potential if he is being compared to babe ruth. This is also important because every time someone talks about baseball you think Babe Ruth and his legend. The metaphor I used was the pitcher will never be remembered. This states that he was on no ones mind and left out. He is the one who lost the team the game and the batter will always be remembered because he won the game for them. I thought overall my final draft was decent but not sure about the meaning for the poem to be written.

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blog 7

I do not like poetry at all. It is hard to read and interpret the correct meaning. Also I am not very good at writing poems. Some poems didn’t really make a whole lot of sense either. My first thought about reading poetry was oh great. When we read poetry last year I had the same thought. I don’t really enjoy reading poetry and interpreting the poems meanings. I feel like only the author truly knows the poems exact meaning. Writing your own poem is very complex as well. First you have to come up with an idea worth writing about and follow a specific form. Then you need to pick out a rhyme scheme and piece that together. Lastly, You type the poem up and read over it and realize it is not even a good poem. The one think I like about poetry is the rhyming. The rhymes make the poems easy to read and gives it a rhythm. After writing my own poem i realize how talented a writer must be in order to write a useful poem. I also realized there are multiple parts to writing a poem. The rhymes, form, and the hardest part is defining a theme. It is hard to have a definite theme in such a small piece of writing with so little words. I did think it was pretty easy to incorporate allusions and other literary devices. I used the rhyme scheme of A B A B and really liked linking every other line through a rhyme and really making the poem flow nicely. In my poem i included a metaphor which really explained how far the kid in my poem hit the baseball. I also included a simile comparing the kid to an ox. That showed how strong the kid really was. Overall, i did but i didn’t enjoy writing my own poem. In total, I do not like or reading poetry.

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Payback time

The tome Payback Time was not very good or well-written. I did not enjoy this story either. The story was about this kid who suffers an injury and must work his way back from injury. He tore his ACl in a game against the niners and ever since when he walked he heard a pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop. The pops were so bad they became repetitive. He works his way back and wins the game against the same team he got hurt against. Over all i dont recommend this book.

shoeless joe

I did not like the story Shoe less Joe. I found the story very dry and not useful. The story is mostly a fantasy in which none of the events will actually occur. Ray is told in a dream to build a baseball field so a pastime will come to play on it. The story occurs 60 years later after a scandal to Joe Jackson and his team in the world series. Ray grows up in a rural part of the country where he farms and lives for baseball. Ray goes to a game in Boston where he meets an author and he must convince him to come back to Iowa with him to show him this magical baseball field. This made me think that Ray was desperate to get the story of the baseball field out for him to travel all the way to Boston just to see a baseball game and meet this guy that he has only heard of. The author of this book did a poor job of convincing the reason for Ray to go to Boston. Once Ray meets this guy he describes the situation with the magical baseball field and the guy takes it all in and considers what his next move will be. Finally the guy says he will come to Iowa to witness this Magical baseball field and watch a game on it and publish a story depending if he enjoys the experience. This creates hope for the reader that Joe’s plan will come to fruition and turn out all right. It also shows how committed Ray is to figuring out what occurred in his dream and how he took the dream to heart and is figuring out the past. On the way back to Iowa Ray and the guy talk about the story and how the baseball field was built and all the work that was put into it to show the guy that this story is worth his time. Ray also discuss’s all the memories he had back in Iowa and all the magical games that were played on that field and how the players went on to do great things in life all do to the field and its magical “shoe less Joe” powers. When they arrive in Iowa there are old players and coaches their to great them and show them around. Once they reached the field the Players faces light up and the mysterious guy took it in writing on his notepad the whole experience. My reaction to this is kind of mixed. I understand that the field is special to the people of Iowa but it is just a baseball field and it can not have magical powers. Also why would this mysterious guy travel all the way to Iowa just to witness the pedestrian event occur. Also the author never specified why the field was so special and close to many of the people of Iowa. In the end the guy writes the story about the magical field and how he enjoyed the game that was played there. The guy goes on to say how the game felt magical and how he said that other people should visit the place where magic took place. In the end i did not like this story at all. It was really dry and didn’t have a lot to it. Also it was hard to understand what was happening. I do not recommend this book to anyone because it was a tough read and just plain awful. Also the book was very confusing due to all the different scene changes and all the different characters.