My first reaction to the poem smile was who wrote this and why. I didn’t understand why someone would name it smile and make it seem so depressing. I didn’t understand it and still don’t understand it and I have read it over 10 times. I do not understand the concept of the poem and I don’t understand why anyone would write a poem like that. When I found out who wrote it I was confused on why he wrote it like that. Why write something so depressing for no apparent reason? Why is it so confusing? Why does it make no sense,even after reading it so many times I do not understand it or why write it? Why not just get one off of the internet instead of writing your own? I feel like it just wants people to think a whole lot but we are never going to get the true answer. Is that the point of the story to never get the right and true answer? I truly do not get this poem at all. And i still don’t get why you are making us do this. What’s the point of this? Why do we need to tell you about this? Do you even know the answer to these questions? If so what are they? Do you write the answers to your questions in paragraphs like we do? I wrote about this kind of in my last blog but all I want is my questions answered. Their not hard questions, I didn’t want to make them to be hard. I just do not get your poem I want to know about it and I want to understand it but I don’t get it at all. I hear people in the hallway talking about how they don’t get it so at least I’m not the only one but I still want to know. The sound and sense questions are hard to answer too because I don’t get the poem. I just wish you would tell us about this poem and help us understand it better.
I do not like writing poems. I am not someone who likes to write about my feelings or someone else’s feelings or thoughts. I can not write a poem to save my life. I am awful at writing poems. I do not care for poems they don’t like me and I don’t care for them. I can not make stanzas and words rhyme. If I write a poem it will most likely be free verse because that’s when you can write it how you want it and don’t have any rules. The two poems you made us write it took me forever to rhyme words together. I don’t care if I’m not good at writing poems I’m not going to use them when I get older. I never liked poems and I never will like them. When you made us write then it was torture. I didn’t know what to write about and how to rhyme the whole thing together and then when you made us add more lines and you added more rules into it made it a lot harder for me and for my writing. I don’t even like writing why I don’t like writing poems. You already know I don’t like writing poems from my poems why do I need to explain again. I feel like it just a waste of time for you to read this blog just being honest. I’m just trying to help you out by telling you that maybe next time you should just not make us write this and instead have us do something more productive and that will help us out a lot better. Not saying these blogs aren’t helping us out but their are so many other things you could have us do in the class than some blog. I’m just stating my opinion. I do not like poems at all. Poems do not come to me as easily as they do to other people and they probably never will. Some people are just really good at writing poems while I am not at all. I am not Edjar Allan Poe.
Miles decided to leave his parents in Florida to go to a boarding school in Alabama. When he gets there his parents tell him to not smoke and drink and all that. He then goes and meets his roommate,when meeting him all Miles could smell on him was cigarette smoke. His roommate was named Chip,he memorized all the countries on the map in alphabetical order. While on Miles hand he could memorize everyone’s last words that they said to him. Unlike Miles, Chip had a scholarship but both Miles and Chip were juniors. Chip goes to a girl named Alaska for his cigarettes,she has a single room because the girl that was supposed to live with her got kicked out last year, Miles really likes Alaska, he thinks she’s hot! Alaska has a boyfriend but she does think that Miles is cuter and smarter than her boyfriend. Three kids take Miles out of his bed in the middle of the night,they lead him across the soccer field and duct taped his arms and legs. Miles got his arms undone and ripped the duck tape after being thrown in the lake. Then he marches to Alaska’s room unknowing what was going to happen. Alaska laughs at him and about what happened to him, he left and went back to his dorm room extremely mad. Alaska explains to Miles that she smokes to die that’s why she smokes so fast is so she can die. Alaska mentions multiple times about dying but dying smart. Miles,Alaska,Tamika,and the Colonel get caught smoking at the lake by The Eagle. They went in front of a jury, Alaska and the Colonel end up taking all the blame for the situation which meant that Miles didn’t get in trouble. Someone unhooked the water pip and put it through Alaska’s room window and then her room got flooded. Alaska ratted her last roommate out,then Miles found out by the Colonel told him and then Alaska told him she did. The he figured out that is why she took all the blame so her friends could trust her since they didn’t trust her after she did that.
Hazel Grace Lancaster was a 16 year old girl who had cancer,her mom and doctor both thought that she had depression so they wanted her to attend a cancer support group weekly. After a couple weeks of being at the support group she noticed a new boy who was “beautiful” in her words,he had lost one eye to cancer and will soon lose his other one to cancer too. Hazel and Augustus end up talking at the support group.He invites her over to his house to watch television,while he was putting a cigarette in his mouth Hazel was grossed out,then he said he never lights them he just put them in his mouth to show that if you smoke it’s going to make your teeth out and a bunch of other stuff. She ends up going over to his house and meeting his family. She noticed that their were basketball trophies and basketball stuff in his bedroom and the basement. He told her before all this happened he would play all the time and loved it but when he got cancer he had to stop. Hazel emails her favorite author all these questions about his book and his ending. He emails her back a couple weeks later and tells her that he can not answer any of the questions over email but if she ever is in Amsterdam to let him know or stop by and they can talk about the book. Augustus gets a free wish kind of thing,that says he can go anywhere and the hospital will pay for it. He chose Amsterdam and took Hazel with so she could meet her favorite author. They get their and go down to where he lives to meet him. He didn’t know they were coming and got extremely mad because his secretary invited them. He ended up being a drunk and hasn’t wrote back to his fans in years. Hazel and Augustus ended up leaving/getting kicked out. A couple months later Augustus died from his cancer. Her favorite author showed up at the funeral drunk/still drinking,trying to talk to her about the book. She wasn’t too happy, he tried getting in the car with her so he could talk to her but she kicked him out.