my first impressions on the dodo’s conundrum was the poem was actually pretty easy to understand. i’m not sure if it’s because we’ve read about similar things or because we’ve learned about poems and know how to understand them better and kind of break each stanza apart and see the theme and emotions of it. the theme is kind of like this guy is making his own perfect little world with nothing wrong comparing things to his own impression’s of the world and how they should be. the location and general sanity of the speaker is a little confusing and i have to go back and reread the meaning of some of the words that were numbered. the only questions i would still ask about the poem would be to other people and how they took the poem and their thoughts about the theme. i would also ask about the mermaid part and what it really means because my table came up with some thoughts and we have a general idea but i don’t know for sure what the speaker means by the simile to mermaids. the questions in sound and sense were definitely easier to answer for the dodo’s conundrum rather than Eldorado because it took so long fro me to truly understand that poem. and we had to do a lot more work on it so i kept changing my mind about what i thought about it and then ya know i got sick of the poem so reading this poem which was a little more refreshing and easier to do. writing poetry helped me read and analyze this poem a little better because it sounds like the speaker it talking it a lot more personally and you try to understand the speakers feelings and perspectives more because you had to do that and take your impression of things to make similes and metaphors. it also helped because we looked for specific things that we had to include in our poems. so it was like we could relate to what the author had to do to write that poem except he’s a professional and his was ten times better so i guess you could say it was more of a learning process.
having a specific way and specific amount of time to write a poem was extremely stressful. it made writing a poem ten times harder and personally my poem was pretty bad. i was sitting at my kitchen table for about an hour trying to write it after having all the time in the world over a three day weekend because i could just not be creative and think of a topic let alone actually write the poem. so i just used something as painful as writing a poem, high school, i actually came to the decision that revising my poem made it worse. poetry is hard enough to read so writing our own wasn’t a piece of cake. my perception of poetry hasn’t really changed since the beginning of the unit. i still don’t want to read or write poems. i didn’t really write a second poem so i can’t say my poetry writing capabilities got better. but just a guess off hand i cant predict they didn’t. adding pictures and visual effects to my poem would be really helpful and make is easier to understand. adding a visual makes anything easier to understand. while reading my poem out loud i can actually picture it as a cartoon and the events happening while it being read int he background. that’s probably just because i understand my poem. but i do think images could add some more emotions and thoughts to my poem which i have but not well written enough. that would be a good assignment if we had to draw pictures to go along with our poems but i don’t think anyone wants to do anything else regarding poems.for my poem i could add visuals involving the obstacles and the journey through high school that my poem kind of talks about since mostly every one kind of understands that and can see pictures regarding graduation and school as key points. and usually graduating is pretty emotional so people would see a graduation cap read the line in my poem about it and understand the emotions being used. so pictures definitely make a big difference in poems.
With the amount of things we’ve learned about poetry I still don’t wanna write a poem or read a poem, but when i do it makes them a little more interesting and i know how to analyze them better. When we had to start by analyzing the poems from the books i literally had to read them about five times till i could understand them. When you aren’t really interested in poems it’s hard to understand them and take them apart. So i just chose a poem I didn’t like and took all the bad things about it and eventually tried to understand it and it worked. I don’t think you really have to like poems to take them apart and find the meaning. It also helps that we have google and people that actually understand poems around but still. if someone had to find the theme of a really long poem with difficult words they could it would just take a long time. Also because people analyze things in different ways. different people intemperate things differently. Having to write a poem though. that is gonna be bad. I can try to just follow the notes but it’s most likely gonna sound terrible no matter what. I feel like people mostly write poems about pain and dark stuff or things they love. Like Eldorado and how in the end it had a pretty dark meaning, but if you just read through it quick you wouldn’t pick it up at first. But when we discussed it i actually understood it and it makes sense now. not just people but other things too. I had the idea of writing a poem from a different perspective so it’s like the person reading it can relate from the certain perspective. I realize I don’t really have any other ideas besides that because all iv’e read is Dr. Suess and where the sidewalk ends and back in the day those poems were pretty easy to understand considering they came with pictures. Maybe i’ll add a picture with mine because i have a feeling it’s gonna be stupid and confusing.
Another book i read was to all the boys i’ve loved before. And when you heard the title it sounds pretty terrible and cheesy but it was actually pretty good. It was a little different that your average teenage drama love story. This book also got really popular so when i first started it i though it had to be at least a little bit good. It had more hidden messages and side stories than just two teenagers in love that you just have to take notice a little bit more to see. It had to do with single parents who have lost a loved one or gone through with divorce which i can’t relate and reflect to, and i think many people can who might read or have read the book. It also shows the leader an older sibling has to be to their younger sibling and how they have to help them to make good choices because it can reflect back on to them. Which makes you look past the main character and how she is trying to find love and focus on the relationship of the siblings and each trait they carry that relates to one another and the traditions in the beginning of the book that change in the end.it also shows a little bit of mixed races which really isn’t focused on at all but if you pay attention and pick up on the details you learn that the main character, laura jean’s, mother and father are different races resulting in a family of diversity mixing up your usual stories you may read or see on the movies. Lot’s of kids especially these days have diversified family including myself and it’s a little different sometimes but you learn to accept it and appreciate it eventually. Which in the book laura jean shows nothing but love and appreciation to them the whole time sending a good message. That’s how everyone should feel in my opinion which i feel is mutual to everyone. Which is actually something i can relate to in the other book i read, the hate you give. The main character there has some troubles between her all white school and her black mixed race school. She didn’t know who to be and act around each of them, she felt like she had to act different, but she should be able to act herself around both. Say her opinions and not feel under spoken. Which i can say is one of laura jeans strengths in to all the boys i loved before even though it was different still. It also includes the usual story of finding true friends and being yourself around them, which is good because no one should have to feel uncomfortable at school or around other people. They should be surrounded by people that accept them and can help them through life. Which laura jean finds out. I think readers and students could relate to this even though i may have put a lot of extra thought into which i like to do with books. Just look past them a little bit and pay attention to details, which i definitely don’t do a lot. I also noticed in this she appreciates her friends since her lack of family and sister left and went to college. Which just makes you think and take notice of your personal situation because i fortunately have both of my parents. It was a pretty good book to take and look past to find other meanings in since you already know the normal love stories you hear all the time. I hope to read the sequel next and hopefully it’s good too.
One of the books i read was the hate you give. an eye opening, informing, and empowering book. I would recommend it to anyone and read it twice. they also recently made a movie based on the book which made me want to read it before the movie came out and i’m glad i did. The issues going on today in modern day U.S are made so real and heavy in the book. If you didn’t know much about the incidents where killing of unarmed colored people by police officers have happened you will went to know and make everyone aware of what is going on. It is a very important book about race relations and law enforcement which has always been a problem. By actually reading a whole story about it the reader is able to know more and get to know each character and what they went through. Which allows the book to tell about the things that go on inside those neighborhoods and to not judge a book by their cover when you seen people on the streets. When you hear about gangs and drugs some people might be scared of that until you hear about the families affected by it and then all you can do is feel sad for them. I also connected to the book because as a young person you hear about drinking and drugs and the trouble people get into. Everyone has a choice whether you want to to do them or not. The hate you give shows clearly the struggle and trouble drugs and alcohol can get you into. so as young people read the book i feel like they can take multiple lesson from it one being not to try drugs or alcohol. the events should make them scared of the outcome. However the book pulls you in and is really good not just telling you about sad events. it makes you think and the author also lightens it up by adding humor which every story needs so you can reflect to the characters and see that they are just like you. one day everything is okay and then the next their whole life changes. the main character Starr’s main struggle is trying to figure out if she should speak up about her friend and risk things or stay hidden in sorrow. as young kids start to develop opinions it’s hard for them to speak out at first. It could be a incident or just an innocent opinion but usually they are afraid of being judged. the author just shows so well of the power and impact one action can make if you just speak up. I know after i read it made me tell everyone about it do they can read it and see how strong the main character Starr is and how one thing changed and affected her community in a good way. When you speak out it doesn’t need to be a as big and bold as star but it can be as little as starting with one person or a club. Like right here at our school. students for social awareness is a good club. we talked about school shootings in it and that was a big event that affects all of us here and people got to know about and be made aware. I don’t think anyone there cared about the consequences because it was such a strong thing to be apart of just like star. I could probably go on about the powerful meaning of the book but in the end it was genuinely a good read and i’m glad i read it.