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To Kill A Mockingbird Poem

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Meredith Caldwell

on 3 March 2016

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird Poem

The Poetry of Maycomb
The Poetry of Maycomb
by Meredith Caldwell
My gender says I can’t be me
I don’t see why that has to be
A mother bear’s fearful growl
A lioness out on the prowl
In nature balance is the key
So why does mankind refuse to see?
A female wolf is feared the same
So why must I play this game?
Like a bear I can growl
Like a lion I can prowl
Like a wolf I can howl
As a woman is that foul?
My gender says I can’t be free
That’s not how it’s supposed to be
You say that’s not what I’m supposed to do
But I know nature will soon come through

This poem has two literary devices. These devices are rhyme and simile. Many lines in this poem rhyme. For example, “growl” and “prowl” rhyme. The word “like” is used to compare the narrator to fearsome and powerful animals. “Like a bear,” “like a lion” and “like a wolf” are used in the poem. I use simile to compare Scout to wild animals in the poem because she is fierce. I used rhyme because it makes the poem sound good and it has nothing to do with Scout.

Scout is the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird. Unlike other girls, she likes to wear overalls. She prefers to wear overalls and dislikes dresses, and she is often ridiculed for this reason. Scout reacts negatively to feminine behaviour and associates it with being weak. This is to the point where she dislikes being called a girl. Scout doesn’t want to be forced to act a certain way because of her gender, and that’s what my poem is about.

Lines 1, 8, 13 and 15 relate to the story because Scout is often told not to do or act a certain way because she is a girl. A quote from the book that supports this is “I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants.” Another quote that supports this is “What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady!”

Lines 2, 6, 8 and 12 relate to the story because Scout doesn’t understand why her behaviour is such a big deal. You can’t control what you’re born as, so why do we have to be defined by it? Scout has to constantly defend herself and be defended for wearing overalls. Atticus and Aunt Alexandra argue about it in this quote. “But the only time I ever heard Atticus speak sharply to anyone was when I once heard him say, ‘Sister, I do the best I am with them!’ It had something to do with my going around in overalls.”

Lines 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 11 relate to the story because despite being a girl, she is strong and she is in charge. This is shown when she punches her cousin Francis in the face. “This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right, but not for long.”
Lines 5, 14 and 16 relate to the story because Scout knows what she’s capable of and that girls are not meant to be weak and defenseless. Aunt Alexandra often disagrees. “Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.”
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