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Poetry Project

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emily fox

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Project

Poet Edna St.Vincent Millay Edna was born in Rockalnd,Maine on February 22, 1892 Edna studied piano and considered a music career, but when one of her first poems appeared in St. Nicholas magazine, she decided to become a writer. So what type of poetic devices is in this poem? "The Courage My Mother Had" After her graduation in 1917 she settled in New York's Greenwich Village and began to support herself by writing. She started to write more and more poems and people started to notice her work more. Edna was an American Lyric poet which means
she expressed direct and personal feelings in
her poems. The rhyme scheme in the poem is ( A B A B) The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she'd left to me
The thing she took into the grave!-
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have. Her last years she went through many hard times due to some of her friends deaths and her husband's in come dissapered when the Nazis invaded Holland during World War II. In 1944 a nervous breakdown kept her in the hostpital for several months. Her husband died in 1949 and on October 19, 1950 she passed away. What was her life like you might ask? "Renasacence" a long poem written when she was nineteen went into a collection called The Lyric Year in 1912. Till this day it still remains a favorite. One of her friends was very wealthy and impressed with her work that she helped her attend Vassar College in New York. The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;
Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:
Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she'd left to me
The thing she took into the grave!-
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have. First off, the poem "The Courage My Mother Had" is a lyric poem. A lyric poem is expressing thoughts and feelings. One of the poetic devices is a simile. In line 11... Line 11 "The courage like a rock." This line in the poem is saying that her mother's courage is like a rock. A rock is very tough and hard to break. Thats how her mother was. She had so much courage that you couldnt do anything to take it away from her. It also describes how before her mother passed she gave her, her brooch. This made Enda fell very strong just like her mother. Alliteration: "Went with her and is with her still." Definition of the word alliteration is when two or more stressed syllables of a word or group either with the same consonant sound or group. This poem shows some alliteration. Overall, the poem "The Courage My Mother Had" had a positive tone. It talks about how she wants to have the courage her mother had. It talks about how she wishes she could have given it to her before she passed. He was so brave.
To die for us on the cross.
I'm like a wimp and would have hid in a cave.
That day, we had a sad loss.

We owe it to him.
To show respect and to obey his laws.
I guy i know that lives by these standards is a guy named Jim.
His actions drops alot of jaws.

He is my lord.
Through ups and downs he will always be there for you.
He is a man i adore,
and that will be nothing new.
In my poem I used some of the same poetic devices
that Edna used. I used the same rhyme scheme (ABAB) and used a simile. "I'm like a wimp..."
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