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Figurative Language Practice #3

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Margaret Croll

on 9 February 2014

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Figurative Language Practice #3
# 9
After gettin my report card
I knew it was time to hit the books.
I should have done homework or studied instead
But I got up on the wrong side of the bed.
There's a faucet in the basement
that had dripped one drop all year
since he fixed it, we can't find it
without wearing scuba gear
Floors are flowers--take a few
Ferns grow here and daisies too.
An old willow with hollow branches
slowly swayed his few high tendrils
and sang:
Endless wealth,
I thought,
held out its arms to me.
The line is saying that someone made the sink worse while trying to fix it.
Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own backyard
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
The daisy hugging the earth
in August, ha!
Don't worry about the Alex
She's all bark and no bite
A thousand Paradises
in an apple blossom.
# 8
Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
There's a guy in a tux and he stands in the corner,
Feedin' the jukebox his dimes.
I pushed him from my arms
his stare brought with a terror
a million billion trillion stars.
# 15
a flower
a weakest flower
shall be our trust
I am Super Samson Simpson
I'm superlatively strong
I like to carry elephants
I do it all day long.
As men walked up and down the street.
Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.
Love is something else,
or so I thought it,
a garden which expands
It is the mind
the mind
that must be cured
short of death's intervention,
I guess that my friends were just pulling my leg.

One day they hold you in the
Palms of their hands, gentle, as if you
Were the last raw egg in the world.
a blessing in disguise.
Love is a young green willow
shimmering at the bare wood's edge.
If no one came to try it
the world
would be the loser.
The whole world
became my garden!
There's a blue bird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough on him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see you.
I wanted her to show up
I crossed my fingers.
She is comparing her laughter to gold mines, as if she were extremely wealthy.
She is comparing herself to the actual gift her ancestors brought to this country-- she is "the gift."
It could be interpreted that the dream is who is speaking in the poem.
Hugging is a human action or characteristic that is given to the flower.
"all bark and no bite" is an idiom
Implied (inferred) metaphor
The poet is comparing Alex to a barking dog that just makes a lot of noise, but is not dangerous.
Wealth does not have arms, like a person, and cannot hold them out to someone.
The poet is exaggerating, how could there be a 1000 Paradises in one apple blossom?
The miracle of the apple blossom, the flower of the apple tree, turning into a delicious fruit that naturally feeds the body is comparing that to a 1000 heavens, because the miracle of it feeds the soul.
She is comparing her walk to that of a wealthy person and how the walk is one of confidence.
The poet doesn't mean to actually hit the books, he means to get to work and study intensely.
Exaggerating how hard he will have to study
The poet is comparing the "floors" to "flowers" without using the words "like" or "as."
The willow tree is swaying and singing like a person.
Getting up on the wrong side of the bed means that you woke up grouchy or in a bad mood.
A jukebox cannot eat like a person, and yet the man in the tux is "feeding" it.
The intensity of his stare was what filled him with fear so awful it was like a million billion trillion suns.
The poet is comparing their trust to a weak flower.
The poet is exaggerating his strength.
The poet is comparing the young men to sharp mustard using the word "as."
The poet compares love to an expanding garden without using the words "like" or "as."
the mind, the mind
The poet is giving death the human ability to intervene.
Which means his friends were teasing him.
Implied or inferred where fooling someone is related to kicking them under the table so they will understand they are being fooled.
The poet is comparing how someone would be treated to how someone would gently hold the last raw egg in the world--like a precious object.
It is a common expression, which means that even if the event did not seem good, it actually may turn out better --like a blessing.
The poet is allowing "a blessing" to dress-up in a disguise, which is a human action.
The poet is comparing love to a beautiful willow "shimmering in a fresh green" color against a forest of trees that does not have its leaves yet - bare wood.
The world is given the human characteristic of being a loser.
Exaggerating that you have the whole world.
The poet is comparing the world to a garden without using "like" or "as."
The poet is comparing this feeling of "happiness" represented by the symbol of the "blue bird" to an actual bird he will not let fly from his heart without using "like" or "as."
Crossing your fingers is a symbol of good luck and hoping that the fates will be kind and deliver what you want or need.
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