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"the lesson of the moth" by Don Marquis

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Heather Vogt

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of "the lesson of the moth" by Don Marquis

"the lesson of the moth" by Don Marquis
Is this a rhyming poem or a free verse poem?
A rhyming poem follows some type of rhyme scheme and has intentional rhymes scattered throughout.

Free verse poems, however, just say what they want to say how they want to say it.

Which do you think is better? Why?
Identify the two characters in the poem. Briefly explain each one’s philosophy of life.
What is the PERSONIFICATION in the poem?
What human-like things are the nonhuman things doing?
Select the one word that best conveys the tone (the author’s attitude) in the poem.

happy - morose - sarcastic - whimsical - matter-of-fact - curious - pompous

In your own words, state the major theme of the poem.
Character 1=Speaker
The speaker would rather have a long, uneventful, careful life rather than a short, exciting, dangerous life.
Character 2=Moth
The moth would rather have a short, exciting, dangerous life filled with beauty rather than a long, uneventful, careful life.
The moth and the speaker, who we know is not a human, are talking.

Moths and cockroaches (that what's the speaker is) don't talk.

Sorry to break that to you.
I know. It's surprising to me too.
What does "morose" mean?
When you are morose, you are glum and moody.
So what's the THEME, or overall message, of this poem?

Is it to live every day to the fullest seeking out the beauty of every day?

Or is it to live a calm, uneventful, long life?
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