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Abandoned Farmhouse

adapted from a presentation by Angela Burson
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Katelyn Reed

on 10 September 2013

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ABANDONED FARMHOUSE
Quietly, close your eyes for 30 seconds and
visualize what an abandoned farmhouse
might look like. Please remain silent.
Consider the following four poetic conventions:
figurative language (personification, metaphor), imagery, symbol, tone
By Ted Kooser
He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room;
Remember to use sensory details to make the image more vivid. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste?

Keep that image and SILENTLY find a word that describes the abandoned farmhouse that you visualized.
For the next two or three minutes, when you see a free marker, you can go up to the board and write your word. If your word relates to one that has already been written, draw a line that connects them. Do not use the same word twice.
Quickly, write down the words that you particularly liked.
What might a poem titled "Abandoned Farmhouse" be about?
and a good, God-fearing man, says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm-a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.
Abandoned Farmhouse
By Ted Kooser
He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun;
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn.
A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar hole.
And the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow country road.
Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm-a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say.
A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child,
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer; the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
Please sit quietly.
You will need a sheet of paper and a pen.
I will present this poem to you half of a stanza at a time. As you read each portion of a stanza, right down any examples of poetic elements you see and what type of poetic element they are.
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