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Dr Seuss Presentation ENG 314

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Paul Willis

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Dr Seuss Presentation ENG 314

Rhyme Scheme
B If








A Say!



C And



in a

C And



with a

D And



in the

D And in the
And on a

E And in a
And in a


so good so good

Green Eggs and Ham was published August 12, 1960.
•This book is a very simple to read, understand etc., making it great for beginners learning how to read.
•The entire book only uses 50 words
•Written using Iambic Pentameter ex.
i DO not LIKE green EGGS and HAM.
•This is a rhyming book, therefore the example I used is a rhyming piece.
•The first paragraph is a simple 4 line rhyme scheme.
•The second longer paragraph is a couplet.
•Majority of the book is written with a couplet rhyme scheme.
Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
Adjective (attributive)
Is formed from a noun, which allows us to infer meaning
Describes a noun, which lets us know that it is an adjective and implies meaning
Morphology: “ous” is a suffix typically used to form adjectives from nouns (covetous, nervous, wondrous)
"I am the Lorax," he coughed and he whiffed.
He sneezed and he snuffled. He snarggled. He sniffed.
"Once-ler!" he cried with a cruffulous croak.
"Once-ler! You're making such smogulous smoke!
Examples from The Lorax (1971)
Fits semantic definition (person, place, thing or idea)
Syntax: preceded by determiner
Capitalized (proper noun)
Object of prepositional phrase
Additional PPs provide context – on top of his store and under the roof
“miff-muffered moof” is also a noun for similar reason
You won't see the Once-ler.
Don't knock at his door.
He stays in his Lerkim on top of his store.
He lurks in his Lerkim, cold under the roof,
where he makes his own clothes
out of miff-muffered moof.
Examples from The Lorax (1971)
Seuss’ Neologisms
Dr. Seuss takes many liberties with the English language – his creativity with words is part of what makes his books so funny, charming and popular among people young and old.
Creates many new words, or neologisms:
A newly-created word or phrase often attributed to a specific person or publication.
His word creation blends the line between witty nonsense and structured writing
He creates new words that we have never heard before, and yet we are still able to understand them, their context, and the story through conventional morphology, syntax/context clues
We are drawn into his world because through his colorful new words and understand them because, despite being nonsense, they still fit the conventions of the English language.
Also: Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd”!
Most of the information seen in the second instance of the verb
Semantic definition – indicates action of sentence
Morphology – marked for past tense with “ed”
Follows pronoun, who is performing action
Followed by direct object
I went right on biggering... selling more Thneeds.
And I biggered my money, which everyone needs.
Examples from The Lorax (1971)
Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
Nouns (
Transitive (
Intransitive (
Modal (
Linking (
Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
The central idea is overcoming your fear could yield you a positive outcome. For instance, the main character finally trying Green Eggs & Ham and enjoying it.

•Some sentences are properly constructed sentences that can be broken down. Example “So I will eat them in a box.”

Other sentences aren’t constructed properly and contain fragments, Ex “And in a car. And in a tree.”
•The book contains many coordinators, mainly the coordinator “and.”

The book has many Nouns ex, tree, train, goat, boat, etc.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
With an unpleasant bump.

And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
Imagery, AMBIGUITY & Syntax
Shakespeare vs seuss - rhyme
Different times, different writers, but similar rhymes:

Both writers enjoyed
, where rhyming words are used at the end of two lines.

Shakespeare (Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the
. And therefore is winged Cupid painted

Dr. Seuss (Oh! The Places You’ll Go!)
You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great

You'll join the high fliers

who soar to high
Technically a picture book, Seuss uses minimal language to tell a deeper story

--Thought that people who create neologism’s had a psychological disorder that allows the brain to think this way. In children it is normal to create words that have specific meaning to the child but it becomes abnormal for adults to do this type of behavior.

-Thought disorders



--They can be created by combining a compound noun and adjective or by giving words new or unique prefixes or suffixes.

-Jabberwocky by Lewis Carol

-A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (scrooge)
Neologism: a newly coined word or expression
Possibility of a Disorider?
Dive into Childhood.
a.He attributed his ability to rhyme to his mother who would often rhyme to him in song.

b.I found that when he was a child he was made fun of quite a bit by his schoolmates because he was German.

c.This was during WWI and there was a lot of tension with Germany that would have caused his peers to not ‘like’ him as much.

e. In college he was often distracted in lecture by his drawings and that is when he met his wife Helen Palmer. He worked for the student newspaper and after he got in trouble for drinking with his friends (this was during Prohibition) he started to sign his cartoon’s ‘Seuss’ which was his middle name but also his mother’s maiden name.

f. It is interesting that these things happened to him when he was growing up, perhaps he developed a disorder that allowed his mind to think this way; however, there is no evidence that I could find that would suggest such a thing. In my personal opinion I just think that he went through a hard time as a child and used his talent of drawing and rhyming as an escape from reality. Little did he know that he would be a world renowned author one day.

What I found in my book:

The reason I talked about Neologisms is because in my book I found the following passage:
Before I could even answer him,
A new voice interrupted.
“That mind of yours,” I heard him say,
“is frightfully ga-flupped.
Your mind is murky-mooshy!
Will you make it up? Or won’t you?
If you won’t, you are a wonter!
Do you understand? Or don’t you?
If you don’t you are a donter.
You’re a canter if you can’t.
I would really like to help you.
But you’re a hopeless. So I shan’t.”
The following could have multiple meanings depending on how the reader reads it:
a.Ga-flupped: noun (equal to mind) or adjective (describing the mind)
b.Murky-mooshy: same as above noun or adjective OR you can break up the words and have murky describe mooshy the noun.
c.Hopeless: actually grammatically incorrect here because it is an adjective modified by an article… which you cannot do. However he decided you can and therefore the traditional adverb ‘hopeless’ is being used as a noun.
The following are neologisms because they are not actually real words! However, the reader completely understands why he made them up here because they play off of the main verb.
a.Wonter: is like saying ‘you won’t’
b.Donter: is like saying ‘you don’t’
c.Canter: is like saying ‘you can’t’

I would classify all of these words as adjectives because they have a verb root meaning but I can also see them as being nouns because they have an article out front.

That mind of yours, is frightfully ga-flupped.
If you don’t, you are a donter.
It is very interesting to me how Seuss uses neologisms and I found his childhood to have interesting indicators as to why he was able to come up with words. He is very crafty in his writing overall but I am especially intrigued by the ambiguity he is able to explain to children! Even though these books are for children there are even things adults can find here to study.
Last book written before his death
Although its listed as a "Teacher's top 100 books for teaching children", most of the book's audience continues to be graduates of high school or college
March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991
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