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Thumbprint Poem Analysis

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Kayla Davis

on 7 October 2016

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Transcript of Thumbprint Poem Analysis

Title
This poem might be about the author's thumbprint. It could also be about individuality because all thumbprints are different and unique.
Thumbprint Poem Analysis
Paraphrase
The author first talks about their thumbprint, then begins to expand with the fact that everyone has a unique thumbprint. She then talks about her individuality as a person.
Connotation
The connotation of this poem is almost entirely literal. However, the meaning is more in depth than just your fingerprint. It talks about your individuality as a whole.
Attitude
The tone of this poem is prideful about their thumbprint and their existence in life. This is shown in lines 7-8, "No other, however grand or base, can ever contain the same." The mood created is fulfilling towards the audience. The mood is created by words with a happy/good connotation. This is especially shown in line 5, "What a treasure to own!", shows the pride and satisfaction of the author.
Shift
There is a tone shift in line 15. The author originally focused on her pride in her thumbprint. After the shift, she becomes more broad in her thinking and the tone is more hopeful for the future.
Thumbprint
On the pad of my thumb
are whorls, whirls, wheels,
in a unique design:
mine alone.
What a treasure to own!
My own flesh, my own feelings.
No other, however grand or base,
can ever contain the same.
My signature,
thumbing the pages of my time.
By Davie Huynh and Kayla Davis
By Eve Merriam
My universe key,
my singularity.
Impress, implant,
I am myself,
all of my atom parts I am the sum.
And out of my blood and my brain
I make my interior weather,
my own sun and rain.
Imprint my mark upon the world,
whatever I shall become.
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Title
After reading the poem, the title can still be interpreted as the author talking about her thumbprint. It also could represent the author "making her mark on the world" with her specific personality.
Theme
The theme of the poem is "Our differences make us unique". This is the theme because in the beginning of the poem, the author states that her thumbprint is "mine alone", which implies that no two thumbprints are the same.
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Connotation
Alliteration-The author uses alliteration in the line,"
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orls,
wh
irls,
wh
eels" with the "wh" sound at the beginning.

Anaphora- In the lines, "
My
signature", "
My
universe key", "
my
singularity", "
my
own sun and rain", the word "my" is repeated to emphasize that her thumbprint belongs to her and only her.

Extended Metaphor- The author compares her thumbprint to her personality over the entire poem. "My own flesh", "My singularity", "Imprint my mark upon the world".
Connotation
Metaphor- "Thumbing the pages of my time" represents the authors life as she affects it. The authors life compared to a book.

Assonance- The "im" sound in "
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press,
Im
plant" is repeated.

Metaphor- The line, "I make my own interior weather, my own sun and rain.", compares the weather as her emotions.
By Davie Huynh and Kayla Davis
I am one of a kind:
My thoughts,
My actions,
My personality,
I am me.
From the top of my head,
to the tips of my toes.
No one else can compare.
My existence,
growing and changing with time.

My one in a billion chance,
this life I was given
My social life which I have striven
I am myself!
And I am very hard to find.
All the problems I face,
I have overcome them,
solving them with grace.
And that is why,
I am one in a kind!



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Hello there
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