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The Rider by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Belive Vue

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of The Rider by Naomi Shihab Nye

Title The title of the poem, "The Rider", made me think that the poem would be about the life of a race car driver. Paraphrase I once was told that I can leave my loneliness behind if only I could go fast enough. Sure enough I tried it, surprisingly and invigoratingly it had worked She had used personification in this poem twice. The first one was, "...if he roller roller-skated fast enough his loneliness couldn't catch up to him...". The second one was, "... pink petals that have never felt loneliness..." These two lines give "loneliness" a physical appearance or presence. Figurative Devices By Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Nye was born on March 12, 1952
She spent most of her teenage years in Jerusalem
Which was where she got most of her inspiration for her poems
Naomi said that “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” Naomi Nye The Rider Attitude The poem gives a feel of the authors loneliness and a desperate need for something more. Shifts She shifts from curiosity into desperation and from desperation into a giddy and joyful mood. " What I wonder tonight
pedaling hard down King William Street is if it translates to bicycles" "A Victory! To leave your loneliness
panting behind you on some street corner
while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas..." Title (part 2) Theme Now I think she named the poem after the roller-skater, who had given her the advice. You can always get away from your pain or loneliness but you must work for it, you must "pedal hard". Works Sited http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/naomi-shihab-nye
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