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Starfish by Lorna Dee Cervantes

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Lindy Oliver

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Starfish by Lorna Dee Cervantes

Lorna Dee Cervantes Starfish Starfish Theme Title Word Choice They were lovely in the quartz and jasper sand
As if they had created terrariums with their bodies
On purpose; adding sprigs of seaweed, seashells,
white feathers, eel bones, miniature
mussels, a fish jaw. Hundreds; no-
thousands of baby stars. We touched them,
surprised to find them soft, pliant, almost
living in their attitudes. We would dry them, arrange them,
Form seascapes, geodesics...We gathered what we could
In the approaching darkness. then we left hundreds of
thousands of flawless five-fingered specimens sprawled
Along he beach as far as we could see, all massed
Together: little martyrs, soldiers, artless suicides
In lifelong liberation from the sea. So many
Splayed hands, the tide shoveled in. Speaker Lorna Dee Cervantes About Lorna Dee Cervantes 1. Lorna started poetry at the age of 3 and had already created a collection at age 15.

2. She was born in San Jose, California in 1954.

3. Lorna is currently teaching at the University of Colorado. This poem is all about your imagination.
You have to imagine all the starfish in the sand
making their homes. The title of the poem is Starfish.
It's called this because you are getting
the allusion that you are on the beach,
looking at dozens of little starfish. Tone Importance to society Definitions Rhyme Scheme and Pattern The tone of the poem is very soft and soothing, because the speaker is trying to make you feel as if you are on the beach. The speaker is the author of the poem. The poem is a free verse and doesn't have any special pattern. The poem does not rhyme. The poem teaches you to use your imagination. Pliant- Easily bent.
geodesics- Interlocking
Martyrs- People who choose to die rather than give up there beliefs.
Artless- Simple
Splayed- Spread Out Difficulty I think the poem is a little difficult when you first read it. There is a lot of tough words in it and a couple of the lines are difficult to understand. The author used scientific words to describe the ocean. She also used a lot of descriptive words to describe the starfish. The poem uses imagery because the author is trying to make you feel like you're at the beach. The poem includes a metaphor.

Together: little martyrs, soldiers, artless suicides
In lifelong liberation from the sea. The poem used exaggeration.
"Then we left hundreds of
thousands of flawless five-fingered specimens sprawled
Along he beach as far as we could see." Figurative Language
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