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Willow & Ginkgo

8th Grade ELA

veronica guzman

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Willow & Ginkgo

-The Ocean -A Tree -The Sky
by Eve Merriam
My eyes feast upon the willow,
But my heart goes to the ginkgo.
Simile: Willow and Ginkgo
Think about how you would describe...
Tuesday March 18, 2014
by Eve Merriam
Spiral Page 27
Painting pictures with words
Group Work...

Have you ever seen the movie
version of a book you've already

How do authors or poets create
images in their writing?
Group 1: Find 2 Similes in Stanza 1 & describe what is being compared

Group 2: Find 2 Similes in Stanza 2 & who they are comparing

Group 3: Find 4 Similes in Stanza 3 & describe the images they create

Group 4: Find 2 End Rhymes in Stanza 4 & 1 Internal Rhyme in Stanza 5

Group 5: Find personification for Stanza 4, 1 simile, 1 example of alliteration

Group 6: Find 1 Simile & 2 forms of Personification in Stanza 5
Willow & Ginkgo
How can words create pictures?
The willow is like an etching,
Fine-lined against the sky.
The ginkgo is like a crude sketch,
Hardly worthy to be signed.

The willow’s music is like a soprano,
Delicate and thin.
The ginkgo’s tune is like a chorus
With everyone joining in.

The willow is sleek as a velvet-nosed calf,
The ginkgo is leathery as an old bull.
The willow’s branches are like silken thread;
The ginkgo’s like stubby rough wool.

The willow is like a nymph with streaming hair;
Wherever it grows, there is green and gold and fair.
The willow dips to the water,
Protected and precious, like the king’s favorite daughter.

The ginkgo forces its way through gray concrete;
Like a city child, it grows up in the street.
Thrust against the metal sky,
Somehow it survives and even thrives.

My eyes feast upon the willow,
But my heart goes to the ginkgo.
Willow Characteristics
Ginkgo Characteristics
willow is everything the
ginkgo is not
not the "prettiest"
has problems
survives and thrives against all odds
Type: Lyric Poem

Form: Traditional

Speaker: Someone who believes beauty is
skin deep
Meaning or Theme?

Is the speaker really talking about Trees here?!! REALLY? REALY?

Different meaning for everyone what is yours?

Remember... poems don't tell you what they say in words...
Possible Meaning/Themes
Spiral page 26
Beauty is not EVERYTHING,
It's the inside that counts.

It is better to beat the odds and go through
struggles than to live your life without learning
from hardships

a person with all the odds against them can
rise up from their situation and become a
Graceful, grow near water
300 species, planted for their beauty
Bark Sap has Salicylic Acid
survivor from the past
short, thicker shape
resist wind and snow damage
the female ginkgo trees
have an unpleasant aroma
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