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Lang Leav - Wallflower

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on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of Lang Leav - Wallflower

Wallflower
Shrinking in the corner,
pressed into the wall;
do they know I'm present,
am I here at all?

Is there a written rule book,
that tells you how to be-
all the right things to talk about-
that everyone has but me

Slowly I am withering-
a flower deprived of sun;
longing to belong to,
somewhere or someone.

-Lang Leav
Why was it named 'Wallflower'?
Definition: a person who, because of shyness, unpopularity, or lack of a partner, remains at the side at a party or a dance.
-talks about being left out
-in the corner
-not being acknowledge by anyone (ignored)
-does not know how to fit in, but wants to fit in

Archetype

-­­­'A flower deprived of sun'
life & death - she's 'dying' to fit in, be accepted and have friends
Imagery

-'Shrinking in the corner,
pressed into the wall'
-'a flower deprived of sun'
(picture her alone in the corner)
(picture a dying flower)
Figurative language
-'slowly I am withering'

(a person cannot wither because it is the action of shriveling or fading)
Rhymes
-second and fourth line from each stanza always rhyme
-wall and all (first stanza)
-be and me (second stanza)
Assonance
-sun and someone (third stanza)
Structure
-cute little stanzas
-second, third and fourth line tabbed back
-didn't end the phrase (comas, dash, semi-colon)
-tense: present
What is the poem about?
-talks about being left out at social events
-being 'invisible'
-not having many friends or none at all
-not being the cool/popular kid who everyone wants to be around
-not knowing how to fit in
-being lonely and craving affection
How do I know this?
-the phrases
-"do they know I'm present, am I here at all?"
-"written rule book... that everyone has but me?"
-"longing to belong to, somewhere or someone"

The mood
-Depressing/sad
Why?
-Throughout the entire poem, she is talking about how she doesn't fit in with the other kids/is lonely - sad/depressing
-"slowly I am withering - a flower deprived of sun": - form of suffering
-need of 'sun' (happiness)

What do you think the author is trying to say?
-that she really needs friends
-she's lonely

About her?
About others?
-talk to the kid who's alone
-try to be their friends
-there are more people like this then you think
-it could make their day
Things that influenced her writing
-was raised in a 'drug capital' of Cabramatta, a Sydney suburb
-pure pressure (almost dragged in - parents and ambitions)
-she was foreign
-can affect some people (bullying)
-born in a refugee camp in Thailand (parents fled from the genocidal Rhumer Rouge)
Fun facts!!
-released her book 'Love & Misadventure' in 2003 - book with 75 of her original poems
-favorite authors: John Green, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Path, Charles Bukowski...
-posted her poems on Tumblr for fun and would wake up with tons of notes (started her poetry career)

-studied design (university of new south wales) - dropped out
-released a Gothic clothing label, Akina, in 2005. Sold in Australia and Harajaku in Japan
always ^
JOHN GREEN JOHN GREEN
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