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In There Somewhere

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vanessa boers

on 4 March 2014

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Transcript of In There Somewhere

Vanessa, Emma, Chantel, Sam
In There Somewhere
Don't be ignorant or rude about different cultures.
The lady tourist is joking about how the Beothuks could still be there and all the other tourists laugh with her.

“I could not laugh at what the lady tourist said. Why should I scorn a little ignorance of Newfoundland geography?”

“I could not laugh because they are still in there somewhere.”
Explanation of Title:
The title “In There Somewhere” talks about how the Beothuks presence/spirits are still there on the island.
What we found interesting about the poem "In There Somewhere" is the way that the narrator felt the presence/spirits of the Beothuks in the woods. By this the author creates a sense of mourning for the Beothuks who were wiped out of the homes in the woods. We found that the phrase "Somebody laughs at her and it rattles like the chains of beaver traps" interesting because it shows how the tourists were making fun of the idea that the presence of the Beothuks were still in the woods. Imagery developed in the poem was the phrase ' long bake apple hills' because it illustrates that the hills were full of bake apple trees. The 'great wooden bowl' could represent a valley. In the poem it says "slow dawns are caught in a great wooden bowl".
Literary Devices (and explanation of effect)

~ “and it rattles like the chains of beaver traps”
used to describe their laughter
beaver traps tie in with the Beothuk culture
~ “and slow dawns are caught in great wooden bowls”
meaning: sunsets set in the valleys
creates a happy tone/ beautiful picture
~ “And the moon is always a moving canoe across blue acres of the night”
canoe ties in with the Beothuk culture
night symbolizes death, just as the Beothuks are dead

“in there somewhere”
the title
foreshadows to the narrator's thoughts
tour guide, tourists, children of Beothuks (spirits)
narrator refused to laugh and found this rude/ignorant

Definitions of critical words

: a member of an extinct North American Indian people of Newfoundland.
: severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance.
: quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
: a fruit that smells like apple pie on a sunny day; a.k.a. cloudberry
This picture is a good visual of the poem because it shows an empty forest that the Beothuks could of lived in at one point but now all there is is their presence.
Question: Do you agree with the author's opinion that you should not be rude about other cultures or is it okay?
Answer: I think that it is not okay to make fun of other cultures especially in their own home because they are no different from any other person, they're still human.
"What if the Beothuks are not all dead?
Suppose a group of them
were wise enough to hide
somewhere deep in the island's interior?"

"Just think....
they could still be
in there somewhere!"

Somebody laughs at her
and it rattles like the chains
of beaver traps.

I could not laugh
at what the lady tourist said.
Why should I scorn
a little ignorance
(or call it what you will)
of Newfoundland geography?
Besides, I know that
deep within my island
there are austere voices
in the August birch
and slow dawns are caught
in great wooden bowls
where the meek still inherit.
And a moon is always
a moving canoe
across blue acres of the night.

And a child is always
in the splash of white water
down the long bakeapple hills.

I could not laugh
because they are
in there
In There Somewhere
Tom Dawe Is a writer born October 24 1940 in Long Pond Newfoundland, and is one of Newfoundlands most distinguished poets. He finished school with a bachelors degree in arts, He became an English professor, now retired. Tom is an artist in many areas, not just poetry. He draws, paints, and writes children's books. He continues to be known as one of the bests poets of his generation.
Structure: This poem does not flow, or rhyme in any way. But certain phrases are accented. Such as Still, In there, and Somewhere, are all on separate lines, exaggerating their importance/the climax. The poem does not rhyme, or flow, but it still expresses more emotion and power than a regular story. It feels like each separate line could be said individually/be its own thought. It is not what you expect a poem to be, but it made certain thoughts and phrases stand out and have more meaning.
Question: Who could the Beothuks be, and what does the author think of them?
Answer: A Native American group on a small island in newfoundland. And he tis interested, but keeps a serious mindset when thinking about them.
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