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Transcript of Poetry

Hailey Grant
Meghyn Turcotte
Our Favourite Poems
Poems We Wrote
One Inch Tall
By: Shel Silverstein
Green Eggs and Ham
By: Dr. Seuss

If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.
A crumb of cake would be a feast
And last you seven days at least,
A flea would be a frightening beast
If you were one inch tall.

If you were only one inch tall, you'd walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the store.
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You'd swing upon a spider's thread,
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

You'd surf across the kitchen sink upon a stick of gum.
You couldn't hug your mama, you'd just have to hug her thumb.
You'd run from people's feet in fright,
To move a pen would take all night,
(This poem took fourteen years to write
'Cause I'm just one inch tall).
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount Quebec. Leonard is a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. He uses his artistic, creative talents to address important ideas such as religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. His incredible work has made him a Companion of the Order of Canada, which is the nation's highest civilian honor, Leonard also received a Prince of Asturias Award for literature and has earned his place in the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Cohen had interested audiences for four decades and is even considered fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late '60s. Leonard's controversial, eyeopening pieces are refreshing and unique which is why he has had great success for such a long time and many of his songs are still listened to today.
Hailey Grant
Meghyn Turcotte
Why Green Eggs and Ham is my Favourite Poem

Dr. Seuss is a known world-wide excellent children book`s author. When i first heard the poem ``Green Eggs and Ham`` I related to it very well. My parent used to sit with me every night before i went to bed and read me stories. Still to this day, ``Green Eggs and Ham.`` is my favourite poem. As a child I used to be a very picky eater and I would not like to eat anything at all. I relay to this book very well and my other always used to read it to me when i refused to eat something and said ``If he tried it and liked it, you never know if you don't like it if you don't try it!`` Today is it a symbol of my childhood and Dr. Seuss inspires me because he uses so many different literary devices in such an easy way i use his work to set an example for my own.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and died 87 years later on September 24th, 1991 in La Jolla, California. Geisel attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1925. Throughout college, Theodor wrote many stories and poems because he has an amazing imagination. One day in college, the dean caught him and nine other friend drinking gin in their dorms which lead to them not being able to participate in any extracurricular activities which included the college humor magazine which was where most of his work was published. Giesel did not want to stop writing so secretly, he continued to write stories and poem but signed them under “Seuss”. The name caught on and eventually just became his normal name which is why he now uses “Dr.Seuss” for the author’s name.
After Dartmouth, Theodor attended Lincoln College hoping to get a PhD in english literature but one of his classmates, Helen Palmer encouraged him to go public with his poems and stories. Upon graduating Lincoln with his degree, he immediately submitting his work to magazines, book publishers and advertising agencies. After being successful with one cartoon called “Eminent Europeans.” he decided to move to NYC. There alongside his new wife Helen, they started his career publishing his work in a magazine called “Judge.” Theodor continues to write cartoons, story and poems which soon got lots of attention and were read by comedians such as Fred Allen and Jack Benny.
He was so successful he decided to start doing children books. At the age of 10, he wrote his very first poem called “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street” and using that as his base, he wrote best sellers such as “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” Dr. Seuss is a non-wide author who helps young and old people about poems.

Would you eat them
in a box?
Would you eat them
with a fox?

Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Not in a house.
Not with a mouse.
I would not eat them here or there.
I would not eat them anywhere.
I would not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you? Could you?
in a car?
Eat them! Eat them!
Here they are.

I woould not ,
could not,
in a car

You may like them.
You will see.
You may like them
in a tree?
d not in a tree.
I would not, could not in a tree.
Not in a car! You let me be.

I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox
I do not like them in a house
I do mot like them with a mouse

Poetry is a written or spoken art, which uses literary and poetic devices to convey beautiful, imaginative and/or elevated thoughts. Poetry has been around for a very long time and you may not think about it often but it is part of your everyday life; in songs, quotes, company slogans and more. There are three different forms of poetry; narrative, the oldest type of poetry, lyric poetry, a personally expressive form of poetry, and dramatic, a form of poetry like a play which has more than one character’s point of view. Poetry is a unique, enjoyable form of art, which many people enjoy.
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Stanza 14

La Poésie

Je n’aime pas le poésie
C’est très difficile pour les petites filles

Les strophes, les lignes, les rimes et des vers
Trouver le sujet est comme trouver un roche dans une mer

Les poèmes pour les enfants sont plus facile a lire
Mais les rimes sont plus difficile a dire

Je n’aime pas le poésie
Car je suis une petite fille
Why/When I wrote this Poem and Who I wrote it for

When i was 12 years old, in my french class we did a unit on poetry. Much like our class now, we learnt different elements of literature and different poetic devices. Our first assignment to go with the poetry unit was to write a rhyming poem, in french about how we feel about poetry. At that time, i disliked it very much so i wrote a poem about how hard it is to write a poem. I wrote the poem “La Poésie” for my grade 7 teacher, Mr. Cupp.

At night
In an old house
Ancient time (we believe renaissance)
Somewhere a King ruled
The word
means God be praised. This ballad is about a very corrupted hallelujah about the biblical references to King David and his sacrifices and love life. The line "But you don't really care for music, do you" could make reference to when King David scarified everything he had, including his relationship with God for his wife but she did not care at all for anything he did.
Throughout every stanza, Leonard Cohen makes reference to a number of different scarifies King David made and the love he wished he had with his wife. In the biblical story of King David, he was so frustrated with his wife that he ended up murdering her. "She tied you to a kitchen chair She broke your throne, and she cut your hair" refers to his irritation and him killing his wife. The final two stanzas, we interrupt as King David, similar to the bible story, apologizing to God for all his mistakes he has committed and asking for praise by God.


In literature, mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions.

External Conflict: Character vs. Character
- Cannot please girl he is in love with
“ You don’t’ really care for music do you?”
“She tied you to a kitchen char, she broke your throne and she cut you hair.”
“Love is not a victory march”
“But now you never show it to me do you?”
“All I’ve ever learned from love is how to shoot somebody who withdrew you”

Internal Conflict: Character vs. Self
- Struggle with faith
“Maybe there’s a God above”
- Can not move on from the girl
Continues to explain his music after he states she doesn’t care for it
“I did my best it wasn’t much”
“I couldn’t feel so I tried to touch”
“And even when it all went wrong I’ll stand before the Lord of Song”

Conflict Definition In literature, a conflict is a literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces usually a protagonist and an antagonist. Internal and External Conflicts Careful examination of the succeeding conflict examples will help us realize conflicts.

Do you like
green eggs and ham

I do not like them,
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

Would you like them
Here or there?

I would not like them
here or there.
I would not like them
I do not like
green eggs and ham.
I do not like them,

Would you like them
in a house?
Would you like them
with a mouse?

I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am
Poetry is an art form which people use to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Poetry is not just poems. Songs, speeches, plays and books could all have elements of literature and poetic devices within them. Ballads, haikus, free verses, rhyming, lyrics and sonnets are all types of poetry which can be used to communicate to different audiences the author's idea's and emotions. One fact about the song "Hallelujah" is that Leonard Cohen wrote it by mistake. The song was meant to be about the world but some how he ended up writing a song about hallelujah. Leonard's song is a ballad which conveys his ideas about the true meaning of hallelujah and also incorporates many elements of literature and poetic devices.
In poetry, tone is the author or poet's attitude to their piece of writing
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago Illinois on September 25, 1930. in 1950 Shel Joined the army then served in Korea and Japan, during this time he became a cartoonist for stars and striped magazine. After this time the army was over, Shel drew cartoons for various magazines including Playboy magazine, which got Silverstien national recognition, from 1957 to the mid 70s his cartoons became quite popular; appearing in every Playboy magazine. While drawing for Playboy, Shel also started to explore other ways he could apply his creativity, such as writing music, and putting his poems in Playboy. Shel made his own cartoon book in 1995 called Take Ten, then went on to write several more, around this time he also went on to music; writing songs and recording many albums. Ursula Nordstrom, a book editor convinced Shel to start writing for children in 1963 and on short notice, Shel reacted and wrote

Shelby's Story of Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back,
followed by A Giraffe and a Half, and the
Giving Tree,
Shel Silverstein's most popular and most discussed children's book. The Giving Tree was sorrowful yet confusing with intent, because of this the book was turned down by many publishers but did end up being being published and is now world renown. Though Shel was known for his music, his work in children's literature made him unique and loved and in his later years of writing his two most memorable pieces were published:
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Missing Piece
. Shel even continued to write a few more books after those award winning pieces. Shel Silverstien passed in 1999 but left many articles of love, humor, happiness, sadness ans perspective on life, he will always be remembered for that.

Summer Haiku

All the children play
The earth is warmed by the sun
And the flowers grow

I wrote this poem in 2011 ( Grade 5) for a project about my favourite season (summer) which had to include a narrative, a drawing, 10 facts and a poem all about summer.
Why this is my favourite poem

“One Inch Tall” by Shel Silverstein is a poem about what it would be like to be one inch tall. This poem was my favourite poem as a child because it provided the idea of simple things being a lot more than they are by making you less. This poem opened my mind to wondering about what it would be like to be one inch tall and the things that would be different; every time someone read it to me I had new ideas so it never seemed boring or repetitive and the story didn’t end when though book was closed I wondered and imagined for days after. Also this poem differs from the more common assumption that being small would be very difficult and as a small child it was reassuring and exciting.

Why/When I wrote this Poem and Who I wrote it for
Biography on Dr. Seuss
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