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Poetry: Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser

Students will read the Abandoned Farmhouse and complete an origami activity.

Cindy Haltom

on 18 May 2011

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Transcript of Poetry: Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser

Abandoned Farmhouse
Ted Kooser
He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed
in an upstairs room; and a good, God-fearing man,
says the Bible with a broken back
on the floor below the window, dusty with sun,
but not a man for farming, say the fields
cluttered with boulders and the leaky barn. Assignment Answer the following questions. What happened to the family? Was the child male or female?
Support your answer. Give 2 examples of personification.
What is the meaning of each? We will write a similar poem about your home.
We will use a piece of paper to form a house (origami).
We will place the poem inside the house. Activities: A woman lived with him, says the bedroom wall
papered with lilacs and the kitchen shelves
covered with oilcloth, and they had a child
says the sandbox made from a tractor tire.
Money was scarce, say the jars of plum preserves
and canned tomatoes sealed in the cellar-hole,
and the winters cold, say the rags in the window frames.
It was lonely here, says the narrow gravel road. Something went wrong, says the empty house
in the weed-choked yard. Stones in the fields
say he was not a farmer, the still-sealed jars
in the cellar say she left in a nervous haste.
And the child? Its toys are strewn in the yard
like branches after a storm-a rubber cow,
a rusty tractor with a broken plow,
a doll in overalls. Something went wrong, they say. The Dust Bowl
1931-1939 Out of the Dust

by Karen Hesse Abandoned Farmhouse
Ted Kooser
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