Explain the message of each poem and the basic ideas the poems share.
On being asked, Whence is the flower?
In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals fallen in the pool
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being;
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask; I never knew;
But in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there, brought you.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
O nature I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy quire,
To be a meteor in the sky
Or comet that may range on high,
Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low,
Give me thy most privy place
Where to run my airy race.
In some withdrawn unpublic mead
Let me sigh upon a reed,
Or in the woods with leafy din
Whisper the still evening in,
For I had rather be thy child
And pupil in the forest wild
Than be the king of men elsewhere
And most sovereign slave of care
To have one moment of thy dawn
Than share the city’s year forlorn.
Some still work give me to do
Only be it near to you.
-Henry David Thoreau
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
In the first book of Sharon M. Draper's trilogy Andy Jackson, the star basketball player, finds himself is a situation where he is responsible for the death of his friend due to drinking. As you read Draper’s book you can hear the sounds of the accident along with visualize the burning of the car. Andy is faced with real problems and must try and deal with his friend’s death and the consequences. Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper is a must read for all high school students.
Posted by Sue Fitzgerald at 11:09 AM