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Fourth Quarter: 4. P6 Poetic License on CommonLit Due April 29 by 10 p.m.  

Poetry sometimes feels as if it’s a different language. The stanzas are paragraphs; the similes and metaphors require connections; the rhythm can be hard to follow. Other times, the beauty of poetry can be overwhelmingly awesome.

You decide what you’re feeling from one of these three poems. Go to:

  1. https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/what-teachers-make?search_id=19961501
  2. https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud?search_id=19961759
  3. https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/i-ask-my-mother-to-sing?search_id=19961862

Then, note the title of your poem (in quotation marks), the poet’s name (spelled and capitalized correctly), and pick a line that stands out to you. Type (or cut-and-paste) the line; note why you chose that line (or lines). Make sure you pay attention to figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole). No more than two of the same line please.


I really liked Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make” because it speaks to my passion and frustration for teaching. Line 35 that referenced “the noblest act of courage” was powerful in its hyperbole.

Posted by obriengl On 22 April, 2019 at 5:57 PM  7 Comments

Ms. O'Brien (Guest) said On 30 April, 2019 at 7:32 AM
I appreciate your comments on these poems.   
yalikejaazzz (Guest) said On 30 April, 2019 at 7:28 AM
I chose the poem “I ask my mother to sing,” by Li Young Lee. I chose the line, “mother and daughter sing like young girls.” The reason I chose this line is because it puts an image in my eyes of someone singing and growing younger as they do. The figurative language is a simile, comparing mother and daughter to little girls  
icesk8ter (Guest) said On 29 April, 2019 at 5:15 PM
I enjoyed the poem "I ask my mother to sing?" the stanza I like the most is " But I love to hear it sung how the waterlilies fill with rain until they overturn, spilling water into water, then rock back, and fill with more." this stanza, to me, is very emotional sounding. As if it represents somebody's emotions giving in to finally let out those first few tears, just to be filled with more sadness again.   
Pinecactus16 (Guest) said On 28 April, 2019 at 8:52 PM
I liked "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud" by William Wordsworth because the poem gave me a perfect image of a cloud going on an adventure over flowers in a my head. A line that stood out in the poem for me was "fluttering and dancing in the breeze."   
Jewish Boy (Guest) said On 28 April, 2019 at 6:26 PM
I Liked "What Teachers Make" by Taylor Mali. The line I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A-­ feel like a slap in the face. This line helps me visualize how this teacher teaches to his students individual needs and helps his students grow and learn.   
Idontknowmyname (Guest) said On 26 April, 2019 at 1:48 PM
I enjoyed “I wondered as a lonely cloud” by William Wordsworth. I likes the imagery in the book of the clouds on and adventure. A line that stands out to me is “fluttering and dancing in the breeze.   
HeatMiser1 (Guest) said On 24 April, 2019 at 9:03 PM
I enjoyed "I Wandered As a Lonely Cloud" by William Wordsworth because it gives me a wonderful image of a cloud going on an adventure over grand fields of flowers. The picture as well as line four helped me create this image.  
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