POETRY CORNERRead the poem of the week. Feel free to make comments by
clicking on the COMMENTS on the Poetry Blog page. Appropriate
Lost and Found by Ted Scheu
- * What's mood (the overall feeling of the poem).
- * What the tone (the voice you imagine the poem is read in such as angry,
- shy, happy)?
* Its meaning--in your opinion.
* How does it make you feel?
* Discuss the poetic devices that you notice (rhyme, rhythm, alliteration,
- repetition, onomatopoeia, figurative language, etc.)
This morning, Mom reminded me
to check the Lost and Found.
So just to make her happy,
I took a look around.
The box was like a stinky mouth,
whose grin was dark and wide.
I gulped and took a monster breath
then reached my arm inside.I dug around without a sound
through swirls of clothes and dirt.
To my delight, the box spit out
my favorite soccer shirt.I peered a little deeper down,
and there, to my surprise,
a little face gazed up at me
with wide and eager eyes.
I took a triple-double take
and saw it was my sister.
It’s sad to think—for several weeks,
we hadn’t even missed her.
This poem, which appears at the base of the Statue of Liberty, offers America as a beacon of hope for immigrants seeking a better life.The New Colossus (Audio)by Emma Lazarus
- Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
- With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
- Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
- A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
- Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
- Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
- Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
- The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
- "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
- With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
- Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
- The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
- Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
- I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
- Identify the metaphors (unlikely comparison not using “like” or “as”) in the poem. Statue of Liberty = “Mother” America = ”golden door”
- What is the rhyme scheme for stanza 1 and stanza 2? abbaabba cdcdcd
- Find at least two examples of alliteration. What lines are alliterated? Lines 3 & 7
- What did the poem make you think about the immigrants coming to America? Answers will vary.
- Which line from the poem best helps the reader understand the meaning of “refuse” in line 13?
- Look at the dictionary entry for the word “exiles”. Which definition best fits the way “exiles” is used in line 6?
- What is a possible theme for the last stanza of the poem? America welcomes all that the old world doesn’t want.