Just Me, Myself, and I!
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My Name What does my name mean? My name means illuminating and shining. Am I this illuminating or shining person? Do I stand out more than others? What are characteristics of this type of person? This type of person is not afraid to stand out and it very conﬁdent. Someone who doesn’t ﬁt in with everyone else and is okay with that. I asked a few of my friends if the meaning of my name ﬁts who I am and they all agreed that my personality ﬁts the meaning of my name. They see my name, and me like bright, shining stars on a dark night. If I were to ask myself this question I would say that I am always smiling and trying the make others happy but not quite this illuminating and shining person. Someone illuminating and shining would be quite diﬀerent from my qualities.. Above I mentioned that someone with that type of personality is very conﬁdent and isn’t afraid to stand out. I think that this quite the opposite of who I am not someone who likes to stand out. I always try my very best to blend in with the crowd. Do I like my name? If I think about it, I really like the way my name sounds. I also really like the meaning to it. Something that I don’t like about my name is how many other people have the same one as me. I have met and known people with the same name as me and it makes me feel as if I am the same person as them. I want a bright name, were people actually think when they hear my name. I feel like names should represent who you are as a person, but if more than one person has the same name as you, it makes you feel like you are just like everyone else. When I sat down and talked to my parents about my name, they said that I was named a'er our spiritual leader’s wife, Her Highness Princess Inaara. I think this is why so many other people have the same name as me. But this made me feel like my name was more special considering I was named a'er a Princess. When my parents named me, they wanted me to grow up as an illuminating and enlightening person, someone who would help others. I think this is also an excellent way to explain me. I do enjoy helping people because it makes me feel proud of myself. This aﬀects my identity because I like to help people and this makes me a good person.
Dedication This is dedicated to my parents who were always and still there for me when I need them...o
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Poem By: Joyce Ebrecht
Analysis: Whether I am in B.C. or Mexico, the beach is somewhere I can release all my nega<ve energy. Some music and sun is just what does it for me. Each line on each stanza starts the same way (line 1 on all stanza are the same). You can also no<ce that the last lines of each stanza are diﬀerent. But when you read only those lines all together, it sounds like a poem itself about love. Some metaphors that she uses are things like saying that “love is strong” and “holding hands with happiness.”
Little Joys These little joys Will keep me moving No one can take them away. This tiny heart Will keep on ticking No one can stop it anyway.
Poem by: tirupathi Chandrupatla Analysis: The author did a very good job with using metaphors. For example, he explained how little joys keep him moving and how no one can take those ‘little joys’ away. He also says how “this tiny heart will keep on ticking.” This poem is a very short for inspiring poem. It is talking about how little joys keep him moving and no one can take those joys away from him. I can relate to this because I go through a lot of bad moments in life but it is the little joys that keep me up and moving.
I was seven years old, when I got my first pair And I stepped outside And I was like, "Momma, this air bubble right here, it's gonna make me fly" I hit back-court and when I jumped, I jumped, I swear I got so high I touched the net, "Mom, I touched the net," this is the best day of my life
Air Max's were next, That air bubble, that mesh The box, the smell, the stuffin', the tread, At school I was so cool I knew that I couldn't crease 'em My friends couldn't afford 'em Four stripes on their Adidas On the court I wasn't the best, but my kicks were like the pros Yo, I stick out my tongue so everyone could see that logo Nike Air Flight, but that was so dope And then my friend Carlos' brother got murdered for his Fours*, whoa See he just wanted a jump shot, but they wanted his Starter coat, though Didn't wanna get caught, from Genesee Park to Othello You could clown for those Pro Wings, with the Velcro Those were not tight I was trying to fly without leaving the ground, Cause I wanted to be like Mike, right Wanted to be him, I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to touch the rim I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in, I wanted what he had, America, it begins I want to fly Can you take me far away? Give me a star to reach for Tell me what it takes And I'll go so high I'll go so high My feet won't touch the ground I stitch my wings And pull the strings I bought these dreams That all fall down We want what we can't have, commodity makes us want it So expensive, damn, I just got to flaunt it Got to show 'em, so exclusive, this that new shit A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes I would never hoop in Look at me, look at me, I'm a cool kid I'm an individual, yeah, but I'm part of a movement My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
Photo credits: Inaara Kanji They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said Look at what that swoosh did See it consumed my thoughts Are you stupid, don't crease 'em, just leave 'em in that box Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk That's my air bubble and I'm lost if it pops We are what we wear, we wear what we are But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all Will I stand for change or stay in my box These Nikes help me define me, but I'm trying to take mine off
I want to fly Can you take me far away? Give me a star to reach for Tell me what it takes And I'll go so high I'll go so high My feet won't touch the ground I stitch my wings And pull the strings I bought these dreams That all fall down It started out with what I wear to school That first day, like these are what make you cool And this pair, this would be my parachute So much more than just a pair of shoes Nah, this is what I am What I wore, this is the source of my youth This dream that they sold to you For a hundred dollars and some change Consumption is in the veins And now I see it's just another pair of shoes
Analysis: This is one of my favorite songs written and rapped Macklemore. Even though this is not a poem in the traditional sense, there was a good use of literary elements, such as metaphors. And example would be, “this air bubble right here, its gonna make me fly / Consumption is in the vein.” These two lines really enforce the message that the song is trying to give out. In the chorus Macklemore uses parallelism. He starts off each sentence in that stanza saying, “I wanted to… I wanted to… I wanted to…” Since this is a song, Macklemore wanted to use parallelism to make it catchy and have rhythm. The song “Wing$” is about the pursuit of identity through the means of consumerism, using logos, labels and brands to make you happy. This song is also about going for your dreams and never giving up.
Poem by: Lucille Clifton Analysis: This poem had a lot of great parts. I really liked the use of metaphors. For example, “these hips have never been enslaved/these hips are magic hips.” This really helped emphasize the message of the poem, which I think is about not leQng your ﬂaws geQng in the way of what you love to do. This would be the theme. The way I would see the poem’s tone would be conﬁdence because the poem is sending a message to be conﬁdent to maUer what. There also was a lot of parallelism being used. The sentences started a lot with “these hips.” At the end, the author uses a simile when she says “spin him like a top.” Lucille CliWon has made a simple but powerful poem that really speaks to me.
Mother I love you Mother you taught me How to walk Mother you taught me How to talk Mother you showed me How to move Mother you showed me How to love Mother you taught me How to give Mother you taught me How to live Mother you made me What I am Mother I love you Here I am
Analysis: My mom has always been with me through everything in life. This poem represents the relationship with my mother and it explains how my mother made me who I am today, The poet starts every second with “Mother you” and the rest with “how to”. A metaphor is used in the 13th and 14th line, “Mother you made me what I am.” She made me Who I am today instead of what I am. The theme I got form this poem was that mothers are always there for you and they teach you the right form wrong. The words after “Mother you” were always “taught” or “showed” which really says a lot about the theme. Overall, I really enjoyed this poem and found that it really spoke to me. Poem by: Rebecca Paul Photo credits: Ashif Kanji
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Analysis: Through this poem you can easily see the frustra<on of the poet of our society and how she feels. She used quite of few poe<c elements. Some metaphors she used were, “somedays, I feel like leaving this world/ the feeling of being alone, no one by your side/I feel like I’m falling in a deep dark hole.” She uses repe<<on when she says pain three <mes. She uses parallelism twice when she starts oﬀ the sentence with “this feeling” and “where people.” The tone of this poem would be very sad and mellow. It seems like a very slow poem.
Poem by: Inaara Kanji
Through this poem, it is obvious that the author ﬁnds music inspiring to her. Music is a big part of her life and it keeps her up and going. She uses parallelism throughout the whole poem by star<ng oﬀ each sentence saying “Music is not something that…” In the last sentence she breaks the parallelism by star<ng the sentence oﬀ in a diﬀerent way. The author did a good job with using line length the make the poem into a shape (a music note). Music is something that I can really connect to but with a beat! That’s is why at the end, she says, “But it is music that speaks my words.” Poem by: Inaara Kanji
He is... Being just fourteen and falling in love Our relationship makes my life complete A little angel sent from high above I might as well give him a tasty treat He is my adorable pride and joy He takes all the worries out of my life My, oh my, how he is just the best boy Always peace and harmony, never strife He treats me with respect and loyalty Makes me happy, joyful and always smile He makes me feel like I am royalty This boy also makes everything worthwhile This dog named Buddy, oh I love so much He is very furring, and loves to ruff
Analysis: The poet started off with making the readers think that the dog was a man that she very much loved. Then at the rhyming couplet, she reveled that it was only a dog after all. The theme of this poem would be the love for her dog and how they love each other. The poet uses an abab rhyming scheme and at the rhyming couplet uses two rhymes in a row. She does this so that the readers do not loose interest of the poem and so that there is a little bit of rhythm. She also uses some metaphors like, “He makes me feel like I’m royalty/a little angel sent from above/out relationship makes my life complete.” The author was trying to express the love for her dog and she was trying to explain that even though the love for her dog isn’t a big deal to everyone else, it is sure a big deal for her. Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji
Analysis: School is very important to the poet and it is were all her memories are made. Inaara uses a conceit when saying, “to me, school is a ticket to a better life.” The poet used this conceit to emphasize how much she enjoys and takes school seriously. She also uses an allusion when saying, “listen to Macklemore music.” Inaara uses parallelism when starts off her sentences with the word, “to” The poem did not use a rhyming scheme but she did rhyme when saying, “we get friends, friends that are there till the end.” Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo credits: Jennifer Belcher
Summer only comes once a year and it feels like it flies by. I chose this poem because Summer is my favourite time of the year and I miss it very much. Like in traditional haikus, the author did include some sort of punctuation and a season; Summer. She also uses some metaphors like, “sun falls on my skin” and “fresh warm breeze flows through my hair.” She also had each line with 5,7 and 5 syllables.
Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji
All About Me How do people view me? People see my identity in very different ways but through my poems, I show them what my identity really is. “In school we learn, learn new things everyday, we get friends, friends that are there till the end,” my favorite line from the poem, “In school” how over the years, school has impacted who I am. This and many other poems I chose to put in my anthology shows you I am and what my identity looks like. Most of the poems in my anthology are about enjoyment and entertainment. Not only did these poems talk about things that I enjoy but they also talk about how that affects a lot of things in my life. One of the poems is about enjoying at the beach. For me, I do enjoy a lot at the beach but it also takes all the stress out of my mind and relaxes me significantly. A lot of my other poems are about love. Love to my family, friends and even music! “Thanks for loving me to no end, Thanks for being my loving mother, Thanks for being my thoughtful friend.” This is a line from my absolute favorite poem, “Thanks a lot, Mom.” This is a poem that really explains how gracious I am for my mom and what she has done for me throughout my life. “But it is Music that speaks my words,” a line from the poem “But it is Music…” This piece of poetry is also about love, but not love for a person. This poem represents my identity because it explains desire for music. Most of my poems are all positive but I do have some poems written about some struggles of life. “This feeling of being alone, no one by your side” from the poem, “This Feeling.” This piece of poetry explains how I feel when I am upset. It explains how I feel about our world today and the society that we live in, where people don’t accept you for who you are. This is more of a sad poem and different people have different emotions when reading it. I personally, can connect to this because it represents my identity. Summer. A time that I can relieve my mind from stress. This is my favorite time of the year and I can relate to a poem called, “Summer Vibe.” This connects to another poem called “Beach Chairs.” I can connect to these two poems in the same way. It is a stress-free time where I can just kick back and relax. This is also the time where I get to do all of my thinking and release negative energy. “He takes all the worries out of my life.” This is quote from the poem, “He Is…” This rhyme starts off by having the readers think that “he” is a man, but at the rhyming couplet, the author reveals that the man is actually a dog that she loves very much. A message that I can really connect to is the one given out in the poem, “Homage to my Hips.” The message that this poem is trying to give out would be that no matter what you look like on the outside, shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love to do and expressing your inside. One of the poems I chose wasn’t a traditional poem. This is actually a song, but still considered poetry. This song is called “Wing$”, which is one of my favorite songs. Consumerism is what takes over this world today and what this poem talks about. It is saying how labels do not represent who you are and how money can’t buy happiness. “Little Joys” is a short and sweet poem talking about how only the little joys in life keep them going. Through this, I hope you understand who I am and my identity!
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