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-With Identity Card With identity card I am moving here and there You are my identity card Without you no sky no bird.

gajanan mishra

The title in this poem made me want to read this because it was very interesting and I wondered what this would be about. This title “With Identity Card” was a very purposeful choice. That made the reader want to read it to find out what the meaning of this title was. You can change the Identity card part to a person's name even. The tone in this poem is gratitude mixed with a little dependance and my evidence is the last line. The message that the author was trying to send was that we are the little combinations of the people around us. There is symbol in this poem is “Identity Card” because the author is not referring to an actual identity card. This symbol is meaning for probably a special person who has shaped the identity of this person. On the line “Without you no sky no bird” that line refers to if this person was not in this author’s life, then he would not have an identity. This is very evident in the line “You are my identity card”. In the line “I am moving here and there” that the people he met in the different places did not affect his identity as much as this certain person. This poem did a very good job at “show don't tell” and made this poem more meaningful.

-Family Family is supposed to have your back, Family is supposed to know you, There are supposed to be no secrets with family, There are supposed to be no lies with family, Family is supposed to love each other unconditionally, Family is supposed to be there for you, There is supposed to be understanding in a family, There is supposed to be trust in a family, Family is supposed to be there for you, Family is supposed to understand. Violet Creek

This poem tone comes off to me as a little bitter, or a little whiney. This doesn't come off to me as a positive poem because this talks about suppose to in every single line. That is why it makes this poem have an effect of being whiney and bitter. This was an intentional choice I think because if the author had a good relationship with her family, why would she write this poem. There is definitely parallelism because in every line it starts with either family is suppose to or there are suppose to. The Theme in this poem is family. I wonder why the author doesn’t write they are suppose instead of there are suppose to. This does not add to the poem at all, this sort of hinders it.

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

1. The Road Not Taken TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

The topic on this poem is choices. This poem’s theme could either be about making the right choices even if people did not in the past. This could also mean that maybe the right choice is the most traveled. On line one “ TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood “ when I think yellow and two roads I think of The Wizard of Oz, so Frost might be alluding to the yellow brick road and the two paths. On the first two stanzas, Frost had rhymes in the poem that were not the end of the line. The poem had a neat rhythm with the three lines having flow and the last one not in the stanza. This was an intentional choice because the last one had the most impact on the reader.

January Wolf Crystals hang from burdened boughs Gems stain the lakes and rivers Morning fog engulf their fur Seeping deep despair into their shivers Linger softly, last night of winter Be kind to the wary and watchful Let earth's skin renew at their touch, Let rainbow hues sing through Come gently, come softly, come creeping Care for those ruled by January's moon Howls of sweet pitiful pain Full with luminous light they swoon Hunters of both moon and gather's light Seekers of both truth and clarity Beware the first wolf and it's January might Only they can be both alone and free Raven Syke

In this poem it talks about beware of nature. This author did a good job at making nature interesting. On the second last like “Beware the first wolf and its January might” it talks about being aware of the wild animals and there unpredictableness that is in store when in the wild. I was drawn to this poem at how descriptive this writer was.I was interested in this poem because I saw the interesting metaphors and descriptive writing. On line 2, “Gems stain the lakes and rivers” is a great example of the strong metaphors Syke has put in this poem. The tone that comes across in this poem is nervousness and isolation. I think the moral of this story is beware of the wild. On the last line “Only they can be both alone on free” I thought that this line was a very powerful end, and it is a great example of intentional writing.


BY BILLY COLLINS I am writing this on a strip of white birch bark that I cut from a tree with a penknife. There is no other way to express adequately the immensity of the clouds that are passing over the farms    and wooded lakes of Ontario and the endless visibility    that hands you the horizon on a platter.

I am also writing this in a wooden canoe, a point of balance in the middle of Lake Couchiching,    resting the birch bark against my knees.    I can feel the sun’s hands on my bare back,    but I am thinking of winter, snow piled up in all the provinces and the solemnity of the long grain-ships that pass the cold months moored at Owen Sound.

O Canada, as the anthem goes, scene of my boyhood summers, you are the pack of Sweet Caporals on the table,    you are the dove-soft train whistle in the night, you are the empty chair at the end of an empty dock.    You are the shelves of books in a lakeside cottage:    Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh,    A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson,    Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery, So You’re Going to Paris! by Clara E. Laughlin, and Peril Over the Airport, one

of the Vicky Barr Flight Stewardess series by Helen Wills whom some will remember as the author of the Cherry Ames Nurse stories. What has become of the languorous girls who would pass the long limp summer evenings reading Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse,    Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse, and Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse? Where are they now, the ones who shared her adventures    as a veterans’ nurse, private duty nurse, visiting nurse,    cruise nurse, night supervisor, mountaineer nurse,    dude ranch nurse (there is little she has not done),    rest home nurse, department store nurse,    boarding school nurse, and country doctor's nurse?

O Canada, I have not forgotten you, and as I kneel in my canoe, beholding this vision    of a bookcase, I pray that I remain in your vast, polar, North American memory. You are the paddle, the snowshoe, the cabin in the pines.    You are Jean de Brébeuf with his martyr’s necklace of hatchet heads. You are the moose in the clearing and the moosehead on the wall. You are the rapids, the propeller, the kerosene lamp.    You are the dust that coats the roadside berries.    But not only that. You are the two boys with pails walking along that road,    and one of them, the taller one minus the straw hat, is me.

This poem caught my eye because it was about Canada. This was obviously a free verse poem because it doesn’t have a rhyme scheme or certain line lengths. This author has the sense of loving his country, that was the theme of this poem. The author is writing about how he was in Ontario and on a farm. Ontario is the heart of Canada and Ontario is the mix between Quebec and the English speaking Canadians. The author grew up when most of Canada was farming. The author was talking about what made up Canada and that was essentially everything down to a speck of dirt.

Abby Tongue and face tongue and ear, loves to lick me when i'm near,happy that she is with us, doesn't put up any fuss,wants to wine, when she is not fine, as small as you can get, but she is the cutest thing i admit, loves to greet, wants to meet, everyone who steps in this door, she has soft brown fur, she runs past me like a mud blur, wags her tail two and fro, acts as though she doesn’t know lies on my lap, takes a nap,



has a key to my heart Poem by: Richard Bell

This poem is about the love between a dog and its owner. This is thing that most people can relate to because a lot of people have a pet.This concrete poem has a rhyming scheme of a,a,b,b. The poem then has an automatic rhythm and makes it fun and interesting. The poem is in a shape of a key because at the end of this poem the author talks about a key to the authors heart. This adds meaning to the poem because it makes the reader guess at what this poem is really about. This intentional choice allows the reader to find out what it is about instead of just a dog. This symbol is for the great love the dog has towards the author.

Sonnet: Time Keeps Ticking, Life Goes On apparently I have grown up a lot I couldn't even reach my bathroom sink I have changed since I was a little tot I went with the flow until I could think I don't even know who I was back then I was just a very innocent boy I wanted to be just like the men My whole goal in childhood was to annoy When you are young you want to be older When you are older you want to be young you look at your childhood in a folder you want to be younger but that is unsung ` Why does life have to be so hard breaking through outgrowing the old, bringing in the new

This poem has an a,b,a,b in all of the stanzas. It has g,g in the last couplet which makes it an english sonnet. Richard has done an interesting contrast between being young or being old. Most people are not happy what age they are at. I usually hear people talk about how you should be happy at where you are at in life. This poem hints on that but makes the reader think about it. In the third stanza When you are young you wanted to be older, when you are old you wanted to be younger; this line talked about how people are never satisfied.

A True Canadian I am a proud Canadian I play ice hockey I may not ride a polar bear to school It may not be winter all the time over here I may not have high hopes to be a mountie and incorporate “eh� in my sentences but I am a textbook stereotypical Canadian and this is my home and native land

This is in a free verse format and does not have any pattern in writing. This poem shows that the author loves being Canadian. The tone in this poem is gratitude because on the last verse Bell says that it is his home and native land. Bell incorporates some Due South stereotypes in this poem this is an allusion. Most of the stereotypes for Canadians are from that old tv show. There is also a verse from the Canadian anthem at the end. This is another allusion because if your Canadian, chances are that you know the anthem.

A Cat On Ice I am on the ice, waiting to pounce on the puck like a cat on yarn

This is an American version of a haiku with 5, 7, 5 format. The season word is ice and it seems Bell is talking about hockey. The cutting word part of the poem is the comma at the end of line 1. I can make an inference off of stereotypes that this person is located somewhere in Canada. If the reader knows anything about hockey then you can identify that Bell if talking about a hockey goalie. On line 3 the metaphor like a cat on yarn, adds to the poem because it creates a vivid picture.

Haiku Winter Wonderland walking in the freeze a still cold environment, A great light white breeze

This Haiku poem has an American version with the 5, 7, 5, so the writer is probably from North America. Since Bell is talking about the winter, it is implying that he is living in Canada or northern America. There was a rhyming scheme a,b,a, and adds to the poem by giving it automatically a rhythm making it more catchy and memorable.There was a kigo or season word implying throughout this poem referring to winter from the cold environment, light white breeze, and the freeze. The author has winter in this poem because he likes the season the most out of the four. It could be because he plays winter sports or he likes the cold and quiet. The cutting word or the kireji is the comma at the end of line two, this adds to the poem because it shows that the second line is not suppose to rhyme with the first or third.

Richard; that’s what I have been called every second of my life since birth. I wasn’t named after anyone that my parents knew. My parents just both liked the name Richard so thats what they named me. I’m pretty happy with my name because it has a good meaning and is not overly complicated. The meaning of Richard is brave, rule, power, hardy. I am named after brave and powerful kings like Richard The Lionhearted. I am named after great poets and scholars like Richard Wilbur. (I added a sentence because you commented and it was really easy to set up some parallelism) I am named after a president, Richard Nixon. This is a huge thing to live up to with all of these people who shaped history and coincidently, who I am named after. The meaning of my name is what these kings identity was and what they represented in life.These four traits do not define all of me but then again, our names are not the whole identity of a person. I guess I am affected by my name because I have become a very social person because of it. I get to know people I usually wouldn’t talk to otherwise. It has an aura of friendliness over people. People somehow get a good vibe from my name, like a boy and his video games. If I did not have this name I would not become as social if I was named anything else. I guess I like my name because it has helped me develop a good human trait. It has shaped some of my identity and I couldn't imagine being called any different name. I have become very patient with people as a result of my name because there are a lot of nicknames for me. I used to be very offended when I was younger because I wanted to be called my full name. I remember when a family friend was over and he called me Rich. I got upset at him and turned around and said “Rich-ard”. I am still confused about my choice in this matter, maybe I was so proud of my name I wanted it to be full. The instinct of getting angry with people for calling me by my short name has been lost. I got used to be calling, Rich, Richie, Rick, Dick, Ricardo, throughout my life. It doesn’t matter what variation you call me of my name, I know who I am.

How These Poems Affect Me and My Identity Canadian  Part  D: I  am  Canadian  and  I  am  proud  of  being  Canadian.  I  play  hockey  every  week.  This  is  apart  of  my  identity.  It  affects   how  I  dress.  It  affects  how  I  act.  It  affects  how  I  think.  I  like  winter  and  it  affects  how  I  look.  I  have  paler  skin   because  I  don’t  see  the  sun  as  much.  It  affects  what  I  wear.  So  it  affects  what  people  perceive  of  me  too  when  Airst   meeting  me.  January  Wolf  is  about  mostly  nature  and  winter.  Nature  has  become  a  big  part  of  my  identity  because   I  have  been  on  a  lot  of  trips  in  the  outdoors  and  it  is  what  I  love  to  do.  Being  in  Canada  it  affects  how  I  see  things  in   the  world.  How  I  think  things  should  be.  It  affects  my  worldview  and  that  affects  my  identity.  I  think  this  is  a  very   important  aspect  to  my  identity.  If  I  didn’t  live  in  this  country,  I  would  probably  have  a  totally  different  worldview   therefore  a  different  identity  that  I  do  now.     Relationships  Part  D: I think that the ‘Identity card’ is what friend, idle, parent, and the thing that shaped your identity the most. This was a very intentional name, calling it the identity card. It made the poem more meaningful with this symbolism because this person was called an identity card instead of just a regular name. I was drawn to this because it had an interesting name and I wondered how this could relate to identity. Gajanan is talking about if there wasn’t this certain person in his life then he would be not have the same identity card or even be nothing without this person. I am like that with my parents. They shaped most of my identity. That’s what he was talking about on the last line. This represents how my family has been the most impact in my identity. In this poem ‘family’, this is the guideline for a good family relationship. I think my family does their best to do these things. I looked at this poem and thought it would fit my identity because family is the most important foundation to everyone’s identity. If the family relationship is not so great, the person might not know what their identity is and have to shape their identity through their friends. I fortunately have a good relationship with my family and most of my identity if shaped through them. My  family  is  the  most  important  aspect  to  my  identity.  My  dog  shaped  my  identity  because  she  has  made  me  be   more  responsible.  In  this  poem  With  Identity  Card  I  connected  this  poem  to  a  speciAic  person  and  that  speciAic   person  is  my  dad.

 Things  that  Are  Apart  of  Every  Day  Life  Part  D This poem reflects my identity because we all have to make choices. In this poem it talks about which decision should the person take. How it impacts your views of other decisions when it comes to how many people travel that same road. Are you going to change because everyone else is or are you going to change to better your life? This is a hard thing to do sometimes. I have and everyone has taken the right decisions and the wrong ones. The challenge is to make the right decisions all the time. That is sometimes tough when there are only bad decisions. What your previous decisions do to impact you other aspects of your life. Decisions are what make or break you as an individual. The poem Time  Keeps  Ticking,  Life  Goes  On  it  affects  my  identity  because  I  keep  aging.  I  keep   maturing  every  day  and  keep  growing  up  every  second.  This  is  apart  of  my  identity  because  I  keep  growing  inside   and  out.  I  am  just  a  teenager  right  now.

Richard Poetry Anthology