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Reuben’s

Anthology


Dedication I would like to dedicate my Anthology to a very special person. This person is always kind, gentle, caring, and so willing to help me at all times. I have only known her for little over a year, but it feels like a lifetime. THIS PERSON IS... NO ONE OTHER THAN... OUR VERY OWN... HOMEROOM TEACHER...

MS. GROELLER


The Road Less Traveled-Robert Frost 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; 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, 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. 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.

Robert  Frost  uses  an  ABAAB  rhyme  scheme  in  his   poem  “ The  Road  Less  Traveled”  and  it  really   influences  the  style  of  his  poem  because  it  gives   that  poem  an  underlying  beat  that  strengthens  the   language  he  uses  in  this  poem.  You  have  to  look   carefully  at  the  poem  to  find  the  words  that   rhyme.  If  you  are  just  reading  it  over  you  will  most   likely  not  see  the  rhyme/rhyme  scheme  he  uses.  I   think  that  he  chose  a  less  obvious  rhyme  scheme   because  he  didn’t  want  a  lot  of  rhymes  to  detract   from  his  poem  so  he  stuck  with  minimal  rhymes   and  making  them  less  obvious.            In  line  one  of  “ The  Road  Less  Traveled”  which  is   “Two  roads  diverged  in  a  yellow  wood”  Frost   alludes  to  the  season  fall.  I  think  he  does  this   because  he  wants  portray  the  season  that  the   character  he  puts  in  his  poem  (it  could  be  Frost   himself)  as  fall,  it  seems  it’s  important  to  him  that   he  says  the  season  that  his  character  is  in.  Frost   uses  some  personificaKon  in  line  eight  of  his  poem   “Because  it  was  grassy  and  wanted  wear”  where   he  is  giving  the  trait  wanted  to  the  trail  which  is  an   inanimate  object.


All The World’s A Stage-William Shakespeare All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans

William  Shakespeare  doesn’t  use  a  lot  of  rhymes  in  his  poem  All  The  Worlds  A   Stage.  The  only  words  that  rhyme  in  his  poem  are  side  and  wide  and  those  two   are  closer  to  the  end.  Shakespeare  uses  mulKple  metaphors  throughout  his   poem  and  some  of  them  are,  in  line  8  “And  shining  morning  face,  creeping  like   a  snail”  and  in  line  12  “Full  of  strange  oaths  and  bearded  like  the  pard”  and   lastly  in  line  10  “Sighing  like  a  furnace,  with  a  woeful  ballad”.  Shakespeare  uses   a  Conceit  (An  Extended  Metaphor)  that  compares  the  world  to  a  stage  and  all   the  people  that  live  on  it  to  actors;  another  one  that  Shakespeare  portrays  is   that  your  life  is  just  a  play  that  everyone  in  the  world  is  playing.  


Eldorado-Edgar Allen Poe Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew oldThis knight so boldAnd o'er his heart a shadow Fell as he found No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow"Shadow," said he, "Where can it beThis land of Eldorado? " "Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,"

Hymn To The Night-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Aspasie, trillistos. I heard the trailing garments of the Night Sweep through her marble halls! I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light From the celestial walls! I felt her presence, by its spell of might, Stoop o'er me from above; The calm, majestic presence of the Night, As of the one I love. I heard the sounds of sorrow and delight, The manifold, soft chimes, That fill the haunted chambers of the Night, Like some old poet's rhymes. From the cool cisterns of the midnight air My spirit drank repose; The fountain of perpetual peace flows there, — From those deep cisterns flows. O holy Night! from thee I learn to bear What man has borne before! Thou layest thy finger on the lips of Care, And they complain no more. Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer! Descend with broad-winged flight, The welcome, the thrice-prayed for, the most fair, The best-beloved Night!

Edgar Allen Poe uses a AAB rhyme scheme in his poem that is really noticeable and lends a song like beat to this poem. The AAB rhyme scheme is in all but half of the last stanza. I believe that Poe chose to use a more obvious rhyme scheme because he wanted his poem to have a big, loud underlying beat that draws to reader in an doesn’t let them go until the poem is done and after they walk away they still remember it. Each stanza is a different part of telling the reader about a brave knight that spent his life looking for Eldorado except for the words Shadow and Eldorado which are always in the same place every stanza. He abbreviates over to o’er. I made the connection that the knight that is looking for Eldorado is the same as Samuel and Miguel in The Road To Eldorado. When the knight meets a Shade I believe that he could have met Death because another name for Death is a Shade.

In his poem Henry Wadsworth Longfellow use an ABAB rhyme scheme that is in the background. I believe that he does this because it lends a beat to this poem that you pick up as you read along. Longfellow also uses some personification during his poem, some examples of that are in line 1 “I heard the trailing garments of the night”, in line 3 and 4 “I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light/ From celestial walls”. This personification lends to the fact that this poem is putting that night into a living, breathing person that brings the night with a mighty presence and that walks among the stars. Longfellow abbreviates over to o’er and uses some old English words like thy, thou and thee. I make the connection that he alludes to the Christmas song Silent Night because he says in line 17 he says “O holy Night! from thee I learn to bear” and Holy night is a line from Silent Night the song. I make the connection that because Longfellow uses the word night so much and that this poem is about the night he must really like the night.


Heffle Cuckoo Fair-Martin Shaw Tell it to the locked-up trees, Cuckoo, bring your song here! Warrant, Act and Summons, please, For Spring to pass along here! Tell old Winter, if he doubt, Tell him squat and square-a! Old Woman! Old Woman! Old Woman's let the Cuckoo out At Heffle Cuckoo Fair-a! March has searched and April tried -'Tisn't long to May now. Not so far to Whitsuntide, And Cuckoo's come to stay now! Hear the valiant fellow shout Down the orchard bare-a! Old Woman! Old Woman! Old Woman's let the Cuckoo out At Heffle Cuckoo Fair-a! When your heart is young and gay And the season rules it -Work your works and play your play Before the Autumn cools it! Kiss you turn and turn about, But, my lad, beware-a! Old Woman! Old Woman! Old Woman's let the Cuckoo out At Heffle Cuckoo Fair-a!

Martin Shaw's poem and song doesn’t really rhyme but it has a great beat that is really catchy and gets stuck in your head. The last four lines in every stanza are the exact same and “a” is repeated two times per stanza. Shaw uses personification in line one “Tell it to the locked up trees” and in line five “Tell old Winter, if he doubt”. I believe that Shaw is alluding to the season where the Cuckoos mate and lay eggs.


Swimming-Reuben.K Swimming  is  my  life,  do  it  once,  do  it  twice I  do  it  all  the  time,  even  chilled If  I  stop,  I  would  begin  in  a  trice When  I  swim  my  endurance  really  build BAM!  The  gun  @ires  at  a  swimming  meet Splash  goes  the  water  as  I  dive  in  and Swim,  swim  yells  the  crowd  and  it  is  real   neat When  I  @inish  no  one  gives  me  a  hand When  I  @inish  but  I  do  it  alone Up  on  the  podium  I  stand  to  get My  medal  I  am  hearing  the  crowd  know With  my  medal  I  am  proud  with  no  pet And  now  you  know  what  it  is  like  to  swim And  I  hope  it  @ills  you  to  the  brim

I  made  this  poem  to  try  and   convey  why  I  like  swimming  and   why  swimming  is  such  a  big  part   of  my  life.  I  use  an  ABAB  rhyme   scheme  with  a  GG  at  the  end.  I   have  ten  syllables  per  line  and   fourteen  lines  of  poem  in  total.  In   line  two  “even  chilled”  means   that  I  swim  even  though  I  am  sick   and  not  feeling  well.  In  line   fourteen  “@ills  you  to  the  brim”  I   am  trying  to  say  that  I  hope  that   you  enjoy  swimming  as  much  as  I   do.  


Book Drawn By Reuben.K

An Ode To Books-Reuben.K

In line five "Books, you suck me in" there is a metaphor that is making a reference to quicksand. Books, like quicksand, do not suck you in right away but slowly suck you in until you are in completely and you cannot get out easily either. You do not see a good part in the book coming either because you are just reading along and BAM! it happens. You always get to a good part in the book just when you are getting ready to put the book down because you have to do something. Then you can't put the book down as you have to finish that part. Some books are so good you do not know what is going to happen next so you just have to finish the book. In lines 11-12 "Books, you are so great/You are my best mate" I use a metaphor to describe that books are my best friend. I know books will never put me down and they will always be there to comfort me. Do not judge a book by its cover because if you only read a little bit into the book then you will not know what happens after those pages and you will miss out on that book.


Lego-Reuben.K

Lego,  I  like  to, Build  you  and  play  with  you  all, The  time;  even  now

I  made  this  poem  to  say  how  much  I  like  playing   with  Lego  and  that  it  is  a  way  for  me  to  relax.  The   kigo  in  this  haiku  is  “now”  because  it  says  that  now   is  the  time  and  the  season.  The  Kireji  in  this  haiku  is   the  semi-­‐colon  after  “time”  because  it  separates   lines  in  the  poem  when  I  am  tell  why  I  like  Lego  and   when  I  play  with  Lego.  


Planes-Reuben.K

Planes,  @lying  through  the Air,  big,  small,  very  tall  and; I  like  them  a  lot

The  semicolon  after  “and”  is  the  Kireji  and  the  Kigo  is   “@lying”  because  when  planes  @lying  the  winter  they  need   deicers  on  their  wings  do  that  they  can  @ly  and  not  fall   out  of  the  sky  but  in  the  summer  they  don’t  need  deicers   because  the  air  is  warmer  than  in  the  winter.  I  am  trying   the  say  that  I  like  planes  very  much  and  that  I  like  to   watch  shows  about  them  because  then  I  can  @ly  better  on   the  plane  simulator  that  I  have.


Baseball-Reuben.K

Crack  the  bat  goes There  goes  the  ball Against  our  foes Even  though  we  might  fall Around  the  base There  he  runs Our  only  ace Runs  like  a  gun First  base,  second  base,  third   base,  home The  ball  still  @lying  through  the   air On  its  way  to  Rome And  when  the  ball  returns  it  is   full  of  wear So  they  tell  them  to  talk About  their  balk

I  am  trying  to  convey  the  sense  of  family  that  everyone  on  a  baseball   team  feels  when  they  are  playing  a  championship  game  and  that  there  is   no  one  getting  down  on  you  for  not  hitting  the  ball  or  striking  out.  I  use  a   ABAB  rhyme  scheme.  In  line  eight  “Runs  like  a  gun”  describes  how  fast   baseball  players  can  run  when  they  want  to  and  that  they  have  a  lot  of   endurance.  In  lines  9  and  11  “First  base,  second  base,  third  base,  home// All  the  way  to  Rome  is  a  chant  we  use  in  baseball  to  get  the  person  at  bat   motivated  so  that  they  can  hit  the  balls  far  and  hard.


All About Me All the poems that I have chosen to portray my identity connect to my inner being. Some of them touch upon the topics of my hobbies while others touch upon the feelings and moods that I have. Robert Frost's poem "The Road Less Traveled" connects with the fact that I am taking control over my own fate and destiny rather than letting someone else decide where I go in life. William Shakespeare's poem "All The Worlds A Stage" says that everyone is on earth for a certain amount of time and after their time or "play" is done then they die. I believe that some people are reborn into this world after a couple of years in the afterlife and that some souls are completely new to this world. My moods change from time to time, sometimes I am dreary and sometimes I am bouncy and full of energy as is portrayed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Hymn To The Night". Some people spend their entire lives looking for who they are on the inside whereas others know from the very beginning. Edgar Allen Poe portrays this in his poem "Eldorado". I believe that I am one of the people that know who they are in the very beginning even though I still haven't decide what job I should study for in high school. "Heffle Cuckoo Fair" by Martin Shaw portrays the rhythmic portion of my personality that comes in handy when I am playing my instrument, the trumpet. I am not that good at art and I freeze up when I am in front of a lot of people but when I am playing my trumpet I feel right at home even when I am in front of a lot of people. All of the poems listed above are my found poems, the ones that I found on the internet, now we move on to my written poems. My first written poem called Lego portrays the fact that Lego is a big part of my life and that I can make anything with it without being ridiculed because my ideas are too complicated. Lego is meant for building complicated things out of small blocks. My life is one big puzzle that will eventually be figured out when I am older. Sports have been a huge part of my life since my family moved here in 2002. I have been playing baseball ever since I was a kid and it provides me with a second family that I share good and bad times with. Baseball has caused me to realize that even if you play as hard as you can you have as good chance of losing as portrayed in my poem "Baseball". Whenever I get into water it feels like home, like I belong there, after a couple of years of swimming I realize that swimming has become such a huge part of who I am that if I quit it a huge chunk of my identity would be missing. My poem "Swimming" portrays that fact that I like swimming so much I cannot quit. Books, they are such a huge part of my life that there is I bookshelf in my room packed to the very brim with book. If you give me a book I will read it and remember almost everything that was in the book. Even though these days I do not read as often as I used to I still read a lot and fast, faster than I used to. When I say “I do not read as often as I used to� I mean that all the extra-curricular activities that I have joined are taking up so much of my free time I rarely get an opportunity to read these days. This saddens me because books and reading are such a huge part of who I am not being able to read is like a torture to me. My poem "An Ode To Books" is a poem that tells you all the things I love about books and why they are such a huge part in my identity. My final poem is about planes and it is titled "Planes". Planes come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours. They look like they cannot get off the ground but they get off the ground with ease and stay off of of the ground until they arrive at their destination. All of the poems that you have read and this final part in my analogy gives you a deep look into my identity and my soul. With that I hope you can understand the type of person I am and why I like what I like to do as hobbies. I hope you have enjoyed reading all my poems and analysis paragraphs. This is the end of all the things that I have told you about me. Goodbye for now...

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Vignette

My parents decided to break away from the mold of family name where everyone has 3-4 names and one of those is the same as the person before them (My dad’s name is Jan Adriaan Kruger). It makes me feel a bit special and at the same time a bit separated from the rest of my family because they have something that I don not have but it doesn't really bother me. My name is eldest son of Jason and Leah in the bible and in Hebrew it means “Behold a son”. My last name originated from German and it means bartender or potter. My parents considered naming me Justin or Phillip but they didn’t because they thought that I might be called unkind nicknames in Afrikaans (the language spoken in South Africa) if I was called Philip or Justin (no offense to all the Phillips and Justin’s out there). My identity would be way different if I had stayed in South Africa. In South Africa kids can only take out two books a week and adults can only take out six books a week and if you return them you have to wait until the next week to take more books out. If we hadn’t moved here to Canada then being a bookworm and reading wouldn’t be such a big part of my identity and I wouldn’t have all the opportunities that I have here. When I first came to school the teachers wrote my name wrong (Rueben instead of Reuben) but then they started writing it the right way. To me my name is a bunch of things stuffed into one word like reading, bilingual and many more things. My name is more prevalent in South Africa, but it is pronounced well in English for reasons I don’t know. Some people change their names because they don’t feel happy with them. I feel perfectly happy with mine, but if I was to change my name I don’t know what to change it to. This name that I have now fits me perfectly. I believe that my parents are really good parents because they remember my first word and as eager new parents they kept record of the first 86 words I spoke. They also help me develop my interests in things by letting me try everything that I want. I have already wanted to be a policeman, a fireman, a pilot and many more things, and am always told that they will stand by me no matter what I choose to do. I also went through a stage where I ate mud, for some reason, I think I liked mud at that time. My parents tell me all the interesting stuff that I did when I was younger, even though sometimes their memories run short. My grandparents are also a great resource when it comes to finding out things about when I was small. My name is just as big a part as all of these things that I have done. As a baby I was interested in the world around me and that has come with me through the ages. My grandma says that there are old souls and new souls. The old souls have been on earth before in a different body and the new souls haven’t. She believes that I am an old soul and my brother is a new soul. Once again I feel that I am happy with who I am and what my name means to me, my parents and all my other family members.


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Poems: “All the World’s a Stage by William Shakespeare” N.P. N.D. Web. 10 September, 2013 “Hymn to the Night by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow : The Poetry Foundation” N.P. N.D. Web. 2 October, 2013 “The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost” N.P. N.D. Web. 9 September, 2013 “Heffle Cuckoo Fair [Rudyard Kipling, Peter Bellamy” N.P. N.D. Web. 2 October, 2013 “home.cogeco.ca/~rayser3/Eldorado.txt” N.P. N.D. Web. 12 September, 2013


Reuben's Poetry Anthology