Lily by: ron koertge

Lily

  • (maybe the name of the cat?)

BY RON KOERTGE

No one would take her when Ruth passed.

  • (Someone died and left something behind.)

As the survivors assessed some antiques,

I kept hearing, "She's old. Somebody

should put her down."

  • (Survivors went through old belongings, while someone kept hearing about putting an animal down maybe?)

I picked her up instead. Every night I tell her

Shifts: picking up the animal someone would tell her about canned fish (sardines)

about the fish who died for her, the ones

in the cheerful aluminum cans.

She lies on my chest to sleep, rising

and falling, rising and falling like a rowboat

fastened to a battered dock by a string.

  • Connected to them the animal sleeps peacefully on their chest.

Attitude/Tone: The tone of the poem is thoughtful.

Evidence of tone: "i picked her up instead. Every night i tell her about the fish who died for her, the one in the cheerful aluminum cans."

connotation- simile: "She lies on my chest to sleep, rising and falling, rising and falling like a row boat fastened to a battered dock by a string." Imagery: "like a rowboat fastened to a battered dock by a string." The mood created by this imagery is peaceful.

Sound Devices- Alliteration is the most common with the S sound. They are used to create texture to the poem. They add rhythm to the mood.

Shifts: Before it tells about how the cat should be put down and it was very subtle anger then it goes to someone being nice and considerate.

Title- "Lily" is the name of the animal which i believe is a cat. The name is given from the last owner which ends up giving the cat some sentimental value that is passed on to anyone who takes her on. This is kinda like taking on someones memories as your own.

Theme- The thing about life is that we all come and go and only few can keep our memories to carry on loving what we loved last.

Evidence of the theme- "I kept hearing, 'shes old. somebody should put her down.' I picked her up instead."

Credits:

Created with images by MrsBrown - "cat pet flower pot" • evaboehm - "aquatic plant nature nuphar" • fudowakira0 - "night night-time the night sea" • tookapic - "watch time night" • Life-Of-Pix - "books literature reading" • brenkee - "cat rooftop roof"

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