Poetry Study by: amaya dungan

Caged Bird

BY MAYA ANGELOU

A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wing

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks

down his narrow cage

can seldom see through

his bars of rage

his wings are clipped and

his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn

and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams

his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream

his wings are clipped and his feet are tied

so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? Copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

* The author's purpose of the poem is to show the differences between the caged bird and the free bird. She uses the caged bird as a symbol of slavery and oppression and the free bird as a symbol of freedom. She uses many different literary devices through out the poem. She uses an example of personification on line 24 when she states "the trade winds soft through the sighing trees". this is an example of personification because trees can't really sigh she was just describing the way the trees sounded as the wind blew through them. Another example of a literary device would be on on line 16 when she says the bird sings "with a fearful trill". this would be an example of onomatopoeia because its describing the sound as a trill.

"...The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom..." - Maya Angelou 1983

Diamonds

SUNG BY RIHANNA

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy

You and I, you and I , we’re like diamonds in the sky

You’re a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy

When you hold me, I’m alive

We’re like diamonds in the sky

I knew that we’d become one right away

Oh, right away

At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays

I saw the life inside your eyes

So shine bright tonight,

You and I

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Eye to eye,

So alive

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Shining bright like a diamond

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Shining bright like a diamond

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

shine bright to the universe

as we moonshine and molly

feel the warmth we'll never die

were like diamonds in the sky

You’re a shooting star I see, a vision of ecstasy

When you hold me, I’m alive

We’re like diamonds in the sky

I knew that we'd become one right way,

oh right way

at first sight I felt the energy of the sun rays

I saw the light inside your eyes

So shine bright tonight,

You and I

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Eye to eye,

So alive

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Shining bright like a diamond

We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Shining bright like a diamond

Songwriting – Sia Furler, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermanse,Production – Benny Blanco, StarGate,Recording – Mikkel Eriksen, Miles Walker, Recording assistant – Andrew "Muffman" Luftman, Vocal Production – Kuk Harrell, Vocal Recording – Kuk Harrell, Marcos Tovar, Assistant Engineering – Blake Mares, Robert Cohen,Mixing – Phil Tan, Mixing assistant – Daniela Rivera,Instrumentation – Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen

*This song is about an relationship where the two people in the relationship are happy and hopeful. Although this may seem like a good thing the relationship is also rocky and unhealthy. The song writer uses multiple examples of figurative language within the song . one example of figurative language would be on line 4 when she states " we're like diamonds in the sky ". this would be an example of a simile because she is comparing her and her companion to diamonds in the sky. She also uses sound devices in the song. one example would be when she says ''as we moon shine and molly''. This would be an example of assonance. These are just a few of many examples within the song that shows figurative language.

"Find light in the beautiful sea, I choose to be happy. You and I, you and I , we’re like diamonds in the sky..." - Rihanna 2013

once by the pacific

BY ROBERT FROST

The shattered water made a misty din.

Great waves looked over others coming in,

And thought of doing something to the shore

That water never did to land before.

The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,

Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.

You could not tell, and yet it looked as if

The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,

The cliff in being backed by continent;

It looked as if a night of dark intent

Was coming, and not only a night, an age.

Someone had better be prepared for rage.

There would be more than ocean-water broken

Before God's last Put out the light was spoken.

Once by the Pacific (1928) written by Robert Lee Frost, © 1928, Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

The authors purpose of the poem is to make the reader create a image in their minds and to show his experience while visiting the ocean. In the poem Robert Frost uses figurative to describe the way the ocean looks, moves, sounds, ect. One example would be on line 5 where it says "The clouds were low and hairy in the skies," (line 5.) This would be an example of personification because it's talking about how the clouds were hairy in the sky even though clouds can't be hairy. Another example of figurative language would be on line 6 where the poem states "Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes." this is an example of a simile because its comparing the clouds to locks of hair that were blown into someones eyes.

"...Great waves looked over others coming in, And thought of doing something to the shore that water never did to land before..." -Robert Frost 1928

Untitled

BY AMAYA DUNGAN

I know you were not hear for long

I know you couldn't stay

But I didn't get a chance to say goodbye.

though it makes me sad you went away

i know we'll meet again someday

as characters from a different story

when life has lost all its glory

but for now all that I can say is see you soon

The authors purpose of this poem is to say their final fair wells to a loss of a love one. In the poem the author uses figurative language to say goodbye. They use the simile "I know well meet again someday like characters from a different story" (lines 5-6). This tells the reader that just like old friends they will meet again. They also use an example of personification on line 7 where it states "when life has lost all it's glory" ( line 7). This tells the reader that they will meet again maybe later in the lifetime that they're living in or in a afterlife. This shows that the author uses many examples of figurative language in the poem

" ...Though it makes me sad you couldn't stay, i know we'll meet again someday as characters from a different story..." -Amaya Dungan 2016

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Created with images by trissa - "paper background old" • Original Nomad - "Cantho Market, Vietnam." • Zach Dischner - "A Couple Stars From the Hood" • cluczkow - "ocean"

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