Poetry Responses

POETRY RESPONSE: Langston Hughes (Dan P.)

Posted on November 3, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , |

I read two poems by Langston Hughes.  He is an African-American poet.  The two poems I read were “Dreams Deferred” and “Dreams.”  They are about dreams and what it would be if we did not have dreams.  The second poem is also about dreams and the value of dreams and how important they are.

My reaction to the poem “Dream Deferred” was that it was a good poem and that it is very descriptive because I felt that I was really there.

For the second poem “Dreams” my reaction was that it was a good poem and that I liked the meaning.  The meaning was about how to value our dreams.

These poems are great.  I like to read other poems from Hughes.  I like poems that have a good topic.  I like poems that are descriptive.

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POETRY RESPONSE: “Road Not Taken” (Hayley M.)

Posted on October 2, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , , |

I just read the poem “Road Not Taken” by Robert Lee Frost.  Some other poems that he is known for are “A Time to Talk,” “Gathering Leaves,” and “Good Hours.”  

After reading this poem, I thought that it was a really beautiful poem.  I also thought that it was about two roads that are totally different.  The roads are not real roads; they are metaphoric.  They are symbolizing two different choices.  One choice is achieving goals that the other one might be for failing.

When I was reading the poem I felt touched!  The reason why I felt touched is because it meant so much to me.  Plus, it tells so much and is it only a poem, NOT a story!  Amazing!! 

I have already read some of Frost’s other poems, and they were not as touching as this one!

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POETRY RESPONSE: “Phenomenal Woman” (Stephen O.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , , |

The poem that I have read is “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou.  Angelou is not known only for her poems, but for her biographies.  When she writes she writes about her childhood and the experiences of growing up poor and in an abusive household.  Some other poems that she wrote about her life are, “They Went Home” and “When You Come.”

I thought a lot of things when I was reading this poem.  I think the author is trying to make a point about listening to yourself and not to anyone else.  In “Phenomenal Woman” Angelou describes a woman who is not always perfect but is happy with herself.  For example, “…it’s the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need of my care cause I’m a woman phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman that’s me.”

My reaction to this poem was that it boggled my mind.  The reason for this is because I did not think that it was going to be this good.  It gave me some information to think about.  THe most important thing to think about is to listen to yourself and only yourself.

I would recommend this poem to other middle schoolers that are having trouble trying to figure out who they are.  This poem is very positive and it tells you that it is more important to think positvely about yourself than to worry about what others think of you.

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POETRY RESPONSE: “Road Not Taken” (Abby G.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , |

I just read a poem called “Road Not Taken” by Robert Lee Frost.  He is a famous poet.

I think that this poem is about life.  In life there’s always two roads which represent choices you make.  If you pick the right choice, even if it is difficult because it means being different, it will pay off in the long run.

While I was reading this poem, I was surprised because the poem was probably based on difficult choices Robert Frost had to make.  This poem is appropriate for students in middle school because they have to make a lot of decisions about who to hang out with, deciding to go to school even when they don’t feel well, and even what clothes to wear.

I would like Miss Morris to read more poetry by this poet because Robert Frost is a good poet and he is famous.  He also has cool poems that would be nice to hear in class.  I would recommend this poem to other students because they could get something out of it.

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POETRY RESPONSE: “If” (by D. H.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , |

What if?  What if you did this or that? We have all hit these words what if, but have you ever read the poem?  I have, it’s called “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

After I was done reading this poem, I realized these phrases that the poet used were like steps to becoming a man.  For example, in the first stanza, Kipling stated that “you can trust yourself when everyone else doubts you.”  That’s one of the steps, and I believe that is true.

My reaction to this poem was yes, I do believe in some of these steps like I stated in the first paragraph.  In addition to the other steps, if you can “watch the things you gave your life to, broken”, to me this means you need to be able to take in pain.

I would not mind to read other poems by this poet but I would also like to read others.  I would like to read more poems by this poet because of this poem.  I say this because this poem did state some true facts that I have found helpful.

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Summer Reading Projects and Poetry Responses

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: IRLA Class, Poetry Responses, Reading | Tags: , , , , |

Hello!  Our first series of student written posts will be book reviews from summer reading and reactions to an assortment of poems.  This assignment was a quick-write, but students did follow all stages of the writing process from brainstorming, to drafting, to revising, then editing, and finally publishing here on the blog.  There will be 12 posts in all.  

Please take a minute to read through and comment on this first writing assignment of the 2008-2009 school year!

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