Over the course of a school year, students observe numerous texts that are evaluated by the class to uncover their messages and morals. Recently, the study of poetry has been the key concept within the class, yet certain pieces of nonfiction were proposed as well. Looking back on the year as a whole, two textbooks with six hundred some odd pages were read. In semester two of Worland High School, there were many texts that I found interesting and relatable. Although most of my favorite entries in the textbook are poems, there is still variety in my decisions. In the textbook, Literature: Volumes Two, by Pearson Education, my three favorite texts include Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, The Writer, by Richard Wilbur, and Fifteen, by William Stafford.
To begin, Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, is one of my favorite poems because of its unorthodox point of view on heroism, as well as its creative language. The ...view middle of the document...
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Secondly, The Writer may seem like a shallow story, yet its deep analogies allow readers to see further into the poem. As the daughter writes in her room, the author remembers the time when he himself was a novice. To a novice reader, this seems as if he is just recalling past memories, as well as making the analogy about the starling, yet there are countless metaphors to this poem. I have reason to believe that inside the room, the daughter is actually writing a suicide note. There are pauses, when she is debating whether or not to continue with her decision, but then she continues typing. “Young as she is, the stuff of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy: I wish her a lucky passage (The Writer, Lines 7-9).” As a teenager, I can personally connect with the feelings of having such a terrible life that you want to leave it all behind.
Lastly, Fifteen connects to me personally because I had read the text the day I turned fifteen, myself, and it inspires me to accomplish the same tasks the main character did. The poem describes the freedom of becoming fifteen. Reading it gave me hope that my sophomore year of high school would not continue to be the cage of no freedom that I have suffered from since the day I could walk. The character finds a motorcycle and stays by it until he finds the bloody owner. “We could find the end of a road, meet the sky out on Seventeenth. I thought about hills, and patting the handle got back a confident opinion. On the bridge we indulged a forward feeling, a tremble. I was fifteen (Fifteen, Lines 11-15).” The confidence that he feels within himself now is why this is one of the more important poems according to me.
Although there are many genres of stories throughout our language, poetry has a special impact on my life. Whether it’s dark, ominous, or the feeling of freedom, the textbook shows many of my most liked poems. Obviously, in the textbook, Literature: Volumes Two, by Pearson Education, my three favorite texts include Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, The Writer, by Richard Wilbur, and Fifteen, by William Stafford.