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Friday, June 18, 2010

Poems, Alliteration and... Cats?



"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas"

"Over the cobbles, he clattered and clashed" - Alliteration.

"Look for me by moonlight. Watch for me by moonlight, I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!"

"Then her finger moved in the moonlight, her musket shattered the moonlight, Shattered her breast in the moonlight, and warned him - with her death."

-- Lines taken from the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes

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"Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, the monster of depravity."

"He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity."

"There never was a Cat with such deceitfulness and suavity."

-- Lines taken from the poem "Macavity: The Mystery Cat" by T.S. Eliot.

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Few lines from two of the many other poems I had for my English Literature Exam today.

Let's talk about poems! What kind of poems do you like? The fun fast-paced type? The ones with the hidden meaning? Or the ones that are just out there and in your face? :)

These two poems that I chose were probably my two most favourite from the bunch.

Why?

Well, The Highwayman was not just a poem - it had a story to it. Bess - the landlords daughter, shoots herself as king George's soldiers tie her to her casement (with a muzzle at her breast) and hide in her room, waiting to kill the highwayman. She warns her lover with her death.
There was a question in my exam asking if I thought the highwayman was a hero. I could not disagree more. Though the highwayman comes back after he finds out about Bess' death, he is no hero. If anything, Bess is the hero. Sacrificing herself...

Macavity: I loved the rhythm to the poem, and it is just a fun piece of writing about a cat who defies the law - even the law of gravity - and is "the bafflement of Scotland Yard!"

T.S. Eliot wrote a whole bunch of poems just about, well, cats! They made a musical out of it, called CATS! :)
Watch it, why don't you?
*SINGS* "MACAVITY, MACAVITY, THERE'S NO ONE LIKE MACAVITY, LALAL --- OH! You are still here..." *Blushes*

-Charlie, The Cooler Teen.

2 comments:

jpereztheargus said...

Ha, that's funny.

My two favorite poems are actually songs by Jenny Lewis and The Moutain Goats. (My two favorite bands!)

The first one is called Rabbit Fur Coat and the other is Cotton.

I love them because their simple and honest.

I also like The Cage Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

Hanna said...

I like poems that make me feel. And think.

Like "Blackbird Singing" by Paul McCartney (Yes I know it's a Beatles song).

And "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost (I think)

And the creepy ones by Edgar Allen Poe. hehe