Walk Two Moons - Poems

by Sebastian Tzannes

Summary

The novel, Walk Two Moons, written by Sharon Creech, tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, named Sal, who is traveling across America, alongside her grandparents, to visit her mother in Lewiston, Idaho. While doing so, she entertains them with the story of Phoebe, Mrs. Winterbottom, and the lunatic.

The Use of Poems in Walk Two Moons

Throughout Sharon Creech's novel, Walk Two Moons, poems by different authors are added to give the reader a deeper understanding of Sal and her feelings.

Poem 1: "the little horse is newLY"

The poem, "the little horse is newLY", by e.e. cummings is one example of a poem that is used in the novel. On the same day Mr. Birkway, Sal's teacher, read this poem to the class, Ben confronted Sal and pretended to read her palm. "It gave me the shivers, but not in an entirely unpleasant way."(Creech 124)."...I thought about the newLY born horse who knows nothing and feels everything."(Creech 124). Another time this poem is mentioned is when Sal and Ben have their first real kiss. "And then our heads moved slowly backward and we stared out across the lawn, and I felt like the newLY born horse who knows nothing but feels everything."(Creech 238). This poem helps the reader understand the feelings Sal experiences when she is with Ben. The feelings she has with ben are feelings she has never known of or felt before. Like the little horse, even though she was unfamiliar with these feelings, they totally consumed her. By the use of this poem, the reader gains more depth into Sal and her feelings.

Poem 2: "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls"

Another Poem that is used in the novel is called "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls", by Henry Longfellow. The first time this poem comes up is when Mr. Birkway reads it to the class and asks for reactions. Ben's reaction was, "Maybe dying could be normal and terrible."(Creech 183). Later in the book, Sal thinks about the poem. "I lay there thinking of the poem about the traveler, and I could see the tide rising and falling, and those horrid white hands snatching the traveler." (Creech 197). She then relates to her story and Phoebe's story. "I thought about Mr. Winterbottom crying. That was the saddest thing. It was even worse than seeing my own father cry." Creech 197). "The tide Rises, The Tide Falls" shows the inevitability of life. No matter all the bad things that happen to Sal and Phoebe with their mothers, they keep going. Sharon Creech uses this poem to provide the reader with more insight into Sal and her feelings.