Poetry Portfolio

By Emily Clough

Blackout Poem By Emily Clough

Prosecutors witnesses alleged

Judge failure reasonable

Fracture tossed

Delivering scuffle blow

Unconscious sustained

Captured ambiguous number

Evidence including acquaintance

Cinquain by Emily Clough


Cold, gleaming

Skiing, playing, laughing

Perfect days filled with fun


Colour Poem by Emily Clough


Sea, sky, eyes

Sad, sorry


Limerick by Emily Clough

There once was a man named Bob

He had a best friend named Rob

Each man was broke

Neither one had a cloak

So they both went and got a job

Limerick by Emily Clough

I know a girl who's from Uruguay

Her lifelong dream was to fly

She sat on her head

Doing nothing instead

And ended up baking a pie

Kindness by Emily Clough

Careful, curious, kindness

It is like sight for those with blindness

It gives out smile

More than once in a while

Its careful, curious, kindness

Ozymandias by Percy Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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Ozymandias - Appreciation

The story that Percy Shelley is trying to tell is of someone who was great and declined. The message he was trying to portray is that no matter how great something is it cannot be great for ever. The mood the writer is trying to communicate is a disappointed and warning mood. The structure of this poem is an iambic pentameter which means each line is read in the rhythm of five heart beats. The language Percey Shelley used in the poem is quite descriptive and creates a very good picture, for example, half sunk, a shattered visage lies. There are also many metaphors used to describe the picture, for example, nothing besides remains is meaning the downfall of his power. Other poetic sound devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration and assonance are not used. This poem is successful at displaying its message of how greatness always comes to an end and will have an impact on the reader.

Song with Metaphor - Titanium

In the song Titanium sung by Sia she sings

You shoot me down but I won't fall

I am titanium

This is a metaphor for saying, no matter what you do I will stay strong. This adds to the message of the song.

David Guetta - Titanium [Lyrics Video]

Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wander'd lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o're vales and hills

When all at once I see a crowd

A host, of golden daffodils;

Besides the lake, beneath the trees

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch'd never-ending line

Along the margins of the bay

:ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their head in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee

A poet could not but be gay

In such a jocund company:

I gazed - and gazed - but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on me couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood

They flash upon an inward eye

Which is the bless of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

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Daffodils - Appreciation

The story that William Wordsworth is trying to tell is of his encounter with daffodils. The message he is trying to portray is the happiness he got from the daffodils. The mood Wordsworth is trying to communicate is one that is happy and grateful for the daffodils. The structure of Daffodils is an A, B, A, B rhyme sequence with each stanza ending in a rhyming couplet. The language he uses to describe the daffodils is very descriptive, for example golden daffodils is describing the colour and brightness of the daffodils. To describe the movement of the daffodils William used personification, for example he wrote Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. This is personification because in real life daffodils do not dance. Poetic devices such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and assonance, which are used to add effect using sounds, are not used. This poem impacts the reader because of its description of the daffodils.

Song with Personification - Here Comes the Sun

In the Beatle's song 'Here Comes the Sun' personification is used to describe winter.

It's been a long, cold lonely winter

Winter is a season so cannot be lonely but that is a way of describing how winter feels.

the beatles HERE COMES THE SUN with LYRICS

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

O my Luve is like a red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June:

O my Luve is like the melody

That's sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou my bonnie lass,

So deep in Luve am I;

And I will Luve the still, my dear,

Till a' the sees gone dry.

Till a' the seas gone dry, my dear

And rocks melt wi' the sun;

I will love the still, my dear,

While all the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!

And fare the weel awhile!

And I will come again, my luve,

Though it were ten thousand mile.

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A Red, Red Rose - Appreciation

The story that Robert Burns is telling in the poem A Red, Red Rose is of his love for someone. The message he is trying to convey is his devotion and what he will do to prove it. The mood that is being communicated is a romantic mood because of the purpose of the poem. The rhyme sequence of the first two stanzas is A, B, C, B and the last two is A, B, A, B. The language used by Robert Burns is not very descriptive of a picture but of his love and devotion. To create an image of his love he uses similes, for example, O my Luve is like a red, red rose That's newly sprung in June: O my Luve is like the melody That's sweetly played in tune. Devices such as assonance, onomatopoeia and alliteration are not used. A Red, Red Rose is a successful poem and has the romantic feel that expresses the poet's thoughts on the story.

Song with Simile - Fireworks

In Katy Perry's song Fireworks she uses similes to describe a feeling.

Do you ever feel
Like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel
Feel so paper-thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

These similes help display the message of the feeling she is singing about.

Firework - Katy Perry lyrics

Noise by Jessie Pope

I like noise.

The whoop of a boy, the thud of a hoof,

The rattle of rain on a galvanised roof,

The hubbub of traffic, the roar of a train

The throb of machinery numbing the brain,

The switching of wires on an overhead tram,

The rush of the wind, a door on the slam,

The boom of the thunder, the crash of the waves,

The din of a river that races and raves,

The crack of a rifle, the clank of a pail,

The strident tattoo of a swift-slapping sail -

From any old sound that the silence destroys

Arises a gaunt of soul-stirring joys.

I like noise.

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Noise - Appreciation

The story that is being told Is of Jessie's enjoyment of noise. The writer is trying to tell the readers that noise is not bad. The mood the poet is trying to communicate is a light-hearted and fun mood to show that noise is good and fun. The rhyme structure for the poem Noise is a regular A, A, B, B rhyme sequence. The language used in describing the sounds makes the reader feel like they are there. The imagery is not strong as there is no metaphors, personification or similes but onomatopoeia is used all throughout the poem to add the noise that Jessie is talking about. Alliteration is also used in the poem to add effect, for example, a river that races and raves and swift-slapping sail add rhythm and sound to the poem. Jessie Pope has successfully made noise appealing in the poem Noise by using poetic devices such as onomatopoeia and alliteration.

Song with Onomatapoeia - Bang Bang

In the song Bang Bang by Jessie J onomatopoeia is used to add beat, rhythm and affect to the song.

Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)
Bang bang all over you (I'll let you have it)

Yo, I said
Bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang, bang

Bang is an onomatopia as it is a word that is a sound.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang (Lyrics Video)

On Thriftiness by Thomas Tusser

The thrifty that teacheth the thriving to thrive
Teach timely to traverse, the thing that thou ‘trive.,
Transferring thy toiling, to timeliness taught,
This teacheth thee temp’rance, to temper thy thought,
Take Trusty (to trust to) that thinkest to thee,
That trustily thriftiness trowleth to thee,
That temper thy travell, to tarry the tide;
This teacheth thy thriftiness, twenty times tryed,
Take thankfull thy talent, thank thankfully those
That thriftily teach thee thy time to transpose.
Troth twice to thee teached, teach twenty times ten,
This trade thou that takest, take thrift to thee then.

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On Thriftiness - Appreciation

The story that Thomas Tusser is telling is of learning thriftiness. the message he is trying to communicate is that thriftiness is something that must be taught and is worth learning. The mood of this poem is a bit tired yet grateful because of the lesson of thriftiness. It has a regular rhyme sequence of A, A, B, B. The language used in this poem describes the feelings of the poet when learning the art of thriftiness. Poetic devices that create imagery are not used very much in this poem because the focus is on sound. Alliteration is used entirely throughout this poem as either a 't' or 'th' sound. This adds to the effect of the poem when it is read out loud. The poetic devices used in the poem add to the successfulness of the poem when it is read or heard.

Song with Alliteration - Bad Blood

In the song 'Bad Blood' by Taylor Swift, she sings

'Cause baby, now we've got bad blood

The alliteration in this song adds to the effect f the song.

Bad Blood Taylor Swift Lyrics On Screen

'Gentle into the Night' By Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right

Because their words had forked no lightning

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

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'Gentle into the Night' Poem Appreciation

The story that Dylan Thomas is telling in his poem Gentle into the Night is of his fathers death. He is trying to express to his father that he should live every moment of his life right to the end and gather every bit of it and hold on. The mood Dylan Thomas is trying to communicate is sad, angry and desperate in response to his father dying. This poem has a regular rhyme sequence of A,B,A with a rhyming couplet at the end. The language he uses reflects his emotion, for example, sadness is reflected in the line And you, my father, there on the sad height, anger reflected in the line of Rage, rage against the dying of the light, and desperation reflected in the line Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Dylan Thomas uses metaphors, similes and juxtaposition to describe his father dying. Other poetic devices such as assonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia were not used in this poem. The impact of this poem by Dylan Thomas on the reader is be ause of his language describing how it feels to be in that position.