Hour of Freedom

I pledge allegiance

Whats the Railroad

Whats the railroad to me?

I never go to see

Where it ends.

It fills a few hollows.

And makes banks for the swallows,

It sets the sand a-blowing.

And the blackberries a-growing.

- Henry David Thoreau

Imagery,Consonance, Rhyme, Half-rhyme,

The Hour of Freedom

The hour of freedom! come it must.

O hasten it,in mercy,Heaven!

When all who grovel in the dust

Shall stand erect,their fetters riven;

When glorious freedom shall be won

By every caste,complexion,clime;

When tyranny shall be o'erthrown,

and color cease to be a crime.

-William Lloyd Garrison

near(half)rhyme, rhyme scheme

I, Too

I,too,sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

and eat well,

And grow strong.


I'll be at the table when company comes.

Nobody'll dare

say to me

"eat in the kitchen"



They'll see how beautiful I am

and be ashamed-

I, too, am America.

-Langston Hughes


Golf links

The golf links lie so near the mill

That almost every day

The laboring children can look out

and see the men at at play.

-Sarah N. Cleghorn



Where after all do human rights begin?

In small places close to home

Such are the places

Where every man, women and child

Seeks equal justice

Equal opportunity

Equal dignity

-Eleanor Roosevelt


We watch


and see

enemies fighting

Close-ups of

narrow faces

deep dark eyes

full young lips.

There are


Which is an Arab?

Which is a Jew?

-Charlotte Zolotow

line, imagery,foot

The Last Good War-and Afterward

We saved enough tinfoil

To wrap the entire world,

Said the Pledge of Allegiance,

Read a chapter of the bible each day,

And even prayed...at school.

Then we turned our radios on,

Went to the movies...saw newsreels

And learned to hate

Whole nations of people

We would have to learn

To love again,later.

-Isabel Joshlin Glaser


Mother to Son

well,son,i'll tell you:

Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

It's had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor-


But all the time

I'se been a-climbin' on,

And reachin' landin's,

And turnin' corners,

And sometimes goin' in the dark

Where there ain't been no light.

So boy, don't you turn back.

Don;t you set down on the steps

'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.

Don't you fall now-

For I'se stil goin' , honey,

I'se still climbin' ,

And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

-Langston Hughes

imagery, near(half) rhyme


The white man drew a small circle in the sandand told the red man,"This is what the Indian knows," and drawing a big circle aroun the small one, "This is what the white man knows."

The Indian took the stick and swept an immense

ring around both circles: "This is where the white man and the red man know nothing."

-Carl Sandburg


Buffalo Dusk

The buffaloes are gone.

And those who saw the buffaloes are gone.

Those who saw the buffaloes by thousands and

how they pawed the praire sod into dust

with their hoofs, their great heads down

pawing on in a great pageant of dusk,

Those who saw the buffaloes are gone.

And the buffaloes are gone.

_Carl Sandburg


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