Eng I Honors Poetry Project Model

Ms. Matthews


by Timothy Murphy

For Robert Francis

Had I known, only known (A)

when I lived so near, (B)

I'd have gone, gladly gone (A)

foregoing my fear (B)

of the wholly grown. (A)

But I learned alone, (A)

so I learned too late. (C)


"Mentor" has a regretful tone. Murphy uses words like "only known," "foregoing my fear," "alone," and "too late" to describe how he wishes he had made a different decision. He regrets not having asked his mentor for advice while his mentor was close by.


The theme of "Mentor" is to take advantage of opportunities and ask for help when needed, because you never know when you will no longer have those opportunities. Murphy's first two-three lines clearly state that he wishes he'd have gone when it was convenient, because by the end of the poem Murphy has informed readers that because he didn't take advantage of having the opportunity to ask for help, he had to learn alone and too late.
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"O Gather Me the Rose"

by William Ernest Henley

O GATHER me the rose, the rose, (A)

While yet in flower we find it, (B)

For summer smiles, but summer goes, (A)

And winter waits behind it. (B)

For with the dream foregone, foregone, (C)

The deed foreborn forever, (D)

The worm Regret will canker on, (C)

And time will turn him never. (D)

So were it well to love, my love, (E)

And cheat of any laughter (F)

The fate beneath us, and above, (E)

The dark before and after. (F)

The myrtle and the rose, the rose, (A)

The sunshine and the swallow, (G)

The dream that comes, the wish that goes (A)

The memories that follow! (G)