English I Honors Poetry Project

by Mina Chanakira

Before the World Intruded

By: Michele Rosenthal


Return me to those infant years, (A)
before I woke from sleep, (B)

when ideas were oceans crashing, (C)
my dreams blank shores of sand. (D)

Transport me fast to who I was (E)
when breath was fresh as sight, (F)

my new parts — unfragmented — (G)
shielded faith from unkind light. (F)

Draw for me a figure whole, so different (H)
from who I am. Show me now (I)

this picture: who I was (J)
when I began. (D)

The Rhyme Scheme

The rhyme scheme of this poem is free verse

Tone of the Poem

The tone of this poem seems nostalgic because the author uses words like return, infant years, and before to describe how she wants to go back in time and "transport" back to where she use to be.

Theme of the Poem

I think the theme of this poem is that it's better to be like an infant with simple dreams than to be someone who has been exposed to all of the "unkind light" of the world.

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Memory

by: Abraham Lincoln


MY childhood's home I see again, (A)

And sadden with the view; (B)

And still, as memory crowds my brain, (A)

There's pleasure in it, too. (B)


O memory! thou midway world (C)

'Twixt earth and paradise, (D)

Where things decayed and loved ones lost (E)

In dreamy shadows rise, (D)

And, freed from all that's earthly, vile, (F)

Seem hallowed, pure and bright, (G)

Like scenes in some enchanted isle (F)

All bathed in liquid light. (G)

As dusky mountains please the eye (H)

When twilight chases day; (I)

As bugle notes that, passing by, (H)

In distance die away; (I)

As, leaving some grand waterfall, (J)

We, lingering, list its roar- (K)

So memory will hallow all (J)

We've known but know no more. (K)


Near twenty years have passed away (L)

Since here I bid farewell (M)

To woods and fields, and scenes of play, (L)

And playmates loved so well. (M)


Where many were, but few remain (A)

Of old familiar things, (N)

But seeing them to mind again (A)

The lost and absent brings. (N)


The friends I left that parting day, (L)

How changed, as time has sped! (O)

Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray; (L)

And half of all are dead. (O)


I hear the loved survivors tell (M)

How nought from death could save, (P)

Till every sound appear a knell (M)

And every spot a grave. (P)


I range the fields with pensive tread, (O)

And pace the hollow rooms, (Q)

And feel (companion of the dead) (O)

I'm living in the tombs. (Q)


Abraham Lincoln (R)

The Rhyme Scheme

The rhyme scheme of this poem is mostly ABAB

The Tone of the Poem

Because of the way Abraham describes his memories as "scenes in some enchanted isle all bathed in liquid light" and how he "ranges the fields (his memories) with pensive thread" makes me think the tone of this poem is sentimental. He makes his memories seem special and precious.

The Theme of the Poem

I think the theme of this poem is that as we grow older there are many things that we forget and sometimes take advantage of until we lose them.

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