LESSON 53

This week’s lesson is really very simple.  Simply, write a poem about what you love most, are most in awe of, think is the most beautiful, about this place we call our home, Earth!  Find the images for all the amazing things that we take for granted every day: the rain, the wind, the snow, the stars, the finality of fall, the challenges of winter, the renewal of spring, and the splendor of summer.

Make sure your poem is filled with the images that will define this “poetic” planet for us.  Use metaphors and similes.  Use alliteration.  Use onomatopoeia.  Use power and passion and put your heart into it.  Make us feel what you feel, know what you know, believe what you believe about this amazing place, we are privileged to know and enjoy for such a short while.

The poem referenced below, celebrates the beauty of the earth, while it suffers the horrors of war.  I thought it a poem reflective of the times we are living in.  Please note how beautifully the poet, Sara Teasdale, celebrate the wonder of the earth.

There Will Come Soft Rains

Sara Teasdale – 1884-1933

(War Time)

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

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