Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hour 13/24 Mini-Challenge Poetry

Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee (my new favorite favorite book) had a heroine who was discovering the glory of Emily Dickinson. I thought I'd share some for this mini-challenge:

Part One: Life


I ’M nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody! 5
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

Part One: Life


HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard; 5
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea; 10
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Bybee said...

I love Emily Dickinson and have since middle school, but what puts the icing on the cake is that you can sing her poems to The Yellow Rose Of Texas or Amazing Grace or The House Of The Rising Sun. I prefer the first one.

I'm off to read what you've been up to these past few hours...I arrived late so I'm blog hopping like crazy.

Vasilly said...

I love Dickinson. Thanks for participating.

Becky said...

Bybee, I learned the Yellow Rose of Texas trick back when I was in school. I don't know that it made reciting them in front of the class anymore fun. But it did help in the memorizing :)

Just now I caught myself humming along when I was making the post.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Great poetry choices!

Jennie said...

We used to have a ice cream truck that played "Yellow Rose of Texas" that used to drive by our dorm all the time. My roommates and I used to sing along but singing "Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me!" at the top of our lungs... Good times. :)

I really love Dickinson though.

Good job with all the reading! Keep it up!

Dewey said...

I love Dickinson! When I used to teach English, I always used some of her poems in the poetry unit, and they were some of the most appealing poems for the kids.

Eva said...

Oh, Emily Dickinson. So wonderful!