1. What are some of the questions that you asked yourself as you read this poem? -Is this poem about Jesus Christ?
2. What (in your opinion) is the reason the author wrote the poem? -I feel that he may have written this poem due to his faith and love for Jesus.
3. Did you notice anything different about the vocabulary, punctuation, or writing style that the author used? -I think that he is asking questions throughout the poem.
4. What are the tone and mood of the poem? -I think the tone is childlike.
5. What made you choose this poem? -I am a Christian and Love Jesus, just as I feel that William Blake may have.
6. Did you find places where you “connected” with the poem? Maybe you said…. -As soon as I read the poem, I assumed that it was about Jesus. I related to the poem because I am a Christian and I love Jesus, just as I assume William Blake did.
7. If you were writing a brief description of this poem, what three things would you write about it? -I would begin to write about the birth of Jesus. Second, I would explain the reason that God brought Jesus to us. In addition, third I would explain why he was and is considered the “Lamb”.
8. List three literary terms (elements) that you found in the story and cite the example of each (metaphors, similes, oxymoron, personification, paradox, rhythm, stanza, syntax etc). -Persona: I feel that the speaker of the poem is a child. -Symbol: The Lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ. -Personification: The lamb is not human; however, the Messiah was!
9. Thinking of current events in the world today or situations that occur in our lives today, how could you use this poem to encourage, explain, or incite others? -This is a poem that I could read during a Sunday school class to either the adults or the children. I have never read this poem before; however, as soon as I read it, I knew that it was speaking of our savior.
10. Who do you think the author intended to read this poem? Why do you think he/she directed it towards that audience? Why is aiming poetry at an audience important? How might different audiences experience the same poem differently? -I think that the author intended for Christians to read his poem. I think he directed towards Christians, because they would understand it. It is important to aim at an audience because if you aim it to just anyone, they may not understand it; let alone want to even read it. I think that if I were to give this poem to a non-believer or someone that does not know anything about the Lord; they would not have a clue what it is explaining.
Poem # 2: War is Kind
1. What are some of the questions that you asked yourself as you read this poem? -How can war be kind? -Is it a leader who is writing a wife or mother about the loss of a loved one due to war? -How could one not cry, if they lost a loved one?
2. What (in your opinion) is the reason the author wrote the poem? -I think that the author wrote the poem due to seeing and or participating in a war.
3. Did you notice anything different about the vocabulary, punctuation, or writing style that the author used? -I think the writer may have used a little sarcasm when writing the poem.
4. What are the tone and mood of the poem? -The tone is put into affect in the title, “War is Kind”; we know that war is not kind and that it is very horrendous; therefore, the tone is set with this and throughout the poem as well.
5. What made you choose this poem? -I remember hearing this poem sometime before, I cannot remember when. However, when I read the chapter and saw it in the part that explains, “tone”, I assumed that I should read it to find out why someone would think, “War is Kind”.
6. Did you find places where you “connected” with the poem? Maybe you said….
“oh wow, that’s like the time I……”
“I understand what the main character is going through because…”
“This really means a lot to me because….”
In other words, tell me how this poem affected you…