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Analyzing Multiple Poems (Grade 7)

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Analyzing Multiple Poems

1. 
Track and Field Butterfly
by A. Gautam

I am running from the shadows
And running for myself

My calves have given up
Like marshmallows under fire

I am starving for breath

Heavy with pearls of sweat
When the breeze brushes
Against my forehead gently
Like branches caressing
The image of the full moon

I am a curled up caterpillar
The floor is my leaf

The cocoon is falling apart

My feet stretch out like wings

My muscles are made of dreams
A. 
The simile in lines 3 and 4 of the poem, "My calves have given up / Like marshmallows under fire" shows that?
  1. the speaker's calves are white.
  2. the speaker hates running.
  3. the speaker needs to be warm.
  4. the speaker's legs feel weak.
B. 
Which lines from the poem contain a simile?
  1. "I am a curled up caterpillar / The floor is my leaf"
  2. "The cocoon is falling apart / My feet stretch out like wings"
  3. "I am running from the shadows / And running for myself"
  4. "When the breeze brushes / Against my forehead gently"
C. 
How does the sequence of the poem connect with the butterfly theme?



D. 
Read the poem aloud.
Does the poem sound different when read aloud?
Compare/contrast what you thought about the poem before and after reading it aloud.



2. 
Generation Apart

I stand in front of a mirror, next to my mother.
Years have pulled her skin and planted lines
Yet we have the same eyes, hazel and deep.
Hers see things beyond my time;
mine dream of beauty, hope, and such things.

We stand together, generation apart
I hold my mother's hands?as light as feathers,
hands that taught me how to write my words.
Now, the wrinkles tell her stories to me.

I see beyond the scarf, and the glasses,
past the fading gray of her white hair.
For a moment, I see her as a child
that grew up to be me.
A. 
The author uses the personification in "years have pulled her skin loose and planted lines" to?
  1. show the speaker's mother is trying to look younger.
  2. show years have passed, but the mother doesn't know it.
  3. show that the mother has trouble applying her make-up.
  4. show time has passed, and the mother's skin has aged.
B. 
What type of figurative language does the author use to describe the mother's wrinkles?
  1. personification
  2. hyperbole
  3. metaphor
  4. simile
3. 
Homecoming
by A. Gautam

I was off to see my father past the fog and the mist.
The newspaper crumpled in my fist,
and frost lay like stardust on my shoulders.
My feet trembled against the icy floor.

I was off to meet my father at the train station.
Our photograph was warm in my coat pocket.
The bench was cold like a broken friendship.
The engine whizzed past my reddish ears.

I was off to find my father among the happy faces,
and people swarmed as bees attacking a stone
that had just flung past their wounded hive.
Then, he appeared like the sun peeping through the clouds.

My father, finally home in my arms melted the winter.
He returned whole after all these years
and gave life to my photograph,
now, warmer than all summers of my lifetime.
A. 
Which of the following lines from the above poem is an example of a simile?
  1. "now, warmer than all summers of my lifetime"
  2. "and frost lay like stardust on my shoulders"
  3. "He returned whole after all these years"
  4. "Our photograph was warm in my coat pocket"
B. 
Read this line from the poem:

Then, he appeared like the sun peeping through the clouds.

Why does the poet compare the father to the sun?
  1. to demonstrate how bright things can make people happier in crowded places
  2. to explain that it is no longer cold when the father finally arrives at the station
  3. to show how he brightens the speaker's day when he emerges from the crowd
  4. to encourage people to be positive like a ray of sunshine in a cold and dark day
4. 
My Sister and I on a Sunday Evening

She leans her pink elbow on the green grass.
The rim of her glasses forms a dent on her cheek.
Her fingers are tendrils wrapped around a book.
She is a snail resting inside a paper shell.
I wonder what she reads in silence
and wipe mud off my scraped knees.
My feet shuffle across the ground chasing a softball
and my sneakers imprint dents on the field.
I am a bee shuffling through the leaves.
We are a world apart in the same backyard.
But under the moonlight,
we are both glowworms of the night
sparkling of different dreams.
A. 
The metaphor in line 4 of the poem, "She is a snail resting inside a paper shell" shows:
  1. the speaker's sister is nervously hiding behind a pile of books.
  2. the speaker's sister seems to be sleeping with a book as a pillow.
  3. the speaker's sister is reading a book about the habits of snails.
  4. the speaker's sister seems comfortable while reading a book.
B. 
Which line from the poem contains a metaphor?
  1. "I am a bee shuffling through the leaves"
  2. "She leans her pink elbow on the green grass"
  3. "and my sneakers imprint dents on the field"
  4. "We are a world apart in the same backyard"

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