Good morning. Today is the day that I told you that I would provide answers to questions posed to you this week in Poetry Pondering and Points to Ponder. So, let's get right to it, shall we?
On Monday, September 18 we had questions from “Poetry Pondering.” I have listed the questions again for you for your convenience. The answers are provided in a different color immediately following each question. The answers that I provide may or may not correspond with the ones that you came up with. But, that is the beauty of poetry, it allows for individual interpretation and/or expression.
1. What ties the poems together into a cohesive group? Explain. The poems are tied together in a cohesive group under the theme of Fall or Autumn things.
2. What feeling is evoked in the second poem? Explain. Fear is evoked because the speaker clearly suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders). The third poem? Explain. Joy, awe, and wonder are expressed in this poem because the speaker loves looking at the various colors of the leaves. The speaker thinks about the Lord each time he/she beholds his handiwork through the Fall colors. Additionally, there seems to be a feeling of assurance given to the speaker concerning the power that men wield.
3. What is the status of the speaker in the last poem? Explain. The speaker is in a state of learned contentment knowing that the Lord always takes care of His own.
4. Two of the poems above display a change of perception. Which two are they and expound upon the perception change. Time does not apparently move as slowly as the speaker once thought. The kitchen, a place where the speaker loved to spend time, has become a place of remembered terror and its peaceful atmosphere has been erased.
5. Write appropriate titles for each poem and give your rationale for the title you give to each poem. First poem title – “Time, Why?” was chosen for this poem because apparently, the process of time is something that the speaker had given thought to down through the years. Second poem – Shiny Black Monster was chosen for this poem because apparently the spider spoken of was horrendously huge and shiny. Third poem – Tableau Painter was chosen as a point of awe and reverent recognition to the Lord for His magnificent handiwork in the coloring of the trees. Last poem – Whatever Time was chosen for this poem because the speaker seems to have learned that basic needs would always be met whether in a season of plenty or of scarcity.
On Wednesday, September 20, we had questions from “Points to Ponder.”
1. Is the article appropriately titled? Why or why not? Yes, it is appropriately titled because the reference is made to the speaker not knowing why he/she was driven to buy a journal. The speaker seems to be in awe of the fact that the Lord was working His purpose all along in his/her life.
2. Why is there one line in bold print? This line is highlighted because apparently, the speaker believes that there are blessings to be gathered soon from the prior activity.
3. Why is a portion of the line in bold print highlighted? Any significance to the color? What? Season of blessings seems to be highlighted because apparently, the speaker believes that there is a season of plenty such as has never been known coming his/her way. The green highlighting might indicate the speaker’s belief that the Creator of all things “Keeps things rolling along as long as grass grows green from season to season.”
On Thursday, September 21, we had questions from “Poetry Points to Ponder.”
1. What is the theme of this poem? The theme is victory.
2. Give it an appropriate title. Explain your choice. “Needn’t Have Worried,” is the title that I would choose for this poem. I would choose this title because the speaker has led us through her time of mountain climbing and valley scaling to a conclusion of victory.
3. Do you think that life has been easy for the speaker in the poem? Substantiate. This speaker has had some ups and downs in life just as most people have. The speaker has determined that things will ebb and flow, as always, but that the Lord will provide. The speaker seems to have an intuitive belief that magnanimous blessings are headed his/her way.
Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones