Scholarly Conclusion

The children in my school, my students, learn the figures of speech and repeat them each time they learn another poem. So, during class, my mind came up with this.Β 

I’m a scholar
And I was taught to grasp
The figures in your speech.

I tremble at the hyperboles
Used just to persuade,
I taste the sweet epithets
Uttered to impress.

Litotes you use just right
To shrink me in size.
You paint in oxymorons
Deliberately, to confuse.

Synesthesia in your voice
Sounds like a warm breeze.
Cruel voice, the softest murmur
Onomatopoeic and personified.

But I’m a scholar and I know
That words are everything,
But also nothing,
Nothing at all.

8 thoughts on “Scholarly Conclusion

    1. It’s wonderful when you have students who like to talk about literature. They can inspire you, and even though they’re in minority, they’re worth all the effort and time it takes to prepare for class. And then, there are those who cause problems all the time… Teaching is a strange profession. XD

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  1. Amen to that fellow writer,
    (In truth, this comment is kind of late)
    Remember I do, as a student too,
    These terms being forced to apply,
    In the dreaded self-commentary
    And yet, I warrant you too,
    Don’t think of names and terms
    When weaving lyrical magic!

    P.S. You know, if my English teacher had made a poem out of the technical side of analysing poetry, more kids might have been inclined to study it…

    P.S.2: Kudos if you get the obscure movie reference πŸ˜‰


    1. This is one of the best comments I’ve received (if not the best) πŸ™‚
      I hope I’ll manage to make literature interesting for my students, especially since it really can be interesting. πŸ˜‰


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