Classroom Highlights

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Choral Readings from Semester 1

All the world’s a stage” is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare‘s As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene vii. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man’s life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood, “sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”. It is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently-quoted passages. (From Wikipedia)
-Zach, Riley, Troy

“Piano” is a lyric poem reflecting the thoughts and feelings of a single speaker as he listens at dusk to a woman singing a song that brings back childhood memories of sitting at his mother’s feet while she played the piano. It is a short poem of twelve lines divided into three quatrains, rhymed aabb. The poem contains vivid images, and specific and concrete details provide a clear embodiment of his memory. (From
-Bailey, Hannah and Joey

In “On Children” by Kahlil Gibran, the speaker emphasizes how parents can not control the desires of their children. Children will think and act for themselves and must have the freedom to grow. Gibran uses figurative language that describes children as living in the “house” of tomorrow. This demonstrates how important children are as members of the future of the world. Gibran also uses metaphors, such as calling parents the “bows” that help the “arrows”, or children, reach their destinations and goals.
-Sam, Kelsey and Becci

Green Rain by Mary Webb
-Mikayla, Jessie, Ty and Daria

Maggie, Milly, Molly and May by E.E. Cummins
In the poem “maggie and milly and molly and may” by E. E. Cummings, four young sisters/friends go to the beach, presumably for the first time. In each stanza a girl is described along with an object they have discovered at the beach. The sea that they go to symbolizes life in general, and all the things that they discover corresponds with how through out life people discover their own characteristics and what makes them unique. (From:
-Rayna, Alyssa, Luke and Brodie

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War is Kind

The pattern of the poem affixes a cynical, satirical statement after every statement of “War is kind.” For example, “War is kind, Hoarse booming drums of the regiment, little souls who thirst for fight, these men were born to drill and die. The unexplained glory flies above them.” Especially when Crane says “the unexplained glory flies above them,” he is making a powerful statement by questioning whether all the death and destruction is really worth it. This questioning is very important, because many wars are not really for what they seem to be for. There are exceptions of course, perhaps World War II and the fight to end the holocaust, perhaps the Civil War and the fight to end slavery, but for the most part, wars are usually conflicts between cultures over natural resources and disagreements over cultural values. The glory of war, the patriotism, the nationalism; Crane is trying to state that all of these emotions we associate with most wars are really made up so that generally people will feel better about their actions in the long term. Crane questions whether or not war is ever really worth anything to anybody in this poem. (From
-Clay, Mike and Delaine

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