All posts by parsonsluke

Hey everyone, I'm Luke and I love to read and write books and stories as well as poetry. I am an English lover and strive to become an English lecturer and a well known writer. My writing will never be common and I will always produce interesting reading material that is interesting and meaningful.

World War One Images & History

A brief History…

‘World War I was a major conflict fought between 1914 and 1918. Other names for World War I include the First World War, WWI, the War to End All Wars, and the Great WarWorld War I was fought between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers. The main members of the Allied Powers were France, Russia, and Britain’ – https://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_i/

‘World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers).’ – www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-history

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Poetic Devices

Poetic Devices – Techniques used to give writing style as well as emphasis and meaning.

Types of poetic Devices:

Imagery – Creating images using words.

Stanza – Adding division into the poem by grouping two or more lines together. The stanzas are usually similar in length, meter and rhyme.

Refrain – A line or lines repeated in intervals throughout the poem. This is done to convey a certain message across to the reader.

Rhyme – Words with similar sounds either at the beginning of the word or the sound at the end of the word places close together in order to emphasis their similar sounds. It usually occurs at the end of lines (end rhyme), but it may occur within a line of poetry (internal rhyme.

Rhyme Scheme – A pattern of rhyme in a poem, shown by marking similar sounds with the same letter of the alphabet at the end of the line.

For example:

steeple A

town B

people A

down B

  • There fore the rhyme scheme is ABAB

Rhythm – Pattern of stressed and unstressed sounds, this may be similar to a beat in a song.

Activity 1: (group work) For each of the above poetic devices, explain why poets may use that particular device. Write down your explanations and report back to the class. 

Types of poetry: 

Blank verse – There is no clear rhythm, it often resembles ordinary speech. Unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Narrative poem – In layman terms, a poem that tells a story. Examples of types of Narrative poetry are Ballads and Epics.

Lyrical poem – Expresses emotions of the speaker by revealing personal thoughts and emotions. Typically quite short in length.

Ballad poem – As mentioned above, a ballad tells a story. Ballads can also be expressed in song and forms one of the earliest forms of literature.

Bonus* Elegy – A dignified poem mourning the death of someone of importance. For Example: “O Captain! My Captain!” (Walt Whitman’s elegy to president Lincoln).

Activity 2: Find different examples of the poems mentioned above and quote a line that clearly shows the type of poem that it is. Write these examples in your workbooks as well as the name of the poem from where you got your quote. 

 

Figures of Speech (A Summary)

  • Alliteration –  Repetition of the beginning sounds. Ex: She sells seashells
  • Anaphora – Phrases (or verses in a poem) begin with the same word or words. Ex: I came, I saw, I conquered
  • Assonance – Repetition of vowel sounds in words that are close together.   Ex: A – For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore
  • Euphemism – Mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term. Ex: ‘Letting him go’ instead of ‘firing him’
  • Hyperbole – Exaggeration for emphasis or effect. Ex: I’ve told you a hundred times
  • Metaphor – Compares two unlikely things without the use of ‘like’ or ‘as’. Ex: Heart of stone
  • Onomatopoeia – Word that sounds like what it is describing. Ex: Whoosh and Splat
  • Oxymoron – Two contradictory terms used together. Ex : Jumbo Shrimp and Free Market
  • Personification – Giving human qualities to non-living things or ideas.  Ex: The flowers nodded
  • Simile – Comparison between two things using ‘like’ or ‘as’.                                            Ex : As slippery as an eel.

 

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Resource : http://examples.yourdictionary.com/figure-of-speech-examples.html

Sky! Earth! Hell!

“The sky above .The Earth we live on. The hell beneath our feet. Play a fundamental role in the way we live.”

– William J.K Black

The mask we wear everyday starts to fade away after one looks into another’s eyes, where the fire that burns is shown.
The fire that burns in hell reflects the light or burns the heart and that reveals a persons true colours.

Many say “the sky is my limit” but many are mistaken the sky is oblivious and has no end, once you have reached your limit you will be dead and life for you will be over. Aim high but don’t go to high because you won’t be able to breath.

I for one will stay on Earth and find my way through the broken cracks that will lead my way to success.

Poetry

In a strangers arms

The strangers around me
don’t feel the pain
They cannot see
I am starting to go insane

But the light in the distance still lingers
I feel it in my heart
While I search for answers
In the life that is art

The strangers arms hold us close
They keep us safe from broken souls
It will not last forever because we pose
A threat to ourselves that cannot be controlled

So do we love the strangers around us
Or do we pretend to because we are aweless

-Luke Parsons

Common spelling errors

Weather Vs Whether

Weather
Snow, Rain, Typhoons and all that crap

Whether
Your correct usage of this word will determine whether or not I kick you in the hemorrhoids.
Nothing gets a point across better than a solid kick to the hemmies.

Effect Vs Affect

Effect is a noun
Affect is a verb

Try substitute a different verb and see if it works

” As a child he was affected by his friends and family”
” As a child he was eaten by his friends and family”

See it works….
I will try and post some more common spelling errors each week.

The new beginning

I would like to inform all you semi-wonderful people about the serious matter that is….

“BASTARDS we call friends, well BASTARDS pretending to be our friends”

Yes I know, it is quite a long title… But let’s be honest, the time it took you to read the title is probably longer than the time your “best friend” actually cared about you..
I for one have gone through many friends and I have come to the realization that friends are not sempiternal.
I have been avoiding writing this “article” because I have needed a while to think about what I was going to say and how I would present it appropriately. Well, the conclusion that I have come to is….

Friends are not really friends but instead people there to show you how much better you can be.. Sorry to say you will never find a ” best friend ” that will really love you for who you are. Yes I have problems but if you are my friend make them our problems and lets help each other get up and move on..
But
Instead people (if you think I’m talking about you, I AM) think it is okay to avoid the problem and just “tread on eggshells”
Which is ridiculous and everyone should throw crap at you because…..
Crap deserves crap.

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