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					“Silver” by Walter de la Mare

Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.


“Forgotten Language” by Shel Silverstein

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?

“Drum Song” by Wendy Rose

Listen. Turtle
   your flat round feet
   of four claws each
   go slow, go steady,
   to land to rock to

Listen. Woodpecker
   you lift your red head
   on wind, perch
   on vertical earth
   of tree bark and branch.

Listen. Snowhare
   your belly drags,
   your whiskers dance
   bush to burrow your eyes turn up                   burrow (n) passage or hole for shelter
   to where owls
Listen. Women
   your tongues melt,
   your seeds are planted
   mesa to mesa a shake                                         mesa to mesa: small, high plateau with steep sides
   of gourds,
   a line of mountains
   with blankets
   on their


“If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking” by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Complete the chart based on the above listed poems. Be sure to write in an
example of rhyme, repetition, and alliteration for each poem. In some cases
a term will not apply. Simply write N/A in the appropriate box.

                                 Rhyme                            Repetition                       Alliteration

“Forgotten Language”

“Drum Song”

“If I Can Stop One
Heart from Breaking”

                                                                                                Poetry Unit / Practice Poem Set #1