THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
April 12, 2016

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Sonnet for Poetry Friday

What If This Road Sheenagh Pugh What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; The rest of the poem, with biographical info on the poet and an analysis is here. Scroll down the page (enjoy a few more sonnets on the way) for "What if This Road's" conclusion. I just finished reading Inkdeath, the last entry in Cornelia Funke's Inkworld trilogy. This poem opens Chapter 80. Like Funke's books, the sonnet is a self-aware look at story and its power in our lives. Inkheart, the movie, came out a few weeks ago. The two minute trailer was enough to let me know I must avoid this film! They changed the storyline of the first book (a twister out of The Wizard of Oz?! Gimmicky! Ugh!) more than I could bear. The first book was my favorite. Probably because it's the only one that takes place in our world and I was left to imagine the Inkworld for myself. Check back later for a post about Maryland Arts Day and my adventures as a lobbyist. Also in Shovan news, it's DJRobMan's 12th birthday today. Friday the 13th may be his lucky day, but I'll always remember it as the day my child became an official 'tween. You'll find all the Poetry Friday links at Big A Little A. Have a great Valentine's weekend everyone.

2 comments:

tanita s. davis said...

I love the idea -- of a tarry skin. What a good road description.

I don't want to see the movie either, I'm a believer in Leaving Well Enough Alone much of the time, although I'll eventually see The City of Ember, because it looks like they really tried hard to stick to the story...!

Author Amok said...

The tarry skin, that evocative bolt of cloth. It's really wonderful. I liked many of the pieces Funke used to open the chapters.

Totally agree with you about Leaving Well Enough Alone! I haven't seen The Bridge to Terabithia or Because of Winn Dixie either.