October 18

Analyzing Poetry

1. The song “Ghosting” is about a guy (main singer in the band AKA Ryan Guldemond) who has an interest in someone but they do not like him back, and he is tired of chasing after the person he likes. The song address a social phenomenon.

2. The main singer in the band is singing to the public. He is singing to let everyone know he does’t care about what people think, and he is done chasing after the person he likes.

3. The song is written using a metaphor. The song has a theme of Halloween, they talk about ghosts, tricks and treats. They are not talking about those things literally, they are using those words for an example to get their point across. When they sing “Ive been ghosting” They do not literals mean they are ghost but the connotation perspective of the word being invisible and lonely. The main singer can not be measured for the amount of lonesome he is feeling, so the words in the song are abstract. The song is free of cliches and has good diction. You can tell the song has good diction because all of the words flow and sound nice together.

4. The song is contemplative, the main singer expresses his thoughts through out the song. “I’ve been ghosting alone
Ghost in the world, ghost with no home” These words from the song set the tone that he is feeling lonely. For the most part the tone stays the same, at the beginning he sings about how he has been lonely (a ghost) and later he sings about not needing to be recognized, “And you don’t need me” he realizes that he doesn’t need the girl he has been chasing after.

5. The lines are short and start with 2 lines in each stanza then go to a few big paragraphs from about 4-8 lines in each stanza. The song has end rhymes scheme and is very repetitive as well the song is an open poem, because the lyrics do not follow any specific rules.

6.The song relates back to halloween using it as a metaphor for the song. “You don’t need poltergeists for sidekicks” is synecdoche because when we read the line we know that he is saying he does not need ghost for sidekicks even though it does not specifically state that. Throughout the song the band uses assonance and alliteration, for example when they sing “you don’t need treats
And you don’t need tricks.”I think the song is an understatement, because the guy  does not want to make a big deal that he is like a ghost when he is around the person he likes.  I think the tittle of the song fits perfectly, I would not change the tittle even if I had the opportunity to. I think the tittle “Ghosting” fits well because the song is about someone feeling like a ghost when he is interested in a person but they don’t like him back.

7. The band does a good job in recreating their experience and turning it into a song, I understand what the song is about and the message they are wanting to get across. When I listen to the song, I have a short movie playing in my head where I picture what is happening in the song. I really enjoy listening to the song but I don’t feel like the song has made me more aware of anything.

September 20

Sam the Athlete Persuasive Paragraph

The Boy who Played with the Girls

A boy pretended to be a girl just so he could be on the field hockey team.  Sam the athlete by Stuart McLean was about a boy named Sam who accidentally signed up for the girls field hockey team. Sam had never been the athletic type so when he made the team he was very exited. When Sam realized he was playing on a girls team, he receives the uniform; it was a skirt. Sam decides to wear the skirt and pretended to be a girls because he loved playing on the team. “So for three weeks that September, shaved-legged and skirted, Sam lived a lie.” Sam’s mother soon sought the information that Sam’s field hockey team was a co-ed team and he was aloud to wear shorts. Knowing this information Sam still decided to wear the skirt. Sam felt confident, comfortable and content while wearing the skirt and continued to wear it. People disagreed with Sam’s choice to wear the skirt because they were worried he would get bullied or he would stand out and draw attention to himself. Sam should have continued to wear the skirt because it did not effect any of the other players and it made Sam feel free and happy. Sam had distinctively made the choice to wear the skirt to prove people do not have to wear the stereotypical clothing to match their gender. Sam had stood up for himself and for others by simply doing what he felt was right.