Week 23–More Metaphors

This week is an exciting week. You have three really good poems to study. Two are easy and one is Shakespeare–you’re welcome 😉 ❤

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (Thursday)

If anyone wants to go… my family (and two other families in our class) are going to the Norton Simon museum to see Van Gogh’s bedroom painting that is out from Chicago, before it goes back next week. If you want to meet us, we will be there at 1pm.

The Bedroom

You don’t have to go, but I thought I would invite you, in case you like museums and art 🙂 I especially love the Degas collection at the Norton Simon ❤

On Friday we are going to see a play together ❤

Italian Pot “Faith” Friday Before Play

We voted in class and the kids decided on an Italian Theme for the food. If you haven’t picked a main dish or a side dish, sign up in the comments below. It sounds DEEEEElicious.

So far, we have done sign ups for:

  • Pizza (cheap 5 dollar)–_____________________
  • Garlic bread (bring some gluten free too, for Nait)–Macey 
  • I can bring gluten free baked ziti–Me
  • Fettuccine Alfredo–Jacob R.
  • Lasagna–Isaiah M.
  • Salad–______________________
  • Drinks–Kylie
  • Dessert (ice cream?)–Samuel (maybe?)
  • Other?________________________

Play Tickets

Thank you guys for paying for your tickets today!!! I bought some food at Sprouts ❤ Here is a list of who has paid/who needs to pay:

  • Donica M. (2 tickets–$26.00)-PAID
  • Jacob R. (1 ticket–$13.00)* -PAID
  • Samuel T. (2 tickets–$26.00)-PAID
  • Macey R. (3 tickets–$39.00)-PAID
  • Nait/Christahn K. (3 tickets–$39.00)-Absent
  • Kylie E. (2 tickets–$26.00)-PAID
  • Josh W. (2 tickets–$26.00)-Absent
  • Isaiah M. (1 ticket–$13.00)*-PAID
  • Mitchell C. (2 tickets–$26.00)-PAID

Play Waivers

The following students are carpooling to the play, and I need to have a medical release form with me before we go:

  • Jacob R.-DONE
  • Isaiah M.-DONE
  • Nait K.- still need*
  • Christahn K.- still need*

*I will bring 2 blank ones to the museum, so your mom can fill them out for me 🙂

Poetry Essay

We are nearing the end of our poetry unit, and pretty soon we will have an essay. I am going to ask you to write an analytical essay where you explicate a poem that you have never seen before. It is a good one. I just don’t know if I want you to do it in class or during the week. I am just afraid if I ask you to do it during the week you might rely on online resources instead of wrestling with it yourself.

Fahrenheit 451

After we finish this unit, we are going to start the last unit of the year. Ray Bradbury…Fahrenheit 451. I had a girl in discipleship tell me on Sunday that it is her favorite book and the first book that she ever LOVED. I was so excited. In fact, I am going to go grab my copy right now and review it.

Before we get into the Fahrenheit 451 unit, we will have a formal class debate on the topic of censorship (book burning and censorship is a major element of the novel). So you will need to do some research. Research is fun. Just make sure your parents are with you, because some websites that talk about censorship might display things that you don’t want to see. Web shields like “Covenant Eyes” are a mighty blessing. Or you could ask your parents to just print out some clean articles FOR YOU to work with. ❤

This Week:


  • Read “Fog,” by Carl Sandburg and “Fire and Ice,” by Robert Frost
  • Literary Terms Notebook (Implied and Direct Metaphor) below
  • Journal 13


  • Questions for Thought and Analysis (below) Label your paper Activity 17
  • Literary Terms Notebook (Extended Metaphor) below
  • Journal 14



  • Questions for Thought and Analysis (below) Label your paper Activity 18
  • Get your snacks together for the Pot Luck
  • If anyone wants to go… my family (and two other families in our class) are going to the Norton Simon museum to see Van Gogh’s bedroom painting that is out from Chicago, before it goes back next week. If you want to meet us, we will be there at 1pm. You don’t have to go, but I thought I would invite you, in case you like museums and art 🙂 I especially love the Degas collection at the Norton Simon ❤


  • After School, we have a pot luck dinner. Then we will travel together to the play 🙂

Poetry Folder:

  • Activity 1–“Dust of Snow” and “Lost”
  • Activity 2–Analysis of Art Picture
  • Activity 3–“What Skills Help You Enjoy poetry” chapter and “Your Turn”
  • Activity 4–Analysis of “My Father’s Song” and “First Lesson”
  • Activity 5–Analysis of “A Blessing”
  • Activity 6–Analysis of “Woman Work” and “Daily”
  • Activity 7–Analysis of Haiku
  • Activity 8–Analysis of “Once By the Pacific” by Robert Frost
  • Activity 9–Scanning “Stopping by Woods…”
  • Activity 10–Scanning “When I Consider…”
  • Activity 11–Analysis of “Stopping by Woods…” and “When I Consider”
  • Activity 12-Edgar Allan Poe “The Bells”
  • Activity 13- “Base Stealer” and “American Hero”
  • Activity 14-Metaphor and Simile Worksheet
  • Activity 15-Analysis of “Tiburon”
  • Activity 16-Analysis of “Hope” is a Thing With Feathers
  • Activity 17-Analysis of “Fog” and “Fire and Ice”
  • Activity 18-Analysis of “The Seven Ages of Man”

Literary Terms Notes: Implied and Direct Metaphor

By now you know that figures of speech compare one thing to another, very different thing.

A simile expresses the comparison by using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles:

The moon looks like a balloon.

A direct metaphor tells us directly that one thing is something else:

The moon is a balloon.

An implied metaphor, however does not tell us directly that one thing is something else. Instead, it suggests the comparison:

Without a string, the moon drifts across the sky.

The following poems are two of the shortest that Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost ever wrote. As you read the poems, use your powers of inference to figure out the implied metaphor in each one. (Holt, Elements of Literature)


The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.


by, Carl Sandburg

“Fire and Ice”

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
by Robert Frost

Questions for Thought and Analysis


  1. What animal does Sandburg compare the fog to, and how do you know?
  2. What parts of the animal’s body does he mention?
  3. What does this animal do?
  4. What qualities does fog share with the animal in Sandburg’s poem? Could fog also be compared to an elephant? a snake? a dog?

Fire and Ice

  1. According to the speaker in “Fire and Ice,” what disagreement do some people have about how the world will end?
  2. Which side of the argument does the speaker agree with?
  3. How could the world end in fire?
  4. How could the world end in ice?
  5. How would you define desire as Frost uses the word in the poem? How is desire like fire? How could desire bring on the end of the world?
  6. Why would the speaker feel that hate and ice have something in common? How could hate cause the destruction of the world?
  7. Brandi’s Question–What Bible verse answers the question for us–Will this world end with fire or ice????

Literary Focus-Extended Metaphor

1397287_10201780489146366_1625962359_oIn Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, a character called Jaques (pronounces Jay-qweez) makes a speech that is considered one of the finest examples of extended metaphor ever written. An extended metaphor is a comparison developed over several lines of writing. In the play, Jaques’s speech is a monologue–a long speech delivered by a single character and directed at other characters onstage. Here it is presented as a separate poem.)

Jaques opens with the famous metaphor: “All the world’s a stage.” As he goes on, Jaques extends that metaphor to compare the stages of our lives to seven acts, with seven different roles all played by the same actor. In the play, Jaques is a moody character. See if you think this speech reflects his gloomy outlook on life.

*** We went on a field trip a couple years ago to go see this play. But I don’t think any of you guys went.

The Seven Ages of Man

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

by, William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

Questions for Thought and Analysis

  1. In Shakespeare’s famous metaphor that compares the world to a stage, what does he compare men and women to?
  2. Shakespeare uses an extended metaphor when he has Jaques describe a person’s life as though it were a play made up of seven acts. Name those seven acts.
  3. In this monologue, what images help you picture childhood (the first two acts) as Jaques sees it? What simile describes the schoolboy’s attitude toward school? How do you think Jaques feels about infants and schoolboys?
  4. If the justice’s belly is lined “with good capon,” what doe we know about him? What details make the judge seem like a ridiculous character?
  5. According to Jaques, what physical and mental changes take place when a man reaches the sixth and seventh ages? Does he make old age seem dignified or silly? What do you think of Jaques’s view of old age?
  6. Shakespeare’s famous lines were written more than four hundred years ago. Of the seven ages of man that he characterizes, which do you think remain true to life today? Have any changed?
  7. Brandi Question–Which famous Psalm is also an extended metaphor?

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