I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post
This is an example of the actual author of the poem in the question being unable to figure out what the right answer is supposed to be.
Think about that for a moment. Don’t you think the author should be the final authority on things having to do with the piece they created?
I’m reminded of the time I gave my grade 10 English teacher a copy of my brother’s poem. I did not get along with most English teachers, but this one in particular disliked me.
I actually ended up failing English that year and had to re-take it in summer school. Now, THAT was the best class I ever had – in my entire school career – and as you can see, we were NOT a typical bunch of kids. One of the kids in the class was even a grade 9 student taking grade 10 English to get ahead (can you guess which one?).
Anyhow, this is the poem I gave my teacher:
Yea, though the bush burneth amongst the oak trees,
Let not the cookie crumble into the sea,
Thus making a mockery of the turnip,
Who ate the dwarf.
My teacher found deep and profound symbolism in this poem, which I found very amusing, seeing as how I knew for a fact that my brother had written it late one night in a drunken stupor. The poem was the drunken rambling of a teenage kid trying to make his similarly drunken friends laugh.
Perhaps the lesson to take away from these is:
Intelligence Is Believing Only Half Of What You Hear; Brilliance Is Knowing Which Half.
Unfortunately, when we are in school, we rarely have the option of questioning our teachers.