Exploring Poetry

 

Life, by Andy Cave

As the sun does rise your life begins.

As you grow older it slowly descends,

and when it sets, your life does end.

 

When I started this assignment I began looking at all different kinds of poetry trying to find something that sparked my interest. This poem by Andy Cave caught my attention. The poem is short and simple and the author does not use complex diction or big words. He does not give the reader elaborate description or really very much detail at all. Even without all of these things, there is still a unique beauty to this poem. The simple rhyme scheme and the passing of time that are described in the poem are what captivated me. In three simple lines, he captured everything he wanted; he captured life.  I do not believe the author would have been able to get his message across any other way. The simplicity of the length and rhyme scheme make what the author is talking about; life, also seem simple. He compares life to the passing of a day, with the sunrise and sunset representing new life and death. He displays the simplicity and shortness of life by comparing it to something that is familiar and comes only for a number of hours and then leaves. Another interesting thing that the author does is his word choice at the end of each line. He used the words, begins, descends, and end. All three of these words summarize what was being talked about in each line.

This poem captures the beauty of life in a rather simplistic way, but sometimes a short and simple poem can express more meaning than an entire novel.

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A Meeting of Years

A year ago, I would never have thought I’d have seen all the changes that I did in 2015, or have been able to predict the impacts they would have on my life. I have learned a lot in the past year, through advice of trusted friends and even through a lot of messy, agitating and overall difficult situations. I have compiled a list of lessons I’ve learned and that have changed me in the past year:

  1. I have never met a New Year’s resolution. I’ve never even lasted a month. Setting goals that last shorter periods of time make goals more achievable, because they don’t seem as difficult and unattainable.
  2. Having people you can trust and rely on is a beautiful and valuable thing and is something that should be protected, invest in, and never taken for granted.
  3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  4. The most difficult tasks can often be the most rewarding. It’s better to push through those difficulties, rather than to quit and wonder what would have happened if you’d kept going.
  5. Naps are beautiful, amazing, wonderful things and should be including in the high school schedule.
  6. The older you get, the more amazing breaks from school are.
  7. There is always room for improvement, which can be exciting and can also be quite daunting.
  8. Negativity has a way of  taking away a person’s joy.

With the start of a new year, I hope to learn even more and to grow and change into a person who constantly looks for the light in the darkest moments.