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 Poet Tribute: Dr Seuss - April 19th - 24th

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PostSubject: Poet Tribute: Dr Seuss - April 19th - 24th   Poet Tribute: Dr Seuss - April 19th - 24th EmptyApril 21st 2013, 7:57 am

**Happy National Poetry Month**

In celebration of National Poetry Month, every 6 days in April we will introduce (or re-introduce) you to a Famous poet, and invite you to attempt to write in their approximate style as a tribute!

April 1-6 Sylvia Plath
April 7-12 Federico García Lorca
April 13-18 W.B Yeats
April 19-24 Dr Seuss
April 25-30 Seamus Heaney

April 19th - 24th Dr Seuss

• Born: 2 March 1904 Massachusetts, U.S – 24 September 1991 California, U.S.
• Most widely known for his childrens books.
• National Read Across America Day in the U.S is celebratred in honour of Seuss annually on the 2nd March.
• During World War II he drew political cartoons in support of President Rossevelt.
• Seuss’s children’s books to this day still out sell a vast majority of other authors.
• Seuss’s books have sold over 600 million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages.

The thing I like about Seuss is his rhythm and rhyme, captivated as a child by such cartoons as Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas I still to this day love his ideas, drawings and most of all his poetry, recent remakes of his books into modern day films with the likes of Jim Carrey and Mike Myers playing the leads still have me laughing and enjoying his narrative poetic style.

I’m a big kid at heart and Seuss touches on my inner child with is poems.

Here is a sample, one of his works:

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And
you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll
decide where to go.

You’ll get mixed up,
of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great
tact and remember that
Life’s A Great Balancing Act.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


by Dr Seuss

This week, we invite you to write a Poetic Tribute poem in the style of Dr Seuss. The thing to consider when writing in the style of Seuss is his meter; the anapestic tetrameter consists of four rhythmic units each composed of two weak syllables followed by a strong one called the beat. Flitting from anapestic and the iambic tetrameter is what gave his work such great rhythm. Please enjoy and I look forward to reading what you come up with.

Take the red pill, stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
  • a·poc·a·lyp·tic /əˌpäkəˈliptik/ Adjective:
  • .Describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world.
  • .Resembling the end of the world; momentous or catastrophic.
Please comment on at least two pieces of original poetry that are not your own before posting a poem. Thank you.

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PostSubject: A NIGMA. (A "type" of Seuss logic)   Poet Tribute: Dr Seuss - April 19th - 24th EmptyApril 22nd 2013, 4:18 am

A NIGMA. (A "type" of Seuss logic)

The thing with computers that leaves me perplexed
Is the way that you have to
Enter the text
For the QWERTY keyboard leaves me in tears
As I never remember on which row
“B” appears.
For when I was at school, I’d have looked such a fool
If I’d said that “S” came after “A”
And then, where could I go
To find words I don’t know
‘Cos my dictionary’s not written that way.

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Zed or Zee

Once in the town of Zedbezee
Was a smart kid - the kind
Of smart kid that's a pain in a teachers behind
And at school during class
He raised up his hand - a question to ask
The teacher let out a suffering sigh
"What is it now, you know-it-all kid?
Do you wish to know whether snakes have eyelids?"

The student piped up in a voice so eagerly loud
It caused all his classmates to put their books down
"Why is it sir that we say "zed" and not "zee"
Because I think "zee" is the way it should be"

"You see teacher in the alphabet there are rhymes
"p" rhymes with "v" and "q" rhymes with "u"
but "zed" doesn't make sense, it just doesn't fit!
Why isn't it "zee," I cannot see it."

The teacher with thunderous face did arise
And lifted that kid right out of his chair
Tossed him out in the hallway (which perhaps wasn't fair)
"It is "zed" because that is what has been said
For ages and eons, from Zedbezee's dawn!"
With that the teacher slammed the door on the kid
Who ran home, under some blankets he hid

When his parents arrived home from their work
He told them how his teacher had been a jerk
And explained how he thought "Zed" should be "zee"
Mum and Dad nodded, they said "we agree"

They called up their neighbours and sisters and brothers
They called up their best friends and their best friend's mothers
Soon all Zedbezee was abuzz with the news
That they were teaching the kids the wrong thing in schools!
And the city divided right down the middle
Zed on one side, zee on the other
The whole town was a mess, oh what a pickle!

After much debate and long arguments
A treaty was designed to lay to rest the dissent
Where each side could use either "zed" or "zee"
They were both the same in reality.
Just when things were getting back to normal
That kid he did something quite awful
He went back to school and raised his hand high
To ask the teacher "why oh why
is there a "u" in colour that's not really there?
Why have it at all, is that really fair?"

And well dear reader I'm sure you can guess
What happened in the town of Zedbezee next

I will live for you and carry you in my heart
And you'll write songs in the silver stars
~Silver Stars (Jay's Song)

**remember 2 replies for every poem you post**

Jayla Veimerdei ~Singing Sorrow~My Poetry
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