Not My Bones, My Presentation - Darren Lee March 1 2013 8th Grade English Bow-less Skeleton I am not my body I am not my body These are the very words

Not My Bones, My Presentation - Darren Lee March 1 2013 8th...

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Darren Lee March 1, 2013 8 th Grade English Bow-less Skeleton I am not my body, I am not my body. These are the very words spoken more than 15 times in Marilyn Nelson’s poem “Not My Bones.” A poem of more than 40 lines and plenty of assonance, “Not My Bones” is bones worth reading. This poem is a conventional type of poem, due to the fact that there is form, including rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. The rhyming pattern is: abcbddaa, efgfhhaa, aijkllaa, amcmnnaa, aolpqqaa, mmraoaoo. The rhythm is anapestic, otherwise known as “unstressed, unstressed, stressed.” There are two personifications seen here, both in Stanza 1: “…molecules converged for a breath” and “[molecules] danced on beyond my…death.” Perhaps the main mechanical emphasis of this poem is the alliteration. Repeated at the end of every stanza sometimes at the beginning are variants of the phrase: “I am not my body, I am not my bones.” Others examples of alliteration include “I’ll tell you” (seen as “I’ll” and “I will”), “free,” “we are,” and letters including “clouds, clothes”

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