Poems That Evoke Thought and EmotionBy Mason Schrage
Table of ContentsPg. 1 IntroductionPg. 2 The Waking, Theodore Roethke: Poetry Out LoudPg. 3 Buick, Karl Shapiro: Poetry Out LoudPg. 4 The Daring One, Edwin Markham: Poetry Out LoudPg. 5 The Legend, Garrett Hongo: Poetry FoundationPg. 6 Taking One For The Team, Sara Holbrook: Poetry FOundationPg. 7 For The Young Who Want To, Marge Piercy: Poetry FoundationPg. 8 Tula [“Books are door-shaped”], By Margarita Engle: Poetry FoundationPg. 9At the Crossroad, Highways 61 and 49, By J. Patrick Lewis: Poetry FoundationPg. 10 We Real Cool,Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry FoundationPg. 11 Introduction
This anthology contains poems that I have found to resonate within myself and reflect personal traits. There are poems that contain interests that i share, some that i simply found to be beautiful, and others that had a style that was unique and intriguing to read. These poems caused me to reflect on past events, look into my own life and find where things have gone wrong, when they have gone right and other aspects of myself. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as i did, and take into account my thoughts shared through my commentary.
The WakingBy Theodore RoethkeI wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.Of those so close beside me, which are you? God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go.Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair; I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.Great Nature has another thing to do To you and me; so take the lively air, And, lovely, learn by going where to go.This shaking keeps me steady. I should know. What falls away is always. And is near. I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I learn by going where I have to go.Commentary for “The Waking”:“The Waking” was a very intriguing and thoughtful poem because its repetitive style reminded the reader of its message, over and over again. The work is mainly a nature poem but contains spiritual and philosophical traits that make it more special. Roethke wants us to undersand that each day we wake up and make choices and while we do not know what they
are and whether or not they are the right ones we can not fear such choices. He also asks the reader to look at those around he or she, and make a judgement, are these people you want to havei n your life? These are the questions and inevitable answers that make up life, it is not important to dwell on past experiences, but to look to the new ones. Another piece to the puzzle of life is one of our waking life or our dreaming one, as described in the first line “I wake to sleep,” do we simply wake to a dream or is this the life we are living, philisophical ideas like this once again ask the reader to evaluate how they are living their lives. The mind is what makes us, us. When your mind is functioning well you can almost see it reflecting in the ideas and