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Bird In The Classroom Poem Analysis Essay

Essay on Poetry discussion on The Best Of School by D. H. Lawrence.

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Poetry discussion on The Best Of School by D. H. Lawrence.

" The Best Of School"

I recently studied " The Best Of School" by D. H. Lawrence. I made this piece my choice as I found it not only poetic but also informative. It gives you some insight as to how some teachers possibly think in their day in school. D. H. Lawrence was once a teacher and therefore had prior knowledge to the theme this poem was based on.

The poem was written in the early 1900's but still would be appropriate in present day schools. " The Best Of School" is written through the eyes of a teacher. It is an optimistic view of young boys learning in the classroom

I was impressed by the way Lawrence made many references to soothing natural imagery and…show more content…

I could understand this respect for their teacher as I have had teachers who have shown me respect so I return it. This makes you want to work harder to show that they have taught you well.

The teacher only sees hope and optimism for his pupils he uses a simile to describe the boys learning from the teacher " Discovery, like birds that steal and flee." The boys are stealing the teacher's knowledge and the teacher is happy for them to steal his knowledge.
The teacher is generous and willing to help the boys. Throughout the poem the teacher is described as a vast source of knowledge to the boys. As if they just needed to look at him for inspiration. He was going to have a great impact on their learning years thus making them able to go out into the world with an optimistic future.

In comparison to another poem I read " Last Lesson Of The Afternoon" I found " The Best Of School" to be more optimistic. In " Last Lesson Of
The Afternoon" he describes the pupils as a " pack of unruly hounds" which portrayed them as disobedient. The teacher says, " How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart?" this is totally different from the other poem it uses much more violent imagery. In another part of the poem he writes " On a quarry of knowledge" and "hate to hunt"

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Today we are going to present the poem “Bird in the Classroom” by Colin Thiele. Before we go on, we will take a look at the title. The title has clearly answer us the question of the 5Ws, who, teacher and students; what, there is a bird fly over; where, inside the classroom; when, during the lesson. After looking at the title, we are going to read out the poem once. (Read Odd Number-Kennedy, Even Number-Richard) Now we are going to go over each stanza. The first stanza tells us, the students are losing attention to the lesson. As it written, the teacher speaks with a ‘ponderous monotone’, just like telling a bed time story to the class. For the first stanza the author used juxtaposition on ‘Melted and run together, desks and flesh as one.’ A great contrastive, and notifies the students are hardly stay focus to the lesson, slowly lie on the desk. Symbol is also applied the word ‘sea’ which means lost. Moving along to the second stanza, students are now asleep. Eyes are barely opened with heavy body lie against on the desk. Ears are closed, blocking the sound from outside. The attitude through the first and second stanzas gives to the reader as lack of energy or no hope. The next stanza is the shifting point, from pasting out to gaining live again. The key word of the shifting tone is “sudden”, it changes the whole atmosphere. On this stanza, it comes out the bird. And its voice is so beautiful that flow in the air, and uses metaphor to describe it. ‘Each note gleamed, like a bead of frost.’ The forth stanza is quite similar to the third, since it describes in more details on the voice. By uses analogy which compares between line 22 and 23 ‘But they sprang the heat like drops of ice.’ Also it employed simile, ‘like’ as a direct comparison. The fifth stanza, is basically summarizes the whole poem. Before the shift, the students are all down, ‘ears cocked, fading and chuckling’. But when the bird comes, it unlocked all the problems. As it written ‘Such...

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