Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Ode Poem

Today we wrote an ode to an everyday item. This is a poem that asks you to look at something ordinary and everyday, and describe it in such a way that it becomes exciting and wonderful.

For example, a poet name Pablo Neruda wrote a poem about an onion. Onions are simple, everyday objects but he used very descriptive language and good detail to make an onion spectacular.

"Ode To The Onion" by Pablo Neruda

luminous flask,
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
crystal scales expanded you
and in the secrecy of the dark earth
your belly grew round with dew.
Under the earth
the miracle
and when your clumsy
green stem appeared,
and your leaves were born
like swords
in the garden,
the earth heaped up her power
showing your naked transparency,
and as the remote sea
in lifting the breasts of Aphrodite
duplicating the magnolia,
so did the earth
make you,
clear as a planet
and destined
to shine,
constant constellation,
round rose of water,
the table
of the poor.

You make us cry without hurting us.
I have praised everything that exists,
but to me, onion, you are
more beautiful than a bird
of dazzling feathers,
heavenly globe, platinum goblet,
unmoving dance
of the snowy anemone

and the fragrance of the earth lives
in your crystalline nature.

And here's Pablo Neruda!

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