I WONDER BY JEANNIE KIRBY
I wonder why the grass is green
And why the wind is never seen?
Who taught the birds to build a nest
And told the trees to take rest?
O, when the moon is not quite round
Where can the missing bit be found?
Who lights the stars, when they blow out
And makes the lightning flash out?
Who paints the rainbow in the sky
And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?
Why it is now, do you suppose
That Dad won’t tell me, if he knows?
SYNOPSIS OF THE POEM
A child is questioning about the phenomena in nature. He asks about the colors of nature, for example, why the grass is green and not another color. He asks about why some things like the wind, is felt but not seen. He ...view middle of the document...
1. We should care our environment. Nature is wonderful and it is God’s creation and we should appreciate it.
2. There is an existence of God. A lot of the things in nature are beyond our control so we must constantly be aware of God’s presence and power over nature and over us human beings and over our lives.
3. We must have a strong desire to learn a lot of knowledge.
TONE OF POEM
1. It has curious, wondering tone and also a tone of awe/wonder at the phenomena of nature.
2. The poem has a reflective, thinking and questioning mood.
HEIR CONDITIONING BY DATO’ M.
Granddad did you breathe
Before air cons were invented
Wasn't it hard staying
Alive without modern inventions
Gandma weren't you flustered
As you fluttered with paper fans
Could you communicate before
Faxes and long distance calls
Became basic necessities?
Grandchild we lived
Before your age because
Of our ignorance,
We did not know
Pollution, stress, traffic jams
Destruction of forests, streams and hills
We feared God and nature
Now nature fears you and
Money is your new God
MEANING OF POEM
Stanza 1 - The stanza above revolves around the point of view of the persona or the “grandchild”. He or she keeps asking questions about how was life before he or she was born. In other words, the persona is wondering how the latter-days underwent their daily lives without being equipped with technological appliances. It is shown in the stanza that the persona is of young generation who may used to living with comfort and wealth; feeling the cold of the air conditioner instead of fluttering the paper fan while having a phone conversation at the same time. Besides, the persona even wonders how the older generation could keep in touch with each other since at those days fax machines and telephones were hardly to be found yet those devices are necessary to be used nowadays.
Stanza 2 - The second stanza is about the response of the grandparent-on behalf of the older generation- on all the questions asked by the “grandchild”. The grandparent answers the main question asked by the grandchild, which is, how the latter-days lived without the aid of modern technological devices such as air conditioning and telephones that have been proven to make life so much easier these days. In the stanza above, the grandparent then explains that although he or she had lived in an age before their knowledge was “advanced” enough to invent such technological conveniences as being mentioned in the phrase “because of our ignorance”, they lived without the stress, traffic jams and the destruction of nature that such modern development brings with it. At the same time, the grandparent insists that uncontrolled development has made those living in the grandchild’s age being said to worship money as it is only with money that such modern gadgetry can be bought. Ironically, the old always know that such conveniences do come with expensive, spiritual price to be paid which are the...