Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BY MADISON LIGUORI-TUCCI

The Dave Matthews Band
Crash Into Me

Youve got your ball
Youve got your chain
Tied to me tight tie me up again
Whos got their claws
In you my friend
Into your heart Ill beat again
Sweet like candy to my soul
Sweet you rock
And sweet you roll
Lost for you Im so lost for you
You come crash into me
And I come into you
I come into you
In a boys dream
In a boys dream
Touch your lips just so I know
In your eyes, love, it glows so
Im bare boned and crazy for you
When you come crash
Into me, baby
And I come into you
In a boys dream
In a boys dream
If Ive gone overboard
Then Im begging you
To forgive me
In my haste
When Im holding you so girl
Close to me
Oh and you come crash
Into me, baby
And I come into you
Hike up your skirt a little more
And show the world to me
Hike up your skirt a little more
And show your world to me
In a boys dream.. in a boys dream
Oh I watch you there
Through the window
And I stare at you
You wear nothing but you
Wear it so well
Tied up and twisted
The way Id like to be
For you, for me, come crash
Into me

What literary device is not used in this song?

a. repetition
b. anaphora
c. metaphor
d. rhyme
e. polysyndeton

BY MADISON LIGUORI-TUCCI

Kelly Clarkson

"Never Again"

I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green
I hope when your in bed with her, you think of me
I would never wish bad things, but I don't wish you well
Could you tell, by the flames that burned your words

I never read your letter
'Cos I knew what you'd say
Give me that Sunday school answer
Try and make it all OK

[Chorus]
Does it hurt to know I'll never be there
Bet it sucks, to see my face everywhere
It was you, who chose to end it like you did
I was the last to know
You knew exactly what you would do
And don't say, you simply lost your way
She may believe you but I never will
Never again

If she really knows the truth, she deserves you
A trophy wife, oh how cute
Ignorance is bliss
But when your day comes, and he's through with you
And he'll be through with you
You'll die together but alone

You wrote me in a letter
You couldn't say it right to my face
Give me that Sunday school answer
Repent yourself away

[Chorus]
Does it hurt to know I'll never be there
Bet it sucks, to see my face everywhere
It was you, who chose to end it like you did
I was the last to know
You knew exactly what you would do
And don't say, you simply lost your way
They may believe you but I never will
Never again

[Bridge]
Never again will I hear you
Never again will I miss you
Never again will I fall to you
Never

Never again will I kiss you
Never again will I want to
Never again will I love you
Never

[Chorus]
Does it hurt to know I'll never be there
Bet it sucks, to see my face everywhere
It was you, who chose to end it like you did
I was the last to know
You knew exactly what you would do
And don't say, you simply lost your way
They may believe you but I never will
I never will
I never will

Never again

Which of the following words describes the tone of this song?

a. agreeable
b. determined
c. angry
d. giddy
e. weary

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Life is Beautiful by Vega4

Life is beautiful
We love until we die

When you run into my arms,
We steal a perfect moment.
Let the monsters see you smile,
Let them see you smiling.

Do I hold you too tightly?
When will the hurt kick in?

Life is beautiful, but it's complicated.
We barely make it.
We don't need to understand,
There are miracles, miracles.

Yeah, life is beautiful.
Our hearts, they beat and break.

When you run away from harm,
Will you run back into my arms,
Like you did when you were young?
Will you come back to me?

I will hold you tightly
When the hurting kicks in.

Life is beautiful, but it's complicated,
we barely make it.
We don't need to understand,
There are miracles, miracles.

Stand where you are.
We let all these moments pass us by.

It's amazing where I'm standing,
There's a lot that we can give.
This is ours just for a moment.
There's a lot that we can give.


What is the tone of this song?

a. Explosive
b. Dreamy
c. Caustic
d. Jargon
e. Nostalgic

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Your Song"- Elton John

It's a little bit funny this feeling inside
I'm not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live
If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one's for you
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it's done
I hope you don't mind
I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world
I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss
Well a few of the verses well they've got me quite cross
But the sun's been quite kind while I wrote this song
It's for people like you that keep it turned on
So excuse me forgetting but these things I do
You see I've forgotten if they're green or they're blue
Anyway the thing is what I really mean
Yours are the sweetest eyes I've ever seen

What literary device is most commonly used throughout the song?
A)euphony
B)assonance
C)cacophony
D)alliteration
E)hyperbole

Jack Johnson -- Never Know

Jack Johnson - Never Know

I heard this old story before
Where the people keep on killing for their metaphors
But don’t leave much up to the imagination
So I want to give this imagery back
But I know it just ain’t so easy like that
So I turn the page and read the story again and again and again
It sure seems the same with a different name

We’re breaking and rebuilding and we’re growing, always guessing

Never knowing
We’re shocking but we’re nothing
We’re just moments, we’re clever but we’re clueless
We’re just human, amusing and confusing
We’re trying, but where is this all leading?
We’ll never know

It all happened so much faster than you can say disaster
Want to take a time-lapse and look at it backwards
Find the last word and maybe that’s just the answer that we’re after
But after all we’re just a bubble in a boiling pot
Just one breath in a chain of thought
We’re moments just combusting
We feel certain but we’ll never, never know

It sure seems the same, give it a different name

We’re begging and we’re needing, and we’re trying, and we’re breathing

Never knowing
We’re shocking but we’re nothing
We’re just moments, we’re clever but we’re clueless
We’re just human, amusing and confusing
We’re helping, rebuilding and we’re growing
Never know

Knock, knock, coming door to door
To tell you that their metaphor is better than yours
And you can either sink or swim and things are looking pretty grim
If you don’t believe in what they’re spoon-feeding
It’s got no feeling so I read it again and again and again

It sure seems the same, so many different names
Our hearts are strong, our heads are weak, we’ll always be competing

Never knowing
We’re shocking but we’re nothing
We’re just moments, we’re clever but we’re clueless
We’re just human, amusing, confusing
But the truth is, all we got are questions
We’ll never know

This song includes all of the following devices EXCEPT :

A) Metaphor
B)Repitition
C)Allusion
D)Anaphora
E)Juxtaposition

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Outdoors" by Us

There's a strange door over there
I don't know where it goes
Some say that it goes out there
to a place that can be called
Outdoors
Outdoors

Outdoors
This door took me out there,
Out there is outdoors where the outdoors is.
There's some grass on the ground and a tree over there
I don't know where I'll find you out here
Outdoors
Outdoors

There's a tree over there
I walked up to that tree
and I climbed up it.

I roamed the roads through the trees.
Trying to claim my place.
The one shelter that calls to me,
Whose woods I think I know.
What am I to do?...
Without the buffer I knew?
Is there more I can do?
Lost without you...

Where are you now,
when I need you most?
Suffocating through
Reality's host.
You said to look down,
when all was lost.
Where are you Lily?
Where are you now...
Where are you now...

Outdoors.
I climbed up that tree.
Up in the air with the ground below me.
My reflection in that tree over there,
What's he doing, in that tree?
The mirror...
In the tree over there,
That was outdoors.

Lilly, is that you?

There you go, guiding your wings rising as the sun,
Your petals bring hope, your petals bring strength
The strength to fight on

Even though our lives before were tragic
Now I know my love for her goes on
Someday we'll all be gone
But lullabies go on and on...
They never die
That's how you And I will always be

If there ever comes a day when I’m not there, I’ll always be with you. And so she was.
And we sat in the grass, smiling…remembering the pleasant memories.
Remembering Outdoors.

What is Lily's role to the speakers?
A) Microcosm for their former life
B) Symbol for protection
C) Creator of ignorance and pain
D) Catalyst to self-awareness
E) A happy illusion in their minds

Corona and Lime Shwayze

Baby will you be my corona and lime.
And I will be your main squeeze.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street.

Verse:
Yo. Lil girls in the city. Dress up pretty.
Go out and get messed up and shitty.
Girls by the sea, dress like hippies. And write love beads and go skinny dippin'.
Girls in the hills, go day trippin. To get their nails done, and hair straighten.
Lil girls in the 818. Get hot when I roll over laurel canyon.

Let me tell you about a girl I know.
She like hip hop and rock and roll.
She walk slow down the avenue.
I ain't met her, but I get her when I do.
Let me tell you about a girl I love.
She stay at home cause she hate the club.
Baby but, pretty little features.
I ain't met her but I'll get her when I see her.

Baby will you be my corona and lime.
And I will be your main squeeze.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street.

Girls in New York look like giraffes.
Long neck, long legs, tiny tits and ass.
Girls from L.A rock oversized shades.
And chill all day cause they already payed.
Girls in Miami. Street bikinis.
Bump techno by Dj Tiesto.
Girls from Detroit Like electro. And dance all night till they break they neck, yo.

Let me tell you about a girl I know.
She like hip hop and rock and roll.
Let me tell you about a girl I love.
Let me tell you about a girl I love.

Baby will you be my corona and lime.
And I will be your main squeeze.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street.

Now if you lookin for love, won't you put you hands up.
(if you lookin for love, won't you put you hands up.)
If you lookin for love then I'm lookin for love.
(If you lookin for love then I'm lookin for love.)
Now if you lookin for love, won't you put you hands up.
(if you lookin for love, won't you put you hands up.)
Now, if you lookin for love then I'm lookin for love, huh. And this is what I'm lookin for.

Let me tell you about a girl I know.
She like hip hop and rock and roll.
She walk slow down the avenue.
I ain't met her, but I get her when I do.
Let me tell you about a girl I love.
She stay at home cause she hate the club.
Baby but, pretty little features.
I ain't met her but I'll get her when I see her.

Baby will you be my corona and lime.
And I will be your main squeeze.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street.

Baby will you be my corona and lime.
And I will be your sandy beach.
And if your brother don't like my style.
We could take it to the street.
We could take it to the street



How does the speaker express his impressions of the different cities he describes?
A.) Rhetorical questions
B.)Sarcastic tone
C.)Metaphor
D.) Generalization of the girls who live there
E.) All of the above

Alexandra Villano

Fairy Tales

Twinkle twinkle little star
Why do my dreams seem so far?
Up above the world so high
Won't somebody tell me why?
Can you help me?
Can you help me out?
Can you tell me what love is all about?
Cause I've never known it for myself
That's why I don't believe in fairy tales

The tone is:
A) Depressed
B)Longing
C)Excited
D)Aggravated
E)Fascinated

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Even if it Kills Me - Motion City Soundtrack

I’ve got a lotta things to do tonight
I’m so sick of making lists
Of things I’ll never finish
I’ve lived here for the last 12 years
Since early 1995 all my shit has been in boxes
But if I had a little more time to kill
I’d settle every little stupid thing
Yeah you’d think that I would

But I’m too tired to go to sleep tonight
And I’m too weak to follow dreams tonight
For the first time in a long time I can say
That I want to try to get better and
Overcome each moment
In my own way

I wonder if I’ll ever lose my mind
I tried hard for awhile
But then I kinda gave up
Winter is a killer when the sun goes down
"I’m really not as stubborn as I seem,"
Said the knuckle to the concrete

But I’m too tired to go to sleep tonight
And I’m too weak to follow dreams tonight
For the first time in a long time I can say
That I want to try to get better and
Overcome each moment
In my own way

I’m not saying that I’m giving up
I’m just trying not to think as much as I used to
Cause "never" is a lonely little messed up word
Maybe I’ll get it right some day
For the first time in a long time I can say
That I want to try
I feel helpless for the most part
But I’m learning to open my eyes
And the sad truth of the matter is
I’ll never get over it
But I’m gonna try
To get better and overcome each moment
In my own way

I so want to get back on track
And I’ll do whatever it takes
Even if it kills me

The speaker of this song can be characterized as all of the following EXCEPT:
a. helpless
b. determined
c. complacent
d. irrational
e. contemplative

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Ghetto: A Mother Anna Swirsczynska

Cuddling in the arms her half-asphyxiated baby, howling,
she ran up the staircase of the apartment building that was set ablaze.
From the first floor to the second.
From the second to the third.
From the third to the fourth.

Until she had jumped onto the roof.
There, having choked with air, clinging to the chimney,
she looked down from where she could hear
the crackle of flames which were reaching higher and higher.

And then she became motionless and silent.
She kept silent to the end, till the moment
at which she suddenly clenched her eyelids,
stepped to the roof edge and, throwing forward her arms,
she dropped her baby down.

Two seconds earlier than she herself leapt down.


The syntactic style of the last sentence serves the purpose of:
1. contrasting to the longer, more verbose style in previous phrases.
2. giving a sense of resolution to the reader.
3. infering that the mother is suicidal.

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) 3 only
d)1 & 2 only
e)1, 2, & 3

She Does Not Remember

She Does Not Remember
by Anna Swir

She was an evil stepmother
In her old age she is slowly dying
in an empty hovel

She shudders
like a clutch of burnt papers
She does not remember that she was evil
But she knows
That she feels cold.

What is the main purpose of the simile, "She shudders like a clutch of burnt papers?"
a) informs the reader of how cold the weather is
b) implies that she was burned to death as a witch
c) attempts to draw sympathy from the reader
d) draws attention to the old woman's papery skin
e) serves as descriptive imagery

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

To His Love

To His Love

 

Shall I compare thee to a summer day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too shirt a date;

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his cold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d.

 

But thy eternal summer chall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;

Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,

When in etera; lines to time thou growest:-

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

William Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare uses what type of poem to express his love “To His Love”?

a. ballad

b. lyric

c. sonnet

d. apostrophe

e. elegy

Friends

Friends

Written with a pen, sealed with a kiss,

If you are my friend, please answer me this:

Are we friends, or are we not?

You told me once, but I forgot.

So tell me now, and tell me true,

So I can say I'm here for you.

Of all the friends I've ever met,

You're the one I won't forget.

And if I die before you do,

I'll go to Heaven and wait for you,

I'll give the angels back their wings

And risk the loss of everything.

There isn't a thing I wouldn't do,

To have a friend just like you!

 

The tone of the poem is

a. angelic

b. cheery

c. pure

d. hopeful

e. sorrowful 

Pony by Erin McCarely

You hold your head up to the sky
You say "What kind of blue are you, are you?"
Then you ride a pony round and round
It's digging a hole right through, right through

You stumble down a yellow brick road
Spinning you shoes in the air, the air
Then you hold your breath and count to 9
Hoping that soon somebody will find you, find you

Go on, go on, go on
The stars are watching
Just say, just say, just say
What you're feeling
You know, you know, you know
You gotta take it back and do it your way

It's okay
La da da
Da da da
Da da da
[X2]

You're 15 miles over the speed
You're going fast as you can
Off to your day dream, oh
On your mark, get set, hurry away
Have a serious talk with your champagne, oh-oh oh

Go on, go on, go on
The stars are watching
Just say, just say, just say
What you're feeling
You know, you know, you know
You gotta take it back and do it your way

It's okay
La da da
Da da da
Da da da
[X2]

It's time for you to prove
Within your ruby shoes
You deserve a smile when no regret
I look at you
Kickin' off your shoes
Dancin' for the world to see
You got the power to believe
And open up and sing
And go and be free and fly away

Go on, go on, go on
The stars are watching
Just say, just say, just say
What you're feeling
You know, you know, you know
You gotta take it back and do it your way

It's okay
La da da
Da da da
Da da da


What Point of view is this?
a. First Person
b. Second Person
c. Third Person limited
d. Third Person omniscient
e. None of the above

Love Song Requiem - Trading Yesterday

Emily will find a better place to fall asleep
She belongs to fairy tales that I could never be
The future haunts with memories that I could never have
And hope is just a stranger wondering how it got so bad

I die each time you look away
My heart, my life will never be the same
This love will take my everything
One breath, one touch will be the end of me

You could be the final straw that brings me back to earth
Ever-waiting airports full of the love that you deserve
Wishing I could find a way to wash away the past
Knowing that my heart
Will break, but at least the pain will last

I die each time you look away
My heart, my life will never be the same
This love will take my everything
One breath, one touch will be the end of me

Emily will find a better place to fall asleep
Maybe she will save me in the oceans of her dream
And maybe someday love
Maybe someday love
Maybe someday love

The line “hope is just a stranger wondering how it got so bad” is an example of:
A. Simile
B. Irony
C. Juxtaposition
D. Personification
E. All of the above

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot: The Burial of the Dead

I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm' aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the archduke's,
My cousin's, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?
"You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
"They called me the hyacinth girl."
––Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
Oed' und leer das Meer.

Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,
Had a bad cold, nevertheless
Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe,
With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she,
Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor,
(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)
Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,
The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,
And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card,
Which is blank, is something he carries on his back,
Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find
The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.
Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,
Tell her I bring the horoscope myself:
One must be so careful these days.

Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.
Flowed up the hill and down King William Street,
To where Saint Mary Woolnoth kept the hours
With a dead sound on the final stroke of nine.
There I saw one I knew, and stopped him, crying "Stetson!
"You who were with me in the ships at Mylae!
"That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
"Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
"Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
"Oh keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men,
"Or with his nails he'll dig it up again!
"You! hypocrite lecteur! - mon semblable, - mon frere!"

The first six lines of the poem are marked by
A. Anaphora
B. Alliteration
C. Chiasmus
D. Epistrophe
E. Enjambment

THIS IS GREG BRODIE, NOT MADISON LIGORI-TUCCI

Memory, W.B. Yeats

One had a lovely face,
And two or three had charm,
But charm and face were in vain
Because the mountain grass
Cannot but keep the form
Where the mountain hare has lain.


In the first two lines "One has a lovely face, And two or three had charm" uses numbers to performs to:

1) create choppy syntax and polysyndeton, bringing focus to the relevance of the lines
2) Diminish the the meaning of "charm" and "face"
3) Introduce the numerical motif
4) Suggest "the mountain hare" leaving its form in the grass, is more relevant.
5)Introduce a satirical tone

Daughters - John Mayer

Daughters lyrics

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I've done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I'm starting to see
Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It's the same she's been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she's left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A womans good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too [x3]


"She puts the color inside of my world, but she's just like a maze, where all of the walls all continually change."

Which of the following rhetorical devices were used in this passage? 

A. Alliteration
B. Simile
C. Polysyndeton
D. Just  A and C 
E.  None of the Above

Low, by Arda Collins

It's not happiness, but something else; waiting 
for the light to change; a bakery.

It's a lake. It emerges from darkness into the next day surrounded by pines. 
There's a couple.

It's a living room. The upholstery is yellow and the furniture is walnut. 
They used to lie down on the carpet

between the sofa and the coffee table, after the guests had left.

The cups and saucers were still.

Their memories of everything that occurred took place 
with the other's face as a backdrop and sometimes

the air was grainy like a movie about evening, and sometimes there was an ending 
in the air that looked like a scene from a different beginning,

in which they are walking.

It took place alongside a scene in which one of them looks up at a brown rooftop
early in March. The ground hadn't softened.

One walked in front of the other breathing. 
The other saw a small house as they passed and breathed. The 
     reflections in the windows

made them hear the sounds on the hill: a crow, a dog, and branches—
and they bent into the hour that started just then, like bending to 
     walk under branches.


The above poem employs all of the following devices EXCEPT

A. Personification

B. Simile

C. Juxtaposition

D. Anaphora

E. Antithesis

"Ride" by Cary Brothers

You are everything I wanted
The scars of all I’ll ever know

If I told you you were right
Would you take my hand tonight?
If I told you the reasons why
Would you leave your life and ride?
And ride…

You saw all my pieces broken
This darkness that I could never show

If I told you you were right
Would you take my hand tonight?
If I told you the reasons why
Would you leave your life and ride?
And ride…

"Ride" video..... its such a good song. just listen to it. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3kALKf9oUY

The antecedent of "darkness" is used to show how...
A) there is no sun
B) everyone is happy around him
C) he can open up to her about anything
D) he needs to turn on a lamp
E) he is lonely

Friday, April 24, 2009

Alexandra Villano

Same Script Different Cast
By Whitney Houston

This is a retake of my life
I was his star for many nights
But now the roles have changed
and you're the leading lady in his life
Lights, camera, now you're on
just remember you've been warned
enjoy it now, cause it won't last
Same script different cast

The technique used to describe the woman's situation here is...

A) Personification
B) Analogy
C) Chiasmus
D) Simile
E) Hyperbole

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jewel - - What's Simple Is True

Jewel - What's Simple Is True

turn to me with frozen lips
your hands are icy cold
your eyes burn bright against the frostbit sky
you never seemed more lovely than you do tonight
pale on the horizon
like leaves frozen in the snow
our two shadows merge inseparably
will time stand still if it's pierced with cold?
the more i live
the more i know
what's simple is true
i love you
there's a warmth in my heart
it haunts me when you're gone
mend me to your side and never let go
say 'time knows nothing, we'll never grow cold'
the more i live
the more i know
what's simple is true
i love you
twilight descends on our silhouette
how soon spring comes
how soon spring forgets
i wanna hold time, say it'll never begin
old man winter be our friend
old man winter be our friend
'cause the more i live
the more i know
what's simple is true
what's simple is true
i love
i love you


Which of the following best describes the function of the repeated refrences to time?

A)To show that the speaker is looking back on her life
B)To show how the speaker feels overwhelmed by time passing her by
C)To show that the speaker wants to communicate her desire to have her love last forever
D)To show that the speaker does not want to die
E)To show the complexity of the emotion in the song

Sworn Path

Sworn Path
By: Me

This is my shaft.
This my soul.
My soul, my shaft.
My life crafted by you.
What do you want of me?
My faith in your hands.

Nock is my guide.
It controls my path.
It is my stabilizer; it is my prison.
Fletching joins the fight.
Two parts holding me down.
Keeping me still.

My head, my weapon.
My identity it would seem.

My faith has been sealed.
I’ve already been released.
Approaching the target.
I feel meaning. Freedom overtakes.
My greatest moment, my worst tragedy.
The target approaching.

Goals reached.
Mine or yours?
I’ve penetrated thou you call an enemy.
Death is but Faith’s game.
Murder is but Society’s game.
I am society.
Murder in me.
Murder through me.
Murder is me.

What is the comparison of the speaker to an arrow convey?
A) His desire to kill
B) The effect of society on his identity
C) His struggle to discover purpose
D) The connection of the speaker to his ancestry
E) Symbol for the speaker constructing his future

Relient K - Be My Escape

I’ve given up on giving up slowly,
I’m blending in so You won’t even know me
Apart from this whole world that shares my fate
This one last bullet you mention
Is my one last shot at redemption
Because I know to live you must give your life away

And I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity
And I’ve been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I gotta get outta here
I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You,
I’m begging You to be my escape.

I’m giving up on doing this alone now
Cause I’ve failed and I’m ready to be shown how
He’s told me the way and I’m trying to get there
And this life sentence that I’m serving
I admit that I’m every bit deserving
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair

Cause I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity
And I’ve been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I gotta get outta here
Cause I’m afraid that this complacency is something I can’t shake
I gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You,
I’m begging You to be my escape.

I am a hostage to my own humanity
Self detained and forced to live in this mess I’ve made
And all I’m asking is for You to do what You can with me
But I can’t ask You to give what You already gave

Cause I’ve been housing all this doubt and insecurity
And I’ve been locked inside that house all the while you hold the key
And I’ve been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there’s no way in knowing
Where to go, promise I’m going because
I’ve gotta get outta here
I’m stuck inside this rut that I fell into by mistake
I’ve gotta get outta here
And I’m begging You, I’m begging You, I’m begging You to be my escape.

I fought You for so long
I should have let You in
Oh how we regret those things we do
And all I was trying to do was save my own skin
But so were You
So were You

What is the meaning of the word "complacency" in the fourth stanza?
a. ignorance
b. a false sense of self-satisfaction/contentment
c. indifference
d. friendly civility
e. none of the above

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Virginia Woolf Mult Choice

The lines "Your wife?" "No. Yours." "Oh! Mine." Use which device to create tension?
A. Synecdoche
B. Precision
C. Assonance
D. Ambiguous Diction
E. Imagery
- D. In the absence of an antecedent, the diction lacks definite meaning.

"Your sympathy disarms me..your… your compassion makes me weep! Large, salty, unscientific tears!" Which literary technique helps create George’s sarcastic tone?
A. Apostrophe
B. Asyndeton
C. Alliteration
D. Parallel Structure
E. Ellipsis
- B. The Asyndeton creates a sarcastic tone by demeaning Nick’s profession and using verbal irony (because he’s not sad at all).

"It was a hysterical pregnancy. She blew up, then she went down." Nick’s description of Honey’s pregnancy can best be described as a..
A. Euphemism
B. Pun
C. Red Herring
D. Exposition
E. Aphorism
- A. Nick uses a euphemism to avoid the reality of what happened. His polite description is a way to describe something unpleasant in an easy manner.

The repetition of George’s story used to narrate his life, create a novel, and kill his son, serves to…
A. distract Nick from the truth about their son
B. make Martha feel guilty about her incessant degrading of George’s character
C. explain George’s pain through the constant deaths of people close to him
D. show how George and Martha have turned their reality into a fictional existence through the use of stories
E. detach George from the reality of his life
- D. George and Martha have created an illusion as a coping device for their inadequacies and have developed a detachment from reality and are constantly lying in order to keep up their fa├žade.


The repetition of the word "alone" when George and Martha discuss their son serves to..
A. show how much they miss him
B. express their discontent with each other
C. foreshadow that he does no exist
D. expose Martha’s want for more children
E. discuss how much they enjoy his absence
- C. Repetition creates emphasis on the emptiness that they feel

"You take the trouble to construct a civilization… to … to build a society, based on the principles of… of principle… you endeavor to make communicable sense out of the natural order, morality out of the unnatural disorder of man’s mind…" –George. As used in line 1, the words ‘civilization’ and ‘society’ can best be understood to be a representation of…
A. The home that George and Martha made
B. George and Martha’s constructed lie
C. The hierarchy of the History department
D. The hierarchy of the Biology department
E. The ‘new society’ that George believes that people like Nick are creating through technology
-B. Through parallelism it can be implied that George is actually talking about the nature of his life and the faults he has encountered along the way and the coping mechanisms he’s had to come up with in order to deal with them.

Some Things are Meant to Be

Beth:
Let's pretend we're riding on a kite. Let's imagine we're flying through the air!

Jo:
We'll ascend until we're out of sight. Light as paper, we'll soar!

Beth:
Let's be wild, up high above the sand, feel the wind, the world at our command.
Let's enjoy the view, and never land.

Jo:
Floating far from the shore.

Beth:
Some things are meant to be, the clouds moving fast and free.

Jo:
The sun on a silver sea.

Both:
A sky that's bright and blue.

Beth:
And some things will never end.

Jo:
The thrill of our magic ride.

Beth:
The love that I feel inside for you.

Jo:
We'll climb high beyond the break of day.

Beth:
Sleep on stardust, and dine on bits of moon

Jo:
You and I will find the Milky Way. We'll be mad, and explore.
We'll recline a loft upon the breeze.
Dart about sail on wit with ease.
Pass the days doing only as we please, that's what living is for.

Beth:
We'll be mad, and explore. We'll recline a loft upon the breeze.
Dart about sail on wit with ease.
Pass the days doing only as we please, that's what living is for.
Some things are meant to be, the tide turning endlessly,
the way it takes hold of me, no matter what I do,
and some things will never die, the promise of who you are,
the memories when I am far from you.
All my life, I've lived for loving you; let me go now.

What literary device is most commonly used throughout this song?
A)Alliteration
B)Repetition
C)Imagery
D)Characteriztion
E)Anaphora

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody Queen

Is this the real life-
Is this just fantasy-
Caught in a landslide-
No escape from reality-
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see-
Im just a poor boy,i need no sympathy-
Because Im easy come,easy go,
A little high,little low,
Anyway the wind blows,doesnt really matter to me,
To me

Mama,just killed a man,
Put a gun against his head,
Pulled my trigger,now hes dead,
Mama,life had just begun,
But now Ive gone and thrown it all away-
Mama ooo,
Didnt mean to make you cry-
If Im not back again this time tomorrow-
Carry on,carry on,as if nothing really matters-

Too late,my time has come,
Sends shivers down my spine-
Bodys aching all the time,
Goodbye everybody-Ive got to go-
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth-
Mama ooo- (any way the wind blows)
I dont want to die,
I sometimes wish Id never been born at all-

I see a little silhouetto of a man,
Scaramouche,scaramouche will you do the fandango-
Thunderbolt and lightning-very very frightening me-
Galileo,galileo,
Galileo galileo
Galileo figaro-magnifico-
But Im just a poor boy and nobody loves me-
Hes just a poor boy from a poor family-
Spare him his life from this monstrosity-
Easy come easy go-,will you let me go-
Bismillah! no-,we will not let you go-let him go-
Bismillah! we will not let you go-let him go
Bismillah! we will not let you go-let me go
Will not let you go-let me go
Will not let you go let me go
No,no,no,no,no,no,no-
Mama mia,mama mia,mama mia let me go-
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me,for me,for me-

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye-
So you think you can love me and leave me to die-
Oh baby-cant do this to me baby-
Just gotta get out-just gotta get right outta here-

Nothing really matters,
Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters-,nothing really matters to me,

Any way the wind blows....

This passage is marked by all of the following except:
a) allusion
b) anaphora
c) asyndeton
d) alliteration
e) synecdoche

The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love

She is sixty. She live
the greatest love of her life.

She walks arm-in-arm with her dear one,
her hair streams in the wind.
Her dear one says:
"You have hair like pearls"

Her children say:
"Old fool."

-Anna Swir

What literary device best conveys the meaning of this poem?
a) anaphora
b) point of view
c) imagery
d) juxtaposition
e) simile

A Fine Frenzy "You Picked Me"

"You Picked Me"

One, two, three
Counting out the signs we see
The tall buildings
Fading in the distance
Only dots on a map
Four, five, six
The two of us a perfect fit
You're all mine, all mine

And all I can say
Is you blow me away

Like an apple on a tree
Hiding out behind the leaves
I was difficult to reach
But you picked me
Like a shell upon a beach
Just another pretty piece
I was difficult to see
But you picked me
Yeah you picked me

So softly
Rain against the windows
And the strong coffee
Warming up my fingers
In this fisherman's house
You got me
Searched the sand
And climbed the tree
And brought me back down

And all I can say
Is you blow me away

Like an apple on a tree
Hiding out behind the leaves
I was difficult to reach
But you picked me
Like a shell upon a beach
Just another pretty piece
I was difficult to see
But you picked me
Yeah you picked me


What literary devices does the author use?

a. Similie
b. Repetition
c. Alliteration
d. Metaphor
e. All of the above

Incubus- Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here lyrics
I dig my toes into the sand.
The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blanket.
I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless and in this moment I am happy.

[Chorus:]
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here
I wish you were here.

I lay my head onto the sand.
The sky resembles a backlit canopy with holes punched in it.
I'm counting u.f.o.’s.
I signal them with my lighter
and in this moment I am happy, happy.

[Chorus]

The world's a roller coaster and I am not strapped in.
Maybe I should hold with care, but my hands are busy in the air.

[Chorus]

The artist most clearly demonstrates his attitude through which line?
A. “I lean against the wind”
B. “I wish you were here”
C. “I signal them with my lighter”
D. “and I am not strapped in”
E. “but my hands are busy in the air”

Photographs and Memories - Jason Reeves

I keep your picture by my bed
For when I'm feeling sad and I don't know why I would be
The way your smile looks so real
I feel like I could start to understand your grace

But I
I don't understand why you're not here with me
And I
I don't even wanna know where else you'd be

'Cause I have photographs and memories
Of the times when you weren't on my mind and I was alone
And I have poetry and drawings
Of my life when you weren't on my side
And I didn't know just what is love

Writing moments on the wall
The different color keeps my mind away from missing you
And I can't wait to fall asleep
Slip into my dreams where we can dance upon the stars

And I
I'll be as patient as a boy in love could ever be
And I
I feel like I wasn't real until you were a part of me

'Cause I have photographs and memories
Of the times when you weren't on my mind and I was alone
And I have poetry and drawings
Of my life when you weren't on my side
And I didn't know just what is love

I need you back
I need you back
I need you here

I need your smile
I need your eyes
I need you dear

'Cause every line on your face
Makes a beautiful maze for my eyes to trace
Every line on your face
Makes a beautiful maze for my eyes to trace

'Cause I have photographs and memories
Of the times when you weren't on my mind and I was alone

The tone of this passage can be best described as...
A. Baffled
B. Sweet
C. Rude
D. Upset
E. Ironic

Narcolepsy- Third Eye Blind

I'm on a train,
But there's no one at the helm
And there's a demon in my brain
That starts to overwhelm,
And there it goes,
My last chance for peace,
I lay me down,
But I get no release,

I try to keep awake,
I try to swim beneath,
But still I find this narcolepsy slide
Into another nightmare

And there's a demon in my head
Who starts to play,
A nightmare tape loop of what went wrong yesterday,
And I hold my breath
'Till it's more than I can take,
And I close my eyes; I dream that I'm awake

I try to keep awake
I try to keep awake
But still I find this Narcolepsy slides
Into another nightmare

I read dead Russian authors
Volumes at a time
I write everything down
Except what's on my mind
Cause my greatest fear
Is that sucking sound
And then I know I'll never get back out
And there's a bone in my hand that connects to a drink
In a crowded room where the glasses clink
And I'll buy you a beer and we'll drink it deep
Because that keeps me from falling asleep

How'd you like to be alone and drowning
How'd you like to be alone and drowning
How'd you like to be alone and drowning
Still I find this narcolepsy slide slide slides
Into another night mare
Keep awake
Keep awake
Keep awake


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaVs21uV5-0


When the Speaker says "And there's a demon in my brain, That starts to overwhelm" the use of the word "demon" most accuratly describes...

A) a tiny red guy with horns
B) the narcolepsy
C) himself
D) realization of a situation
E) an idea

Monday, April 20, 2009

"I've Just Seen a Face", The Beatles

I've just seen a face,
I can't forget the time or place
Where we just met
She's just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We've met, mmm-mmm-mmm-m'mmm-mmm

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I'd have never been aware
But as it is I'll dream of her
Tonight, da-da-da-da-da-da

Falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I have never known
The like of this, I've been alone
And I have missed things
And kept out of sight
But other girls were never quite
Like this, da-da-da-da-da-da

Falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I've just seen a face,
I can't forget the time or place
Where we just met
She's just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We've met, mmm-mmm-mmm-da-da-da

Falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Oh, falling, yes I am falling,
And she keeps calling
Me back again


When the speaker says "I've just seen a face", the word "face" is metonymy for:

a) a girl
b) society
c) a boy
d) the speaker
e) a face

Violet Hill-Coldplay

Was a long and dark December
From the rooftops I remember
There was snow, white snow

Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze, down below

When the future's architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show, you'd better lie low

If you love me, won't you let me know?

Was a long and dark December
When the banks became cathedrals
And the fog, became God

Priests clutched onto bibles
Hollowed out to fit their rifles, and the cross was held aloft

Bury me in armor
When I'm dead and hit the ground, a love back home unfolds

If you love me, won't you let me know?

I don't want to be a soldier
Who the captain of some sinking ship
Would stow, far below

So if you love me, won't you let me go?

I took my love down to Violet Hill
There we sat in the snow
All that time she was silent still, so if you love me won't you let me know?
If you love me, won't you let me know?

This song employs...
I. Allegory
II. Euphony
III. Verisimilitude

A) I. only
B) III. only

C) I. and III.
D) II. and III.
E) I., II., and III.

Music Video-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeAP8EZ9Lc

Here - by Rascal Flatts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saXYgBRas9Y&feature=PlayList&p=DC8049107952AB2D&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=51

T
here's a place I've been looking for
That took me in and out of buildings
Behind windows, walls and doors
And I thought I found it
Couple times, even settled down
And I'd hang around just long enough
To find my way back out
I know now the place that I was trying to
Reach
Was you, right here in front of me

[CHORUS]
And I wouldn't change a thing
I'd walk right back through the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin'
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here, right here

It's amazing what I let my heart go through
To get me where it got me
In this moment here with you
And it passed me by
God knows how many times
I was so caught up in holding
What I never thought I'd find
I know now, there's a million roads
I had to take
To get me in your arms that way

[Repeat Chorus]

In a love I never thought I'd get to get to
-here
And if that's the road
God made me take to be with you

[Repeat Chorus]

And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for all the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here, right here
Oh, baby-Ooo
Oh, got me here

Which of the following best sums up the meaning of the song? 
A. He regrets all of his life decisions.
B. He never found the love of his life. 
C. He is content with his current place in life. 
D. He lost someone he loved.
E. None of the above


Sunday, April 19, 2009

John Mayer - In Repair

Too many shadows in my room
too many hours in this midnight
too many corners in my mind
so much to do to set my heart right

Oh its taking to long
i could be wrong
i could be ready
Oh but if I take my heart's advice
I should assume, it's still unsteady
I am in repair
I am in repair

Stood on the corner for awhile
To wait for the wind to blow down on me
Hope that it takes with it my old ways
And brings a brand new life upon me

Oh its taking to long
i could be wrong
i could be ready
Oh but if I take my heart's advice
I should assume, it's still unsteady
I am in repair
I am in repair
Ohhhh

Now i'm walking in the park
all of the birds they dance below me
maybe when things turn green again
it will be good to say you know me

Oh its taking to long
i could be wrong
i could be ready
Oh but if I take my heart's advice
I should assume, it's still unready
never really ready
I'm never really ready
I'm in repair
Im not together
but im getting there

I'm in repair
Im not together
but im getting there

I'm in repair
Im not together
but im getting there

I'm in repair
Im not together
but im getting there

The use of which literary device in the first three lines emphasizes the speaker's current emotional status :

a)assonance
b)imagery
c)anaphora
d)inversion
e)tone

Band of Skulls: I Know what I am

High ho, triple sow cow,
I got a feeling like I'm tired of the flow
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Gasoline, saccharine
I got no reason for the state I'm in,
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Hotel, Taco Bell,
I got the hit that you know damn well,
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Cut, tease,
Better believe,
I got the feeling that I'm underneath,
But "I know what I am"
They know what they are
So let me be

But it’s alright, its okay,
I got the time, but the time don’t pay
It’s alright it’s okay.

Flip flop no stop,
I got the wit that my enemies lack,
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Trick some, just begun,
Giving you more when you only want one,
Cause I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Hot, sweat,
Got debt,
Keep looking in the locker cause you don’t know yet,
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

Ship shape, ticker tape,
Looks to me like a narrow escape,
But I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be

But it’s alright, its okay,
I got the time, but the time don’t pay
It’s alright it’s okay

I know what I am,
They know what they are
So let me be
I know what I am.


Which of the two devices is most prevalent in the song?
A) Polysydeton and juxtaposition
B) Consonance and repetition
C) Metaphor and alliteration
D) Hyperbole and onomatopoeia

Friday, April 17, 2009

So Far Away, Carole King

So far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know you're just time away

Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh, how I wish I could
But you're so far away

One more song about moving along the highway
Can't say much of anything that's new
If I could only work this life out my way
I'd rather spend it being close to you

But you're so far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know you're so far away

Traveling around sure gets me down and lonely
Nothing else to do but close my mind
I sure hope the road don't come to own me
There's so many dreams I've yet to find

But you're so far away
Doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn't help to know you're so far away




What type of figurative language is used through the line "You're just time away,"?

A.) Simile
B.) Metaphor
C.) Imagery
D.)Oxymoron
E.) All of the Above

Existentialism on Prom Night

When the sun came up,
We were sleeping in,
Sunk inside our blankets,
Sprawled across the bed,
And we were dreaming,

There are moments when,
When I know it and
The world revolves around us,
And we're keeping it,
Keep it all going,
This delicate balance,
Vulnerable all knowing,
Sing like you think no one's listening,

You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, kill for this

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would...

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything,
we're glad for what we've got,
Done with what we've lost
Our whole lives laid out right in front of us,

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would,
Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would....
Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything.

The lines, "You would kill for this, Just a little bit, Just a little bit, You would kill for this" is an example of:
a)repetition
b)anecdote
c)parallelism
d)chiasmus

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Noiseless Patient Spider By Walt Whitman

A noiseless patient spider,
I marked where on a promontory it stood isolated,
Marked how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be formed, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

Whitman utilizes all of the following literary techniques except...
a)metaphor
b)asyndeton
c)alliteration
d)litotes
e)repetition

Riccardo Purita Vienna

Vienna
Billy Joel

Slow down you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?
Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize...Vienna waits for you

Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight (tonight)
Too bad but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong
You know you can't always see when you're right(you're right)

You got your passion you got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on but don't imagine they'll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It's alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize...
Vienna waits for you.

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don't you realize...Vienna waits for you
When will you realize...Vienna waits for you

What does "Vienna" represent in the song?
A) symbol of a goal
B) microcosm for the world
C) metaphor for the remainder of someone's life
D) intended audience's family waiting
E) confusion and truth

THS IS MADISON LIGUORI-TUCCI

"Taylor" by Jack Johnson

They say Taylor was a good girl
never one to be late
complain express ideas in her brain
Working on the night shift
passin out the tickets
you're gonna have to pay her
if you want to park here.
Well mommy's little dancer's
quite a little secret
working on the streets now
never gonna keep it.
It's quite an imposition
And now she's only wishin'
That she would have listened
To the words they said.
Poor Taylor.

Well she just wanders around unaffected by the winter winds, yeah
and she'll pretend that
well she's somewhere else
so far and clear
about 2,000 miles from here.

Peter Patrick pitter patters on the window
And Sunny Silhouette won't let him in
and poor old Pete's got nothin 'cause he's been fallin'
but somehow Sunny knows just where he's been
He thinks that singin' on a Sunday's gonna save his soul
but now that Saturday's gone
Well sometimes he thinks that he's on his way
but I can see, that his break lights are on

And he just wanders around unaffected by the winter winds, yeah
and he'll pretend that
well he's somewhere else
so far and clear
about 2,000 miles from here.

She's such a tough enchilada
filled up with nada
givin' what you gotta give to get a dollar bill
she used to be a limber chick
time's a been tickin'
now she's finger licking to the man
with the money in his pocket
flying in his rocket
only stoppin by on his way to a better world
if Taylor finds a better world
Taylor's gonna run away

What literary device is used in the 3rd stanza of the song?
a)Hyperbole
b)Onomatopoeia
c)Simile
d)Alliteration
e)None of the above


THIS MUSIC VIDEO IS REALLY FUNNY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0H600EnZEg

Softwoods, by Jody Gladding

We utter nothing 
true high 
among the needled 
fictions we create 
so many opportunities 
for truth 
as it happens 
continually 
not only up here

but also under growth 
where we sink 
down in bogs 
filled 
with resolve 
nothing we utter 
is true 
still 
we groan 
gape 
and push a new 
thing out.


The phrase "up here" is best understood to mean...

A. On ground above the earth.

B. Up in a tree.

C. On a roof.

D. Heaven.

E.  Hell. 

Link to poem- http://poems.com/poem.php?date=14347

CARMINA!

O Fortuna

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,

egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
obumbrata
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem

sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!



O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
and waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice.
Fate - monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.
Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZJD9aPeYTU&feature=related


The classical allusions used in this passage help to highlight what fact about the speaker?
a. He is pleased with his good fortune.
b. He is afraid of Fate's montrous qualities.
c. He is feeling self-pity and anger at his misfortune.
d. He is spiritual and seeks guidance from Fortune and Fate.
e. He horrified and tearful because he saw Fate physically attack men.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cut That City- The Mars Volta

neonecropopulace has no reflection 
neocaeczaristic phallic ruins 
just east of the river denial the techs are breathing 
welcome to this neotokyo 
gridlocks will warn the chromlech alarms 
bouquet of cuticles 
landscape tantrums 
tramontane torching the tramontane 
i've heard the mumbling of citadels shifting on this richter scale 
the alleys will flow marble intercourse 
roil the pantheon... of subterfuge 
tramontane torching the tramontane 
this marabout isn't untouchable 
indentured by servitude 
neoinfidels - let's plug them in 
neopolygraphic, trip chords 
centrocircuiphobia the fallacy 
welcome to neotokyo 
tore the wings off seraphin, fed them to the anglophiles 
in this stag caberat the bark of buildings surged, through the whipping volt abode 
go to the lexicon you sluggard, if you will.

The line "tramontane torching the tramontane" uses which of the following literary devices:
A) periodic sentence structure
B) dissonance
C) loose construction
D) alliteration
E) euphony

"On my Own"- Les Miserables

And now I'm all alone again, no where to go no one to turn to,
I did not want you money sir, I came out here cause I was told to,
And now the night is near,
And I can make believe he's here.

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I'm happy
With the company I'm keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head.

On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone, I walk with him till morning
Without him
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me

In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me for ever and forever

And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there's a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone, the river's just a river
Without him the world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I'm learning
All my life I've only been pretending
Without me his world will go on turning
A world that's full of happiness
That I have never known!

I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own.

What literary device is used in the 4th verse of the song?
a)simile
b)irony
c)hyperbole
d)alliteration
e)onomatopoeia

Two-Headed Boy by Neutral Milk Hotel

Two-headed boy
All floating in glass
The sun it has passed
Now it's blacker than black
I can hear as you tap on your jar
I am listening to hear where you are
I am listening to hear where you are

Two-headed boy
Put on Sunday shoes
And dance round the room to accordion keys
With the needle that sings in your heart
Catching signals that sound in the dark
Catching signals that sound in the dark
We will take off our clothes
And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine
And when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside
Now your eyes ain't moving now
They just lay there in their clouds

Two-headed boy
With pulleys and weights
Creating a radio played just for two
In the parlor with a moon across her face
And through the music he sweetly displays
Silver speakers that sparkle all day
Made for his lover who's floating and choking with her hands across her face
And in the dark we will take off our clothes
And they'll be placing fingers through the notches in your spine
And when all is breaking everything that you could keep inside
Now your eyes ain't moving now
They just lay there in their clouds

Two-headed boy
There is no reason to grieve
The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
Left beneath Christmas trees in the snow
And I will take you and leave you alone
Watching spirals of white softly flow
Over your eyelids and all you did
Will wait until the point when you let go

What literary device unifies the verses?
A. Chiasmus
B. Consonance
C. Onomatopoeia
D. Anaphora
E. Hyperbole

Dreaming with a broken heart - John Mayer

when you're dreaming with a broken heart
the waking up is the hardest part
you roll outta bed and down on your knees
and for the moment you can hardly breathe
wondering was she really here?
is she standing in my room?
no she's not, 'cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone....

when you're dreaming with a broken heart
the giving up is the hardest part
she takes you in with your crying eyes
then all at once you have to say goodbye
wondering could you stay my love?
will you wake up by my side?
no she can't, 'cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone....

oooooooooohhhhhhhhh

now do i have to fall asleep with roses in my hand
do i have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
do i have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
do i have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
baby won't you get them if i did?
no you won't, 'cause you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone....

when you're dreaming with a broken heart
the waking up is the hardest part.


Which literary device is used in the third stanza?
a) simile
b) imagery
c) metaphor
d) repetition
e) none of the above

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, W.B. Yeats

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


The line "But I, being poor, have only my dreams;" is an example of:
A) Assonance
B) Sarcasm
c) Metaphor
d) Irony
E) Apostrophe

Neutral Milk Hotel-Snow Song Pt.1

Cindy smiles in overcoats
She says, "Please stay awhile, like ice cream floatsand dreams
And I will fill your heart with
boats and bells and beans and candy-appled everythings
Bells and beans and candy-appled everythings..."
Cindy skips my trampoline
With toys and horns and bouncing things
And even the most silent must sing a song of love
Yes, even the silent they must sing a song of love

Unhappy girl, she's spinning
Through strings in her curls
And it's only the beginning
Of a trip around the world
Cindy won't you smile
Cindy won't you sleep awhile
I feel I'm just a child
Sinking down one hundred million miles

Rain
Rain is a perfectly sculpted garden of wetness

In lines 4 and 5, the device used is known as...
A)Synechdoche
B)Assonance
C)Polysyndeton
D)Aphorism
E)Antimetabole

I'm not over by Carolina Liar

What a waste of time, the thought crossed my mind
But I never missed a beat
Can’t explain the who or what I was
Trying to believe
What would you do?
What would you do?
Do you know?
I once had a grip on everything
It feels better to let go

CHORUS
I’m not over
I’m not over you just yet
Cannot hide it
You’re not that easy to forget
I’m not over

Never took the chance, could’ve jump the fence
I was scared of my own two feet
Couldn’t cross the line, it was black and white
No contrast to be seen
What would you do?
What would you do?
Do you know?
Was it all a joke, never had control
I’m not better on my own

CHORUS
I’m not over
I’m not over you just yet
Cannot hide it
You’re not that easy to forget
I’m not over

What a waste of time
The thought crossed my mind
Can’t explain this thing, or what I mean
I’m trying to let go

CHORUS
I’m not over
I’m not over you just yet
Cannot hide it
You’re not that easy to forget
I’m not over
I’m not over you just yet
Cannot hide it
You’re not that easy to forget
I’m not over
I’m not over


The tone of "Never took the chance, could’ve jump the fence, I was scared of my own two feet,Couldn’t cross the line, it was black and white, No contrast to be seen"
can be described as:


a. Regretful
b. Joyful
c. Content
d. Sarcastic
e. Nervous

"Iris" Goo Goo Dolls

And I'd give up forever to touch you
Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now


And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
Cause sooner or later it's over
I just don't want to miss you tonight


And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am


And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything seems like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know your alive


And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am


I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am



What mood does the phrase "when everything feels like the movies..." indicate?
A) Entertained
B) Happy
C) Surreal
D) All of the above
E) None of the above

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHd09ezbU1Q&feature=related

Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness- Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

Why does Collins personify the intangible things in this poem?
"Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,"

a) It highlights the similarities between memories and real people.
b) It highlights the significance memory holds for the speaker.
c) It allows the reader to relate to these memories.
d) It signals to the reader that these memories represent real people.
e) All of the above.

watch!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrEPJh14mcU