It has been a while since I have posted some of my writing here on my blog, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. In my American Literature class, we just finished up learning about Edgar Allan Poe's use of Single Effect. It is when a story or piece of poetry is created to convey one specific emotion. As we finished up talking about it, my classmates and I we tasked with writing a paragraph or poem that utilizes this literary tool. I created three different compositions, all with their own emotion and feel.
I hope you enjoy these pieces of poetry, and please leave any thoughts and constructive criticism in the comments. Any advice is much appreciated!
The Day I Ran Away, by: Ashton Smith
It was a somber day,
The day I ran away.
When people back home think about me,
I imagine them thinking things that
"She was lonely," they say.
"An angsty teenage girl
who felt the need to defy the town."
But that's not true.
I want to get out into the world,
See things no one's ever seen before.
I want to impact the lives of my peers,
and show them the world is much bigger
than the one they think of as their own.
I want to bring people together,
and let them know that their problems
There are people who have suffered,
and moved on,
stronger than ever.
I want to experience as much as I can,
Because, one day,
I'm going to die.
My life will end,
and, unlike others,
I don't want that weighing feeling.
"I wish"es, "I would've"s, and "I didn't"s
I never want to experience.
And for that reason,
I'm going to determine my own life.
"I plan"s, "I will"s, and "I am"s,
are the only things
that will weigh me down
on that inevitable day.
And for that reason,
to run away.
I really hope you enjoyed my poem, and please, please, please leave your thoughts in the comments! I love when other people critique my work. :)
As she lets the creative juices flow,
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry."
Queen Victoria the Enlightened
The tale of Queen Victoria begins on a calm spring afternoon. The rain had settled, and the sun came out to stay. King Arthur and Queen Charlotte of Barda were on their way back from a neighboring country, where they had settled a trade agreement. They were a very happy couple, as the queen was expecting her first-born child any day. What she didn’t know was that “any day” had come upon them.
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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