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i just had to share this with you! i’m currently reading the book, but the movie does seem to be quite exciting too! do try to get a copy after you guys are done with your “twilight”s and your “breaking dawn”s 😛

fyi- sir arthur conan doyle is also the awesome author of the sherlock holmes series.


Something interesting to watch. An example of stop-motion animation. The rhymes are lovely.

yes we can

This is a music video inspired by Barack Obama’s earlier speeches. You wanna talk about repetition? Think about how repetition is used here and its effect. Is it persuasive?
Some examples of poetic devices are in bold. Can you identify which devices they are?

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —

Yes. We. Can.

Some typos but generally good examples of personification. Remember, it’s when a non-human thing (living or non-living like plants or pencils) is given a human attribute that only human beings can do (like cry, giggle, cough, whine).

A powerful example of the spoken word. Poetry slams involve individuals performing their own poetry, or those of others. Notice the difference between the power of the imagery used in this poem and the power of oratory.

“Slam poetry is a postmodern performance poetry, a form of spoken word… One of the goals of slam poetry is to challenge the authority of anyone who claims to know absolutely what literary quality is. Slam poets wish to give audience members the power to become part of each poem’s presence, thus breaking down the barriers between poet/performer, critic and audience. Bob Holman, a poetry activist and former slammaster of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, once called the movement ‘the democratization of verse.'” –Wikipedia