Item 1 : Poem

“Our Mother Is the Sweetest”

Our mother is the sweetest and
Most delicate of all.
Her love is like the rush of life,
She’s not only beautiful
But passionately young,
Playful as a kid, yet wise
As one who has lived long.

Her love is like the rush of life,
A bubbling, laughing spring
That runs through all like liquid light
And makes the mountains sing.

And makes the meadows turn to flower
And trees to choicest fruit.
She is at once the field and bower
In which our hearts take root.

She is at once the sea and shore,
Our freedom and our past.
With her we launch our daring ships
Yet keep the things that last.

(Nicholas Gordon)


The poem is a child’s love to his mother. To him, his mother’s love is the most precious thing of all in the world that pearls can not buy because her love has magic power making everything happen.

Rhetorical devices:

–         Simile: “Her love is like the rush of life”

–         Overstatement: “And makes the mountains sing, And makes the meadows turn to flower”,…

–         Repetition: “and make”

–         Parallelism: “She is at once the field and bower,  She is at once the sea and shore”

Item 2 : Cartoon


Nowadays, people are not patient enough in their life.

Rhetorical device:

–         Metaphor: pizza- patience

–         Irony: Human beings’ patience is just like a piece of pizza.

Item 3 : Short stories

Try something different

 I’m sitting in a quiet room, in a peaceful little hotel hidden back among the pine trees. It’s just past noon, late July, and I am listening to the desperate sounds of a life-or-death struggle going on a few feet away.

There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the fly’s strategy: Try harder.

But it’s not working.

The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. The harder the fly tries, the more exhausted it becomes. It’s impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass. Nevertheless, this little insect has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination. Finally, the fly is doomed. It dies there on the windowsill.

Ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap.

If the fly doesn’t get it so locked in on the idea that this particular route and tries another way, it will seek the breakthrough possibly.

Trying harder isn’t always the solution to achieving more. It may not offer any real promise for getting what you want out of life. Sometimes, in fact, it’s a big part of the problem.

If you stake your hopes for a breakthrough on trying harder than ever, you may kill your chances for success.

– Price Pritchett (Chicken soup for the soul)


There are many ways to get success. People should not be self- opinionated in their passive ways of thinking.

Rhetorical devices:

         Metaphor: + The fly- people are self- opinionated.

                                   + The door, the glass of the windowpane- ways to get success.




3. Chicken soup for the soul book


4 responses »

  1. hoangminhtrang220791 says:

    – Firstly, I can find a small mistake in your 3rd item. You said ” The door, the glass of the windowpane- ways to get success.”. I agree with you that the door is the way to get success. However, the windowpane is not like that. It’s a passive of thinking as you said above.
    – Secondly, in your first metaphor for item 3, I think it’ll be better if you write ” The fly – The self – opinionated people “. It’ll be paralleled.
    – Anyway, I find your post so interesting, so worth reading. ♥♥♥

  2. I really like your poem, it’s a very lovely poem!
    I’d like to add something about the rhetorical devices of this poem.
    + First, I think the sentence “Her love is like the rush of life” is also a repetition because it’s repeated more than once.
    + One more thing is the rhyme such as life – light, spring – sing, flower – bower, fruit – root, past – last.

  3. nguyenmaile says:

    your comments are really useful to me. i will consider them carefully. thank you very much!

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