Item 1: POEM



Family is,
heaven sent from our father above,
bonded by the power of love.
No matter what family has each others back,
when push comes to shove.

Family is,
understanding, never demanding,
all for one and one for all,
I will never leave you alone standing.

Family is,
one in itself, my love is your love,
your pain is my pain, my wealth is your wealth,
I promise to never leave you by yourself.

Family is,
the strongest team, the strongest unit;
if love could be visualized,
family would be the blue print.

Family is,
forgiveness and patience,
it’s sweeter than the sweetest fragrance,
the power of family is a reflection of Gods compassion and magnificence.

Family is,
never turning our back, and never shames,
lend my helping hand and not a finger pointing the blame.

No matter what a family bond can never be broken,
even through a nuclear explosion,
if one of us lives we all live.
Forever to eternity, we are family,
my father, my mother, my brother and me.

Author : Antony-Tyrone Smith


  • Repetition: family is
  • Paralleism: heaven sent from …., bonded by ….; your pain is my pain, my wealth is your wealth; the strongest team, the strongest unit, etc.

Moral lesson: 

Family is all to us. And your family is always by your side no matter what could happen to you. Moreover, you have all you need when  you are in your home.


The Swallow and the Other Birds

It happened that a Countryman was sowing some hemp seeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds were hopping about picking up their food. “Beware of that man,” quoth the Swallow. “Why, what is he doing?” said the others. “That is hemp seed he is sowing; be careful to pick up every one of the seeds, or else you will repent it.” The birds paid no heed to the Swallow’s words, and by and by the hemp grew up and was made into cord, and of the cords nets were made, and many a bird that had despised the Swallow’s advice was caught in nets made out of that very hemp. “What did I tell you?” said the Swallow. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.


  •  Metaphor: the hemp seed can be seen as the seed of evil in your person. The birds made into cord can be seen as the person who can not control himself, then he is ruined himself.

Moral lesson: 

We need to destroy the seed of your evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. And we also need to pay more attention to what the other says to us.



  • Simile: the preparation for a child going to the school after and before the computer becomes popular
  • Symbol: the computer as the modern equipments people use nowadays

Moral lesson:

Computers change people’s life and the machines change our life as well.





4 responses »

  1. In your entry, I find it quite ok about 3 items you choose. But in what you analyze, I have some additions
    In item 1 you can add other rhetorical devices. That is
     Rhyme: love – shove; demanding – standing; shame – blame; etc.
     Repetition: All for one and one for all.
     Pun: lend my helping hand and not a finger pointing the blame.
    In item 2, you can say more about metaphor. For examples, the “cord net” represents for the law, the countryman is the person who makes law.

  2. I see your entry is quite good. I really love it, especially item 1. It is a meaningful and great poem. However, I have some further comments about rhetorical devices in this item.
    – Rhyme: father-mother, mother-brother, above-other, other-father,
    – Simile: the power of family is a reflection of Gods compassion and magnificence.
    – Repetition: never, one, and
    Moreover, in item 3, I think you should enplain more specific about the message. In the head of the picture, there is a sentence ” first day of shool”, so you can say modern technology is now influenceing badly the studying of children.

    • I like the poem in your item no 1. It is a real topic in society now.To my mind, you should more analysis about rhetorical device of the poem to high light interesting ideas of the poem.
      For examples: personerlize: you – family
      Metaphor: your pain – problems of family; your wealth – happinesses of family;…..
      In this poem. the author used simile form : fammily is compared with lots of good things (forgiveness, pantience, strength,……). So that the author is praising power of family.

      I think, you should also show that the author hopes to remind young youth, being the children, about importances of family. They must know to valued their family.
      In your item 3 you need to introduce a bit about information of the picture to make reader understand more easily.
      About rhetorical device of this picture, I think there has contrast between two chairs characters are sitting.

  3. phithihong says:

    Hello Linh! I have some comments about your entry. All 3 items in the entry are very good. The first and second items are quite meaningful. I like them. Nevertheless, in the second item, as above comments, rhyme is not mentioned. And about the third item, I have to admit that it’s really interesting. However, I also want to add something into this item. There are still some symbols used in it. For example, the computer, the CD, yellow hair of the father and the child symbolize modern life. In contrast, the newspaper, the child’s picture, black hair of the father and the child symbolize the before life.

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