Short Responses.


Response to two people (9-12 sentences for each person) how do you think.

1. The first person.

iTunes terms of Service:

I would say that iTunes terms of service should not be considered poetry. Poetry usually utilizes a distinctive style and rhythm in order to convey a specific intense feeling or emotion. This is not at all seen within the iTunes terms of service. The terms of service is more used as an informative piece to show users what the legal obligations and requirements of the service are. Therefore, there is not doubt that the iTunes terms of service is not poetry as it informs readers about what they can expect from the service and does not utilize a distinctive style.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”

Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” is undoubtedly an example of poetry. The piece of work demonstrates unquestionable rhyming and through this Maya Angelou is able to appeal to the emotion of the audience. It is very well noted through the context of the poem that she was trying to appeal to the reader/ listeners emotion. Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman is not merely an example of poetry; it is an example of poetry at its finest.


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* Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” (Is is poetry?)

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2. The second person.

“How To Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time”

I do not think “How To Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time” is a poem. First and the main reason is that the author does not seem to be have “poem writing” in mind when the she was writing this blog or recipe. Second, I’ll say that there are sentences similar to alliterations every now and then such as “Place the pan over high heat and bring the water to a boil.” However, there does not seem to be any rhythmic matter, no organized rhythming pattern, and none of the foot patterns apply. Third, intuitively, I feel that there are no deep hidden implications or mysterious feelings I get from many other poems that I have read before. The instructions and content are clear and direct, making it easier to understand than poetry.

“Canterbury Tales General Prologue” (YouTube Version)

I think the part read from the Canterbury Tales, “Canterbury Tales General Prologue” is a poem. First, it is categorized as poem by many. Second, it fulfills most of my expectations for a poem. The verses rhyme, there is a clear rhythmic pattern, and alliterations are used often. The text is telling a story, but not that much in a narrative that it loses its poetic qualities. This is something that could have been made into a song and sang out by a bard of olden days. There is a double implication of spring being a time that plants are awakening and people starting to want to go on a pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral. I think this an allegory symbolizing the beginning of a journey, in this case, probably a journey to purification (because they are going to a cathedral). (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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