poem analysis

In his poem “The Portrait,” poet Stanley Kunitz uses imagery and figurative language to show us his theme of writing.  In the poem, Kunitz uses sight imagery to describe a clear image in the story.  Later in the poem, Kunitz uses sensitive imagery to describe the characters thoughts.  Kunitz also uses figurative language in his poem, for instance in lines sentences when he describes deep level brown eyes.  This example of figurative language is a simile / metaphor because it’s not really true.

Imagery.  In the final lines of the poem, the character says that he had a portrait and that in the portrait his father was in it and that his father he killed himself at a local park.  Based on this evidence, I feel that Stanley Kunitz is trying to show us that if you kill yourself in a park you will miss out on things in the present and that some things can’t be forgiven


classical greece

Classical Greece

Classical Athens developed the most democratic system of government the world had ever seen, although not everyone could participate in decision making it became a foundation of modern democracies

After rejecting less democratic forms of government they decided to try something different

Social structure and citizenship in the Greek polis

Citizens (free adult males) had political rights and the responsibility of civic participation in government

Woman, foreigners, and slaves had no political rights

Contrasting philosophies of government divided the Greek-city states of Athens (democracy) and Sparta (oligarchy)


Stages in the evolution of Athenian government: monarchy, aristocracy, tyranny, democracy,

Tyrants who worked for reform: Draco, Solon

Draco established an exceptionally harsh code of laws

Solon repealed most of Draco’s work and divided Athenian citizens into social classes

Origin of democratic principles:

Direct democracy, public debate, duties of the citizen

The Athenian concept of citizenship is highly similar to the early-mid American institution of citizenship


Oligarchy(rule by a small group)-rigid social structure

Only native Spartiartes were granted full citizenship and political


character creating

It’s the first day of school and Mrs. Kincaid walks casually into the classroom, twenty minutes late.  She drops a stack of worksheets onto Akhira’s desk and yells “time to move – this is my seat now!”  Akhira stands up, frowning, and moves to a different seat; Mrs. Kincaid simply walks away without sitting down.

            “Students, this class is going to be different from any other one you’ve ever had.”  Mrs. Kincaid smiled, a strange glow in her eyes.  “First off, I’m never going to call you by your real name.  Everyone will have a nickname that I create, and this will be what I call you throughout this entire school year!”  The students stared at Mrs. Kincaid, some scowling, some giggling quietly at this unusual behavior.  Suddenly, Mrs. Kincaid turned and pointed a blue-nailed finger at one of the laughing students.  “Your name will be ‘silly-face,’ because you like to laugh, and your face looks silly.”  Stunned students, silence… (incomplete)


editor reading

Dear editor

I think that students should have parties in the cafeteria every once in a while only if they didn’t get in trouble or got a referral. I think that its fair because those that didn’t get in trouble should be rewarded and those that missed behaved be punished. The parties should be given to students that showed that they can behave and that they did a good job on tests and didn’t get into any trouble. The parties should be in the cafeteria that way those will know where to go to have fun at the party, and The party should have a couple of teachers just in case someone needs help or a fight breaks out.

Sincerely Justin Robinson