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Classic Poem Dictations
Studying poetry is difficult because:
- sometimes the combination of words in the sentences do not make sense
- the structure of a poem very often does not follow the same English grammar patterns as regular writing
- sometimes the author of a poem uses obscure (difficult to understand) vocabulary...in fact, sometimes an author makes up their own new words!
Classic Poem Dictations Exercise 2
- "The Rose Family" by Robert Frost
Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was a famous poet from the U.S.A. Frost is known for using casual, everyday words and expressions in his poetry at a time when many other poets were using more traditional language. Even though he often wrote about the countryside, his poetry expressed feelings toward social and philosophical topics. Enjoy!
The Rose Family
by Robert Frost
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But now the theory goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose--
But were always a rose.
-a theory is an explanation about something that a person or group of people think is true but is difficult to prove 100% .
...[theory] goes... (verb)
-in this sentence, "goes" means "says" or "is". In English-speaking, we sometimes use "go" to describe how something works, how something is played, etc. For example, if you want to teach someone a new song you can say to them "The song goes like this..." and then sing or play the song to show them.
...prove a rose... (verb)
-this really means "...prove to be a rose..." Here, "prove" means to "be considered as". So, the line "What will next prove a rose," really means "What other things can we consider as a rose?" Poetry rocks!
A few TIPS for the English-Learner when reading English poems: