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  1. Jaimie Choi
    March 2, 2010

    The poems gives off a deep mood. The first poem reminds me of my experience. I remember the exact feeling of gaining courage to speak but then only recieving ignorance. I can also relate to “…to blend with the flowered paper” (lines 13). I remember feeling so embarressed from ignorance that I want to dissappear.

    Also, the “nobody” feel of the poem reminds me of Emily Dickinson.

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  2. Chris Cho
    March 4, 2010

    The first poem reminds me of Violet from The Incredibles. It reminds me that there is at least one “Violet” in every class. They are the plants waiting to bloom with their personality.

    The second poem was very similar to the first one, because is displays a shy, awkward character who isn’t willing to come out of their shell easily in fear of the rabbits. I could tell that the author has a similar theme going on, and that she shares the same beliefs of the tortoise, which is slow and steady wins the race.

    Overall, these two works impressed me immensely and gave me much inspiration for my literary works. Thank you, Mrs. Bennet!

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  3. Chris Cho
    March 4, 2010

    Oh yeah… I left out something. Violet is like a violet (flower) waiting to bloom.

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  4. rachel lee
    March 4, 2010

    After reader both poems, I instantly thought of myself. Like the violet and the tortoise, my character is extremely timid, quiet, and afraid. Relating to the violet, I could picture myself in a classroom full of laughter and noise as I would be trying to blend and be included. If I was not accepted, I would wish to transform into a tortoise so I could disappear completely.

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  5. Jacklyn Springer
    March 4, 2010

    This poems are very excellent. They are very easy to relate to and understand what the other is trying to get at. I love the use of imagery to fully picture what was happening.

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  6. Andrew Kim
    March 4, 2010

    Both poems were very interesting.

    The first poem, Violet, got me thinking. It’s true how this girl hides from society. I think one reason for that is because she might be afraid to stick out. Society is the hammer and she is the nail, the nail that sticks out most gets hammered first. It got me thinking of how many people are actually hiding. The color violet, I think, was a good choice because of it’s mysterious and dark feel.

    The second poem, Tortoise or Hare, also got me thinking. This poem is certainly insightful because that’s exactly how society is today. I think many want the shell of a tortoise to escape. Awkward…….moments…………… (awkward!)

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  7. Elena Bartolone
    March 5, 2010

    Both poems are centered on a fear of rejection and lack of confidence. In the first poem, the character is so embarrassed that she wants to become invisible, and to fade into the background. Similarly, in the second poem the character wants “A portable hiding place/ for those awkward moments,” (lines 6-7). Both feel uncomfortable exposing their true selves because of their lack of confidence. I have experienced that feeling as well, and know many others who have gone through similar experiences. I enjoyed these poems because I could relate to the characters.

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  8. Tatiana Pavelka
    March 5, 2010

    The poem “Violet,” gives me chills. It’s a beautiful poem, that describes a girl who does not seem to fit in. Many people can connect to this girl in the fact that everyone has felt awkward and different from others. The same goes for “Tortoise or Hare,” in which the Tortoise is hiding from the world, and from pain just like “Violet.” I thoroughly enjoyed these poems, and feel as if i can relate to them completely.

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