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The following is an essay written about the fictional poet, Ralph Upchuck. Take a look at the essay’s study of Ralph’s poetry and critique it (i.e. tell what’s wrong with/what’s good about the essay). List four things you find problematic. List one thing the writer does well. You’ll need to read through all of your classmates’ comments as well, because you’re not allowed to repeat anyone else’s ideas.
The Poetry of Ralph Upchuck
Ralph is a poet from the 20th century. He mostly likes to write about bugs and stuff. I like his poems a lot. They’re pretty good mostly.
This poet’s skill at creating metaphors and similes is far more interesting than any other poet before his time.
Ralph’s poems are kind of shaped like bugs. That’s the form. “The mosquitoes under the sun make me think twice/About going outside when it’s nice…”
Ralph has great imagery. “…and that’s why it bit me…” So you see, I picture a bug biting me in this line from his poem.
The tone of Ralph’s poems is serious and scientific. He uses big science-related words.
Ralph uses bug bite themes the most. “Bug bites are scary/Especially when the bug is hairy…” Mr. Upchuck also writes about strep throat in his poem called, I Kissed a Girl and Now I Gotta Pay. “Strep throat makes me feel so icky/But I get to stay home from school/Whenever I’m sickly…” I think Ralph is pretty morbid really.
Ralph uses poetic language like similes and metaphors and stuff. He also uses words like infectious, swollen, and mosquito. He has a unique choice of words.
His poetry is considered 20th Century poetry. Here’s the entire poem of A Spider Bit Me and Now I’m Going to Die:
A spider bit me
And now I’m going to die
I don’t know why I try
I wish I could fly
But instead I’ll die
This poem uses the typical vocabulary of the 20th century, with a few science words thrown in.
So you see, Ralph Upchuck’s skill at creating similes and metaphors is far greater than any other poet of his time. He’s better than Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and even Shel Silverstein.