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INSTITUT PENDIDIKAN GURU

KAMPUS TUN HUSSEIN ONN


BATU BAHAT, KLUANG
PROGRAM PENSISWAZAHAN GURU (PPG)
AMBILAN JUN 2011
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (WAJ 3102)

Semester 2
Nama

Siva Piragash A/L Ampalagam

No. Kad. Peng.

811228016535

Kelas Kump/ No. Pel

Matematik Kump 4

Tajuk Kerja Kursus

Poems

Nama Pensyarah

Dr. Rafiah Abdul Rahman

Task 1 : Compare and contrast

Introduction

A poem is a creative form of writing. It uses beautiful language or expressions to


convey experiences, ideas or emotions in an imaginative way. It is usually written in
stanzas and has a certain rhyme scheme or free verse.
I chose my poem related the theme nature. I chose my poem related to nature
because nature is a very big context and I can talk more about it. The title of my poem is
River. I chose the poem from internet. I came across many poem based on the theme
nature. But this poem attracted me because I can understand the poem easily and it
written in a very sweet also simple language. It stands in four stanzas. The author of
this poem is Mrs.Brianna Noyota. I have chosen and read most of her poems in internet.
And I noticed that she is prefer to write poems based on the theme Nature. She is also
a Japanese woman. I really wonder, even a Japanese lady also can bring many
wonderful poems.
The title of my second poem is The River. This poem is actually from the book
Let Me Touch the Sky. The author of this book Valerie Bloom. Valerie was born in
1956, first came to England in 1979, and is now based in Kent, but continues to travel
around the UK and abroad adding to her thousands of performances, workshops and
school visits. Her poetry has become widely known through her books, those of her own

poetry and anthologies she has edited, plus a novel, and she was commissioned to
write a poem on Celebration for National Poetry Day 2002. At last count, her poetry had
been printed in over 250 anthologies, as well as appearing frequently on television,
stage and radio. I chose quite same poems but the author is different. This is because
when I compare and contrast the poems, easily I can find out the differences and
settings of the poems. Valerie Bloom also a well-known writer. I did some research on
her poems in internet. And finally I came across that is interesting writing poem
especially for children.

Comparison of the poems

'The River'

'River'

Author - Valerie Bloom.


she is a writter. this poem
is actually from book
orginally.

Author - Mrs.Brianna
Noyota.
she is a Japanese author.

Theme - Nature, i chose


from the theme Nature

Theme - same theme


Nature has been chose.

Souce - Let Me Touch the


Sky (Macmillan Children's
Books, 2000) this poem is
in the book

Souce http://www.poetryinnature.
com/nature/poetry
this poem in in internet.

Comparison of setting
Setting is the place or location of the action or the place of the poem. The setting
provides the historical and cultural context for characters. It often can symbolise the
emotional state of characters. Setting in poems also show the context and environment
in which a situation is set or the background.

'River'

'The River'

describe about a very beatiful river.


it shows in the first stanza which is
'Deep and clear and blue'. the
setting of the poem is at avery
clean river. it shows in second
stanza 'gracefully gliding down'
the poem mostly describe about a
phisical of a river.

describe about a river.


talk about the birth of river in first
stanza.
in second stanza writer talk about the
scenery at the river side.

Comparison of tone/ mood


Mood is a state of mind or emotion and can be voice in the poem. It also a
pervading impression of an observer. Poems can reflect the mood of the writer. We can
also understand the feeling or the impression of the writers in their poems. The attitude
of the persona in the poem with his or her choice of words.

'The River'

'River'

the writer is describing joyously about the river as


a singer in fifth stanza.
He is in very calm mood.
the poem is more lovingly and soft tone.

the writer is talking about the dangerous of the


river.
he is in serious mood in this poem.

Comparison of moral value in the poems


Moral value is a good thing or good behavior that contain in the poems. Moral
values are things held to be right or wrong or desirable or undesirable in poem. While
morality is sometimes described in poems. The lessons that a reader can learn from the
poems.

love the nature


cannot polute the river. this is explain by the writer in
stanza three.

The river

talking about Cleanlines in stanza one.


beware of the dangerous of river.
River

Comparison of message/ meaning in the poems


All poems can be interpreted at two levels or meanings which is literal meaning
and figurative meaning. The literal meaning refers to the general meaning of the poem,
that is, its meaning as it appears to mean. Generally the title will give an inkling of what
the poem is about. It reflects the overall meaning of the poem. The figurative meaning
refers to the deeper or implied meaning of the poem. One has to read between the lines
to understang the figurative meanings. It also refers to ones interpretation of the poem
which is based on ones understanding of the idea in the poem.

The River

describe about a beatiful river

River

keep river clean

brief on the characteristics of a


river and its behaviour
people responsibility to preserve
river without polluting or try to
challenge it. Take care of river
and also environment

also mentions the rivers multiple


characteristics as the wanderer, a
winder, a hoarder, a baby, a
singer and as a monster

the poet warns everyone that we


do not miscalculate the rivers
characteristics as it may harm
you

Task 2 : Personal Response/ My point of view

Well, both poems poems were selected under the theme of nature and precisely
on river. Both poets are nature lovers as they revealed on the present conditions of the
rivers that we have on the globe at present. River by Brianna Noyota and The River by
Valerie Bloom, both were giving an overall exposure on its conditions, nature and the
way the people use them at present where it touches on the importance of the Mother
Natures gift.
River by Brianna Noyota, that consists of four stanzas, is written in order to brief
on the characteristics of a river and its behaviour. The poet also clearly mentions that
the river is clean and fresh as we, the human being do not ever misjudge it. The poet
clearly highlights that the river to her that we, the human being never try to challenge it
as it would not waits for long and punishes anyone who dares doing so.
Whereas, The River by Valerie Bloom, also mentions the rivers multiple
characteristics as the wanderer, a winder, a hoarder, a baby, a singer and as a monster.
She has chosen the most suitable metaphor that suits the river that see sees. She does
reveal that the multiple uses of a river, in her perception. Her poem clearly mention that
she is a naturalist who loves rivers on earth and at the same time, Valerie does wish the

people with all walks of life do understand and preserve the river, one of the Mother
Natures gift to be saved for our next generations.
Both the poets, of course use simple language as the they emphasize on nature
rather than the language. Their ultimate purpose or aim are just on the heritage that a
river has and they want the people to appreciate it without any reasons. They just wish
educate the people to understand well on its importance and not polluting them for their
own short term gains, perhaps.
The River by Valerie Bloom reveals that the poet wishes the people or the public
to be exposed on the characteristics of a river and she direly wants the public to
understand well on the people responsibility to preserve it without polluting or try to
challenge it. Valerie, also as a naturalist wants the public to know its behaviour and
respect it. She also mentions the multiple uses of a river. Besides, Valerie Blooms
highlights the good and the bad of a river. Her poem always be and advice to the public
on how we need to see as she sees the river in general.
Meanwhile, Brianna Noyota, another well-established poet, a nature lover,
reveals that the multiple characteristics of a river in simple language. She also
emphasizes on the importance of having another Mather Nature gift on this globe. Its a
kind advice to all that we, as the human being who rule this world also need to sit and
think that we need to preserve the river for our own benefit. In four stanzas, Brianna
Noyota describes the river in her point of view that she warns everyone that we do not
miscalculate the rivers characteristics as it may harm you. Its just a reminder to anyone

who happens to see this poem and she also wants to educate the public and the school
going children that they have to be nurtured on the importance of having rivers on earth.
The setting is always mingles around the venue and the time. Although the place
is a river and no time is mentioned as both poets or naturalists just wants to educate the
public on the importance of preserving the rivers as theyre common phenomenon on
this globe, currently.
Both the poets used the simple language with some selected terms that can
make the public or the children to understand on the theme. Lots of adjectives were
used in their poems as to describe the rivers characteristics well. Any walks of people
able to understand the poems.
Brianna Noyota describes her river as the children and public can understand
well but Valerie Bloom has done a wonderful job compares to Brianna because she has
made her poem more clearer and attractive. Definitely, the school going children would
definitely love to read and enjoy Valeries writings.
Valerie Bloom has used many metaphors such as wanderer, a baby, a winder, a
hoarder, a singer and as a monster in her poem. These metaphors would make any
reader to get attracted compared to Brianna Noyota where her poem found to be so flat
and very little attractions compared to Valerie Bloom.

Reflection
I chose poems based on the theme nature. Both poets are nature lovers as they
revealed on the present conditions of the rivers that we have on the globe at present.
River by Brianna Noyota and The River by Valerie Bloom, both were giving an overall
exposure on its conditions, nature and the way the people use them at present where it
touches on the importance of the Mother Natures gift.
Both the poets, of course use simple language as the they emphasize on nature
rather than the language. Their ultimate purpose or aim are just on the heritage that a
river has and they want the people to appreciate it without any reasons. Even though
the poets used very simple language but I still need to hold my dictionary to fine out
same meanings.
This is a very new and different experience for me especially when compare the
poems. Its quite a tough task also but I really enjoy the job. Through this assignment I
come across to know about many famous poets. This task help me also to improve my
English knowledge as well.
I also studied about the history of poem a bit. Poetry has a long history, dating
back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. The earliest poems evolved from folk songs,
such as the Chinese Shijing, or from the need to retell oral epics, such as the Sanskrit

Vedas, Zoroastrian Gathas, and the Homeric epics, the Odyssey and the Iliad. Ancient
attempts to define poetry, such as Aristotle's Poetics, focused on the uses of speech in
rhetoric, drama, song, and comedy. Later attempts concentrated on features such as
repetition, verse form and rhyme, and emphasized the aesthetics which distinguish
poetry from more objectively informative, prosaic forms of writing. From the mid-20th
century, poetry has sometimes been more generally labeled as a fundamental creative
act using language.

References :

1. http://www.poetryinnature.com/search
2. http://www.poetryinnature.com/nature/poetry
3. http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/ElementsLit.html
4. http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/

Nature Poems
Environment Poem
River
Brianna Noyota
Charging right on by
Deep and clear and blue
Sparing not a single glance
As it passes you.
Nothing but mossy rocks
And lots of water too
Gracefully gliding down
A deathly deep blue.
Sweeping anything away
If it gets in its path
Anyone can easily see
Its fury and its wrath
If you enter this trap,
Youll be a survivor,
If you learn to outsmart
This dangerous river.
Read more: River, Environment Poems
http://www.poetryinnature.com/nature/poetry.asp?poem=5375#ixzz1pqOrlWr6
from www.PoetryInNature.com