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WRITE A RIDDLE POEMYou are to write a riddle poem in the same syle as ³A Narrow Fellow in the Grass´ by EmilyDickinson. Follow the direction below.1. First, read the poem.A narrow fellow in the grassOccasionally rides;You may have met him,--did you not,His notice sudden is.The grass divides as with a comb,A spotted shaft is seen;And then it closes at your feetAnd opens further on.He likes a boggy acre,A floor too cool for corn.Yet when a child, and barefoot,I more than once, at morn,Have passed, I thought, a whip-lashUnbraiding in the sun,--When, stooping to secure it,It wrinkled, and was gone.Several of nature's peopleI know, and they know me;I feel for them a transportOf cordiality;But never met this fellow,Attended or alone,Without a tighter breathing,And zero at the bone.Did you get it? Do you know what the ³narrow fellow´ is? (If you don¶t, I¶m not going to tellyou here.)
 
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. Next, come up with your object. It should be something commonplace that everyone knows, but should be interesting enough that you will be able to disguise what it is. A student in a previous year chose to write about a mirror. Her choice was perfect²we are all familiar withwhat a mirror is and what it does, but it lends itself to unlimited possibilities when you aredescribing it.3. Write a poem. Use Dickinson¶s as a model, if you like. This poem should be a little on thelong side (Dickinson¶s is
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lines), because you want to be sure to give your reader enoughinformation to figure out what you are writing about.
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. Post it on your blog. Don¶t give the answer away, of course! Then, go to your friends¶ blogs.Read their poems and try to figure out what they are writing about. Make comments on thei blogs and include your guesses. Need more examples?I Like to See it Lap the milesEmily DickinsonI like to see it lap the miles,And lick the valleys up,And stop to feed itself at tanks;And then, prodigious, stepAround a pile of mountains,And, supercilious, peer In shanties by the sides of roads;And then a quarry pareTo fit its sides, and crawl between,Complaining all the whileIn horrid, hooting stanza;Then chase itself down hillAnd neigh like Boanerges;Then, punctual as a star,Stop - docile and omnipotentAt its own stable door.
One Guess By Robert Frost 
 

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