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Poems Inspired by Science
• Caterpillars by Brod Bagert • The Bluet by James Schuyler
• ―Iron the common element of earth…‖ by Lorine Niedecker
• From ―In Just-‖ by e. e. cummings • April Rain Song by Langston Hughes • Ready for Jupiter by Bridget Madden • From Sing-Song by Christina Rossetti • ‗Blazing in Gold...‖ by Emily Dickinson
• • • • • • • Entomology - the study of insects Botany & horticulture - the study of plants Geology - the study of earth formations Meteorology - the study of weather Astronomy - the study of space Other fields of science: _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _________________________________ _______________
Butterfly Poem Science Subject: Entomology
BY BROD BAGERT
They came like dewdrops overnight Eating every plant in sight,
Those nasty worms with legs that crawl
So creepy up the garden wall, Green prickly fuzz to hurt and sting
Each unsuspecting living thing.
How I hate them! Oh, you know I‘d love to squish them with my toe.
But then I see past their disguise,
Someday they‘ll all be butterflies.
Flower Poem Science Subject: Botany and Horticulture
• • • • • Pallid - pale Astonish - surprise Infinite - forever Proclamation - declaration Sepulture – burial chamber
The Dandelion's pallid tube Astonishes the Grass, And Winter instantly becomes An infinite Alas -The tube uplifts a signal Bud And then a shouting Flower, -The Proclamation of the Suns That sepulture is o'er.
• bluet (n.) - a type of flower • stamina (n.) - the ability to keep up your effort for a long time • Quaker lady (n.) - another type of flower, named after the appearance of women who were of the Quaker faith back in the 1700 & 1800s (they wore white bonnets with frills around it, like a flower‘s petals) • Carr‘s table water biscuit - a type of cracker that you have with cheese often at parties. Look for them in the grocery store next time you‘re there! (Anything can go in a poem; any errand you run can help evoke a line in a poem!) • ripple (n.) or (v.) - series of waves on a surface • dour (adj.) - gloomy in manner or appearance
The Bluet by James Schuyler
And is it stamina that unseasonably freaks forth a bluet, a Quaker lady, by the lake? So small, a drop of sky that The hills, the leaves that have not yet fallen are deep and oriental rug colors. Brown leaves in the woods set off gray trunks of trees. But that bluet was
splashed and held,
four-petaled, creamy in its throat. The woods around were brown, the air crisp as a Carr's table water biscuit and smelt of cider. There were frost apples on the trees in the field below the house. The pond was still, then broke into a ripple.
the focus of it all: last
spring, next spring, what does it matter? Unexpected as a tear when someone reads a poem you wrote
for him: "It's this line
here." That bluet breaks me up, tiny spring flower late, late in dour October.
Mineral Poem Science Subject: Geology
• Freighters - cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another • Sault Sainte Marie – port city in Michigan on the St Mary River, across from Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada • Ore - a mineral that contains metal that is valuable enough to be mined • Iron ore - an ore from which iron can be extracted
Iron the common element of earth in rocks and freighters Sault Sainte Marie—big boats coal-black and iron-ore-red topped with what white castlework The waters working together internationally Gulls playing both sides -Lorine Niedecker
Seasons and Weather Poems Science Subject: Meteorology
from “in Just-…‖ BY E. E. CUMMINGS in Justspring when the world is mudluscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it's spring
when the world is puddle-wonderful
April Rain Song BY LANGSTON HUGHES Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. The rain makes running pools in the gutter. The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night— And I love the rain.
Planet, Sun and Moon Poems Science Subject: Astronomy
Is the moon tired? she looks so pale Within her misty veil: She scales the sky from east to west, And takes no rest. Before the coming of the night The moon shows papery white; Before the dawning of the day She fades away.
From ―Sing-Song‖ by Christina Rossetti (18301894)
I'm ready for Jupiter It's fiery red spot The way it fits three Earths All those lightning bolts and hurricanes I wish two asteroids would reinvent my world Smacking into me, getting "hitted from both sides" (As the first-grade astronomer explains it) Then a storm would rage that never dies -Bridget Madden
• blazing - (v.) burn fiercely or brightly • quenching - (v.) satisfy • horizon - (n.) The line at which the earth's surface and the sky appear to meet. • stooping - (v.) Bend one's head or body forward and downward
• otter - (n.) A fish-eating mammal of the weasel family, typically semiaquatic, with an elongated body, dense fur, and webbed feet
• tinting - (v.) color (something) slightly; tinge: "a black car with tinted windows". • bonnet - (n.) a woman's or child's hat tied under the chin, typically with a brim framing the face
Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple Leaping like Leopards to the Sky Then at the feet of the old Horizon Laying her spotted Face to die Stooping as low as the Otter's Window Touching the Roof and tinting the Barn Kissing her Bonnet to the Meadow And the Juggler of Day is gone -Emily Dickinson
How will science inspire you? I can‘t wait to find out!