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A country boy in winter

A Country Boy in Winter

By:

Sarah Orne Jewett

Presented By: Kalie Adkins


About sarah orne jewett

About Sarah Orne Jewett

At a young age she developed rheumatoid arthritis because of this condition she went on many walks, where she fell in love with nature. She wrote formal poems that had a lot of rhyme. Her poems and fiction stories had to do with her hometown and the traditions there. She traveled all around the world for inspiration but she mainly wrote about her home and life in the country.


My poem

My Poem

There’s always something I can do

To pass the time away;

The dark comes quick in winter-time—

A short and stormy day

And when I give my mind to it,

It’s just as father says,

I almost do a man’s work now,

And help him many ways.

I shall be glad when I grow up

And get all through with school,

I’ll show them by-and-by that I

Was not meant for a fool.

I’ll take the crops off this old farm,

I’ll do the best I can.

A jolly boy like me won’t be

A dolt when he’s a man.

I like to hear the old horse neigh

Just as I come in sight,

The oxen poke me with their horns

To get their hay at night.

Somehow the creatures seem like friends,

And like to see me come.

Some fellows talk about New York,

But I shall stay at home

The wind may blow the snow about,

For all I care, says Jack,

And I don’t mind how cold it grows,

For then the ice won’t crack.

Old folks may shiver all day long,

But I shall never freeze;

What cares a jolly boy like me

For winter days like these?

Far down the long snow-covered hills

It is such fun to coast,

So clear the road! the fastest sled

There is in school I boast.

The paint is pretty well worn off,

But then I take the lead;

A dandy sled’s a loiterer,

And I go in for speed.

When I go home at supper-time,

Ki! but my cheeks are red!

They burn and sting like anything;

I’m cross until I’m fed.

You ought to see the biscuit go,

I am so hungry then;

And old Aunt Polly says that boys

Eat twice as much as men.


Rhyme

Rhyme

Rhyme

The poem has end rhyme that creates a beat or rhythm. The rhyme is in lines 2 and 4 and lines 6 and 8,

Structure

6 Stanzas

8 Lines Per Stanza

Speaker is the boy telling the story.

The wind may blow the snow about, ]A

For all I care, says Jack, ]B

And I don’t mind how cold it grows, ]C

For then the ice won’t crack. ]B

Old folks may shiver all day long, ]D

But I shall never freeze; ]E

What cares a jolly boy like me ]F

For winter days like these? ]E

Far down the long snow-covered hills ]G

It is such fun to coast, ]H So clear the road! the fastest sled ]I

There is in school I boast. ]H

The paint is pretty well worn off, ]J

But then I take the lead; ]K

A dandy sled’s a loiterer, ]L

And I go in for speed. ]K


Imagery

Imagery

  • Lines 3-4

  • And I don’t mind how cold it grows,

  • For then the ice won’t crack.

Lines 18-19

but my cheeks are red!

They burn and sting like anything;


Imagery1

Imagery

Lines 27-28

The dark comes quick in winter-time—

A short and stormy day

Lines 39-40

A jolly boy like me won’t be

A dolt when he’s a man


Meaning literal figurative

Meaning: Literal/Figurative

  • Winter

  • Literal: Winter is a time when the weather gets cold and farm boys get a break from work.

  • Figurative: Winter represents that hardships in life for all people. Winter also represents the boy going from a young boy to a man, growing up.

Country Boy

Literal: The country boy represents a farm boys daily life.

Figurative: The country boy represents the life style that farmers and other kids have. The boy has more responsibilities helping out around the farm and his life plan has already been decided that he will become a farmer.


Ballad lyric poem

Ballad/ Lyric Poem

  • The poem is a lyric because it expresses emotion.

  • I like to hear the old horse neigh

  • Just as I come in sight,

  • The oxen poke me with their horns

  • To get their hay at night.

  • Some fellows talk about New York,

  • But I shall stay at home

The poem is a ballad because it tells a story.

Far down the long snow-covered hills

It is such fun to coast

When I go home at supper-time,

I almost do a man’s work now,

And help him many ways.


Sources

Sources

www.public.coe.edu/~theller/soj/sj-index.htm

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sarah-orne-jewett

http://www.poemhunter.com/sarah-orne-jewett/biography/

http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poet/sarah-orne-jewett


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