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The Base Stealer By Robert Francis. Published in The Orb Weaver (1948). Presented By Gabe Stokes and Jesse Sanford. Robert Francis. Born August 12, 1901, in Upland Pennsylvania Died in July 13, 1987 Francis lived most of his life in Amherst, Massachusetts. Thesis.

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The Base StealerBy Robert Francis

Published in The Orb Weaver (1948)

Presented By

Gabe Stokes and Jesse Sanford


Robert Francis

  • Born August 12, 1901, in Upland Pennsylvania

  • Died in July 13, 1987

  • Francis lived most of his life in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Thesis

  • The Glencoe Textbook should consider keeping this poem because…

  • The subject of baseball is very interesting to a different range of students.

  • Not only does it have an interesting topic, at the same time it teaches the different literary devices of English Poetry.


Rhyme Scheme and Rhythm

  • Poised between going on and back, pulled A

  • Both ways taut like a tight-rope walker B

  • Fingertips pointing the opposites, C

  • Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball, D

  • This poem’s Rhyme Scheme is Free verse because there is not a specific rhyme pattern.


Sound Device- Assonance

  • In this poem there are two lines with assonance in the repetition of the vowels “e” and “o”.

  • Poised between going on and back, pulled

  • Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball,


Sound Device- Alliteration

  • This poem also has alliteration in two lines, which is the repetition of the same letter in the beginning of a word.

  • Running a scattering of steps sidewise,

  • How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,


Sound Device- Repetition

  • This poem also has three lines of repetition. Repetition is the repeating of a word and/or words.

  • Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on!

  • He’s only flirting, crowd him, crowd him.

  • Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate – Now!


Sound Device- Onomatopoeia

  • One line of this poem have good examples of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is the use of a word or phrase, such as swoosh or clank, that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes.

  • Running a scattering of steps sidewise.


Simile

  • Three lines in this poem have a simile. Similes are a figure of speech that compares two things using like or as.

  • Both ways taut like a tight-rope walker.

  • Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball.

  • Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird.


Imagery

  • There is one line in this poem that has imagery. Imagery is when the author describes something to where you can see/imagine it.

  • Fingertips pointing the opposites.


The Base Stealer

  • Robert Francis’ poem should be kept in the new publication of the Glencoe Textbook because of the interesting topic, and because of all of the different literary elements of English poetry…

  • Assonance

  • Simile

  • Imagery

  • Repetition

  • Alliteration

  • Onomatopoeia


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