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To Satch. By Samuel Allen. Sometimes I feel like I will never stop Just go on forever Til one fine mornin ’ I’m gonna ’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars Swing out my long lean leg And whip three hot strikes burnin ’ down the heavens And look over at God and say

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to satch

To Satch

By Samuel Allen

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Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over at God and say

How about that!

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Form
  • This is a one stanza poem with eight lines.
  • How many syllables are in the first line?
  • The second line?
  • The third?
  • Is there a pattern to this meter?
  • Is there any end rhyme in this poem?
  • So this poem is _____________________ .

Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over at God and say

How about that!

meaning
Meaning…
  • What is the major image in this poem?
  • Where is this person? What has happened to him?
  • What type of person was he?
  • What was his personality like?
  • How can you tell he’s like that?

Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over at God and say

How about that!

diction
Diction
  • Diction is an author’s choice of words
  • When we discuss diction we can’t just say “This poem has diction” like we say “This poem has alliteration”
  • Of course it “has diction.” Diction just means words.
  • We must charcaterize the diction.
  • “This poem uses formal diction.”
  • “This poem uses casual diction and slang.”
what are some other types of diction
What are some other types of diction?
  • A writer’s diction might be harsh and angry sounding, using negative and unpleasant words.
  • A writer might use soft sounding words with many s’s and other soothing sounds.
  • A poet could use demanding diction .
how would you characterize the diction in to satch
How would you characterize the diction in “To Satch”?

Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over and God and say

How about that!

so who was satch
So who was Satch?
  • Satch was a real life baseball player who played on all-black teams in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
  • In 1948 he made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians
  • H e was 42 then… that’s old for a baseball player.
  • His full name was Leroy (Satchell) Paige
  • He was famous for his assortment of curveballs and his great personality.
what other devices are in the poem
What other devices are in the poem?
  • Lots of Assonance

Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over at God and say

How about that!

there is also alliteration
There is also alliteration

Sometimes I feel like I will never stop

Just go on forever

Til one fine mornin’

I’m gonna’ reach up and grab me a handfulla stars

Swing out my long lean leg

And whip three hot strikes burnin’ down the heavens

And look over at God and say

How about that!