Summary Of The Poem 'The Summer I Was Sixteen'

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The poem I choose was The Summer I was Sixteen, written by Geraldine Connolly. In summary, this poem is about her and her friend are not getting the eyes of the boys, instead they swim, sunbathe, sing and dance to the music coming from the old radio, and eat hot dogs and cotton candy. It was summertime they didn’t have a care in the world and they are living that summer the best it can be. The main message that I got from it was, that you are not young forever, take time to hang out with your bestfriend and having no worries. This poem describes a perfect summer for an average teenage girl, with the sunbathing, swimming, and eating fun foods such as cotton candy. Geraldine Connolly uses the poetic elements of figurative language, sound devices,and structure to help get the theme of the poem across, which is the summer is your time to have fun. The author expressed the theme by using poetic elements such as imagery, personification, and a simile. To describe what they ate she wrote,”we gobbled/cotton candy torches, sweet as furtive kisses/shared on benches beneath summer shadows” (12-14). This use of imagery helps get the…show more content…
This poem is structured with enjambment which helps the poem flow and set across the free feeling of summer. The whole poem is enjambed but an example of it are in lines 5-7 Shaking water off our limbs, we lifted/ up from ladder rungs across the fern-cool/ lip of rim. There is no meter in this poem, it is read with no stressed syllables, and I think that is wonderful because it gets the feeling of any summer event. In this poem there is no rhyming which isn’t the best example as summer, because I imagine summer fun and bubbly, and this wasn’t the most fun to read. There are 5 stanzas, 4 lines in each stanza, and 20 lines total. This poem “breaks the rules” and feels like a splash in the water when reading it because it flows very

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