Poetry Essay

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Poetry Portfolio Theme: Friends and Foes A Portfolio written by Filip Ilijevski at the dawn of his poetic career Featuring: A Poison Tree by William Blake A Time to Talk by Robert Frost This is the End by Filip Ilijevski All Because of You by Filip Ilijevski Jerry by Filip Ilijevski Table of Contents Reflective Introduction 2 A Poison Tree by William Blake 4 Poem Analysis of “A Poison Tree” 5 A Time to Talk by Robert Frost 6 This is the End by Filip Ilijevski (Free verse) 7 All Because of You by Filip Ilijevski (Quatrain) 8 Jerry by Filip Ilijevski (Limerick) 10 Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12 Reflective Introduction The central theme of my portfolio is the theme of friends and foes. I originally thought to only write about friendship, but then my thoughts turned to the opposite concept – enemies and how sometimes friends can turn into enemies. Friendship is a very important element in a person’s life and it enriches our lives greatly. Unfortunately life is rarely perfect and there will always be times when not everyone will like or respect us and those people can turn into our enemies. The ideas for my original poems came from real-life situations. In “This is the End” I recalled a time when I finally realized that a person who I considered a friend was actually the opposite. I think that the poem successfully conveys my feeling of disbelief and anger. The poem “All Because of You” shows a positive aspect of friendship and there is a feeling of well-being and contentment. Jerry is a limerick in honour of a real-life friend of the same name who actually moved from Brazil to Thornhill. The poems by Robert Frost and William Blake are juxtaposed – Blake’s A Poison Tree shows the dark side of hating your enemy, while Frost’s A Time to Talk shows a light-hearted side of

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