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The Beaches of Mexico(CAROLYN GRAHAM)
The Beaches of Mexico (CAROLYN GRAHAM)
you ever seen the beaches of Mexico?
Have you ever walked the streets of San Juan?
Have you ever been to Haiti?
Have you ever been to Spain?
you ever walked barefoot in a heavy rain
Have you ever been in trouble
Have you ever been in pain?
Have you ever been in love?
Would you do it all again
Well, I've never seen the beaches of Mexico.
I've never walked the streets of San Juan.
I've never been to Haiti.
I've never been to Spain.
I've never walked barefoot
in a heavy rain.
But I've sure been in trouble,
I've sure been in pain,
I've sure been in love,
I'd do it all againSlide4
Read the poem again and answer:Structure
is special about the structure
many stanzas of
questions and how many of answers do you see?
stanzas of questions? What is the difference between them?
type of questions do we have more?
word is added in the answers?
is the poet asking the questions
Let’s focus on the meaning
Why do you think the poet chose to ask questions and answer them?
The poem introduces contrasts in the poem. What contrasts can you identify
3. What does the poet mean when he says: " I'd do it all again?" Why?
The poet says that he would experience love, pain, trouble again because he learned from these experiences, they built his personality, and developed him).Slide7
do you think about
answer? Would you have given the same answer?Slide8
5. How does the
reinforce this idea?
The poet talks about his life experience. The Present Perfect Simple is used to describe actions that happened in the past but effect the present
do you think about this answer? Would you have given the same answer?
is the message of the poem?
should we begin the answer?
Begin your answer with one of the following: I feel/ I think/ In my opinion, the poet is trying to say….Slide10
People have different experiences, some are external such as visiting places and some are internal like love and pain. (the beaches etc. symbolize the external while pain etc. the internal)
The external surrounding can change however, the internal cannot.
The external experiences differs between people but the internal don't since we all experience love (not just to a lover-it can be to a pet…) pain, and trouble.
The poem introduces contrasts.Slide11
8. Go back to the name of the poem.
What can you say about it now?
The name of the poem hides the feelings the poet conveys in the poem. The title makes us think we are talking about a place, a fantasy, whereas we are actually discussing life and reality. There is a contrast between fantasy and reality.Slide12
In your notebooks fill in the chart. Give an example for each of the features we spoke about: 2. What is the message of the poem?
Expression in the poem
1. Stanza scheme
Choose ONE task:
Write your own poem using the same structure
Optional- using a shorter version for example:
Have you ever been
Have you ever
you do it all again?
Well, I've never
I've sure been
I've sure been
do it all
a letter to the poet. Share your thought and feelings after reading the poem. You can also ask questions, give suggestions etc.