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    I love to go to Bay Plaza Mall. It’s my favorite place in the Bronx. The mall has good stores for me to shop in like Victoria Secret/Pink. I love how as soon as I walk into the mall, it smells like Cinnabon. Ci

    Sights and Smells of a Mall

    I love to go to Bay Plaza Mall. It’s my favorite place in the Bronx. The mall has good stores for me to shop in like Victoria Secret/Pink. I love how as soon as I walk into the mall, it...

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  • Dear Coleman:

    I am saddened by your essay, “Gateway – Daddy” because it’s crazy that the author hates her father for dying. I feel bad for her because he died.

    One line that stands out for me is, “When her father died, it was also the year that World war 2 was going on and as a young eight year old it must’ve been very traumatic to have he…Read More

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    A reader’s first impression of “A Birthday” by “Christina Rossetti” might be that she is celebrating her birthday with the love of her life, and yet, there is something sad about this. The poem provokes questions

    Looking for the real meaning of "A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti

    A reader’s first impression of “A Birthday” by “Christina Rossetti” might be that she is celebrating her birthday with the love of her life, and yet, there is something sad about this. The poem provokes questions. Why would such...

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  • Dear Chloe,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m glad it helped you understand my poem more.

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    The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled

    My questions about the poem "A Birthday," by Christina Rossetti

    The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it...

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    • Dear Ashley :

      I am interested about your poem, “A Birthday,” because of the line the author started the poem with. Also, the title of the poem is very creative to me.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The author started her poem with “My heart is like a singing bird” to show the reader how excited she felt. Then she said “Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;” to represent that her heart felt like it was filled with lushness and fertility. I commented “Maybe her heart is pounding so hard that it sounds like a beat or a song.” ” I think this is relatable because I also don’t see how it’s about a birthday.

      Another sentence that stood out to me was: “The poem makes me wonder “Who was her love?” and “When was her birthday?”. The poem answers “Who was her love?” by portraying her love as someone who supported the author. I know because she said “Because my love is come to me.” This proves my prediction more because it represents the reason why the author seemed happy. It must’ve been the best birthday she’s ever had.” This stood out for me because now I see why the poem is called “A Birthday”.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Chloe,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad it helped you understand my poem more.

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