• Dear Ariel,
    One thing that I liked about your analysis is that your question was a question that some people like me wonder as well. You chose this question for the right poem. This poem is talking about how someone left their family for a better life which answers this question.

  • The poem “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks on the outside is about an abortion but when you look deeper it is about a mother grieving about her abortion. The poem at first starts talking about how an abortion wor

  • Dear Jillian:
    I am impressed by the connection you made between the poem , “ Sonnet 129,” because your poem instead of answering your question directly, did it discreetly. You made an inference for the answer to your question due to having the evidence first. It is impressive because you decided to come up with a question backwards.
    One sen…[Read more]

  • “The mother” starts out with this line which basically summarizes what this poem is mostly going to be about by saying “Abortions will not let you forget”. The line after this one basically explains how mot

  • The color of brown and white It reminds me of the calm days This shells whiteness makes the day alight The colors are light but darker than the sun rays This shell makes me feel relaxed and calmIt’s unlike most

  • Dear : Octavio
    I am curious by your analysis on the poem you chose , “ The Raven,” because your analysis on it made me question, is the man really sane? Your analysis on the poem helped me see that there are different point of views to it.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I say this because He is alone and is trying to prove…[Read more]

  • My first impression of this poem was that it was about a mother. When I read the first line I noticed that it was a sentimental poem.  It made me feel troubled yet, at the same time, curious. A line that

  • Dear : Jillian
    I am enchanted By your poem, “voices in prospect park,” because it is really admiring of how u described a good time.Even if your friends didn’t notice when you left, you looked at the positive.
    One line that stands out for me is, “Alongside my friends who talk but i talk not ” I think this line is mysterious because you decid…[Read more]

  • One place I love is Mexico. I took pictures of it when I went over there for vacation and here they are. These pictures aren’t the best because I didn’t know that I’ll need them for this class. They are photo

  • She knows she can’tBut if she has the chanceShe wants to stay To breathe in the unique scent of the dayFor now, she’s stuck in a cityShe wants to leave and go to the relaxing placeWhere she could forget her sch

    • Dear Wendy:
      I feel I am living her poem, “A poem of Mexico,” because Mexico is very gorgeous place. Is a place where you can relax be with were family and live together. And I am in USA and my parents are in Mexico and it is hard living far from them.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She waits for the day when she’ll go back
      She waits for the day where she’ll see her family again.” I think this is as a hope because personally I wait for the day to see my parents. It’s a sacrifice the simple fact of begin away from them.
      Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we are many children of Mexican parents that we went through this situation. Mexico is the only place where you can feel breath good aire and feel part of there. I am sure that your writing are going to represent me.

    • Dear Wendy,
      “A poem of Mexico” is a very versatile poem. There are many literary devices that you use that really bring out the poem. Specifically your use of repetition makes the poem more powerful. When you repeat she waits, it just adds more emotion. The more emotion makes it easier for people to fully connect to the poem.
      This poem i feel like is relatable to a lot of people. I personally relate to it, because I yearn to go back to my family in China. Im waiting for the day I go back to be reunited. This poem just bring back multiple memories of going back to China. This poem isn’t just relatable to me, but I for other people. Especially, people who have family in other countries.
      Your writing is brilliant. I hope to see more of your work. I love that you go back to your culture and really represent.

      Your fellow student,
      Jillian Wood

    • Dear Wendy:
      I am impressed by your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because it is a very beautiful and calming poem. One line that stands out for me is, “She waits for the day and is getting tired She waits for the day and isn’t getting inspired ” I think this line is intriguing because as you end with a rhyme the poem ends at a happy tone making me wonder what could happen next. Another line that stands out for me is, “To breathe in the unique scent of the day” I think this line is interesting because as when I read it I can almost hear the Inhale and exhale and it makes your feel very relaxed and calm. Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once read. It talking about a game that they were played and strategizing to win, Your poem is also like a battle to find a relaxing soothing place and you do it in a calm manner. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Maybe it’s something like this poem or maybe the exact opposite i’m sure it’ll be just as good as this.

    • Dear Wendy:
      I am touched with your poem,”A Poem of Mexico” because its a very unique and lovely poem. I really enjoyed reading your poem I think your repetition of “she waits for the day” in the last stanza made it powerful. It makes it more interesting and easy for people to understand and want to read more like how I did. Two lines that stand out to me is in lines 3&4 of the first stanza “She wants to stay To breath in the unique scent of day”. These line o so well together and enjoyable because of the rhyme and this makes it way more stand out to me because I really like when poems rhyme but not every line like your poem. this poem relates to me because there used to be long period of time that I don’t go back to the Dominican Republic and i will get stuck in the city just like that girl in the poem. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next because i know that many people will find your past and upcoming pieces relatable to anyone someway somehow.

    • Dear Wendy,
      I am touched with your poem, “A Poem of Mexico,” because I am also Mexican and i could relate with the struggles of not being able to see our families everyday.
      One stanza that stands out for me is, “She waits for the day when she’ll go back She waits for the day where she’ll see her family again She waits for the day and is getting tired She waits for the day and isn’t getting inspired ” I think these lines are fascinating because i’ve never been to Mexico and reading this made me wanna go even more and i can’t wait to go now.
      Another line that stands out for me is, “She finds herself getting closer to her family” I think this line is interesting because it’s always a good feeling when your whole family can go out all together and have fun without all the yelling and arguing.
      Your poem reminds me of a poem that I once wrote about a soccer field. This reminds me of my poem because one you mentioned a soccer field and two it was because me and my family are always there and when I can’t go I feel upset and I miss it because I always have fun with my family and i sometimes even get to know more family that i didn’t know I had(we mexican’s have a lot of cousins we don’t even know about)
      Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

  • Dear Lining,
    Your point of view about your neighborhood is very admiring. It seems like you really enjoy being in your neighborhood and it seems like you’re in love with it. I also like that you described your neighborhood in a very creative way. You used a bird and a cloud which is a fantastic choice. Thank you and I hope I get to hear more of your work.

  • Dear Jovana
    While I was reading your bio, I realized that you share some similarities with me. One example of that is when you mentioned your interest in musical instruments. I am also interested in music but in specific the guitar. I learned how to play the piano and the piano is one of the best instruments. Another thing we both have in common…[Read more]

  • Dear Jillian,
    I really liked the way you described yourself and the way you showed that you are very confident. I also like the way you chose to describe yourself in third person instead of just saying me myself and I. I admire that u seem to know everything about yourself and that you are very honest about ur characteristics. You seem very…[Read more]

  • One place I love is Mexico. Mexico is my home country and where my parents are from. I feel like this place is better than New York in many ways. Its quietness is very satisfying and I

    • I love the pictures, Wendy, very nice, really shows your love for Mexico, keep up the good work, can’t wait for your next post!

    • I agree with Kalina your pictures are so beautiful. I remember going to Puebla only when i was younger, I haven’t visited in quite a long time. About 2 years ago i went to Mexico City and then Michoacán. You visit such beautiful and historic places, and get to learn more about your culture.

    • Dear Wendy:

      I am so touched by your story about the places you love, “Pictures of Mexico” because you just shared what are the parts of Mexico that means the most to you and how it has taught you and helped you so far in your life. Also how you talk about your culture and Represent how you are Mexico in some type of way.

      One part of your story that stands out for me is where “Over there you won’t see the roads you see in New York but in their place there is a sand/dirt covered street. “Over there you don’t get judged by the amount of money you owe but you get judged by how much effort you put in and how much you care about your family”. I think this is delightful because you compared how New York, well I mean the united states is so different

      Another part that stood out to me is where I peeped through the writing that you really meant every word you said.This stood out for me because you poured your soul out in this.

      Your story reminds me of when I was eleven I went DR and I loved how different it was from the city. One time when I was in Dr I went to the River in Santiago and it was so fun, i went with family and friends.

      Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next, because I really liked how you expressed yourself and should that even tho Mexico is in a bad places because of Trump’s wall and stuff you still go passed that and wrote what you loved about Mexico.

  • There are a few things about me and one of them is that my name is Wendy Rivera and it doesn’t mean anything special. I was born on December 9th, inside a hospital. I am currently living in New York. I h

    • Dear Wendy
      I am impressed with your BIO, “Who’s Wendy Rivera” because I loved the determination and confidence you displayed in it.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ am a person who will push myself even more no matter how hard it can get.” I think this is great because it shows how determined you are to overcome any challenges that come your way.
      Another sentence that I liked was: “One claim that I strongly disagree with was if I wasn’t going to make it out of college. I strongly disagree with this because I know that I will make it out of college. I am confident that I will make it all the way.” This stood out for me because not many people have this strong of a belief that they will make something happen, these lines really showed off your confidence and willpower, which are both very hard things to have.
      I relate to how you feel strongly about education, and agree with your view on it.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is very upbeat and interesting, and I enjoy reading about your point of view on topics.

  • Dear Stephen,
    I am amazed by your poem because it describes a regular day for teens. One way is when you described how most teens feel when we go to school. I like the way you described this process with a lot of detail and i look forward to reading more of your poems.

  • Dear, Meggy
    I am feeling understanding about your poem because sometimes I do feel like this. This poem explains how some people are feeling lost but they are still beautiful. Some people feel this way and your poem explains how they should think of the bright side and not give up. I really liked your poem and it is really inspiring to me.

  • Wendy wrote a new post, Where? 6 months, 1 week ago

    If I said I’m from New York in a Mexican townWhere I’ve lived all my life and people pass by everydayWould you know where I’m from?Where I’m from the sky rings with heatAnd the field screams soccerWhere there a

  • Everyday you live  While life goes on also,The future does too Your decisions and   Goals aren’t predicted   It brings good and bad   Who stays and who goes?  It doesn’t decide but  It’s a mystery  A mystery

    • Dear wendy

      I am impressed with your publication that I put as a phrase that my name is the attention is

      I am impressed with your publication that I put as a phrase that my name is the attention is You could see yourself In the future but,
      You can not predict it But the future
      does not
      Create itself, you
      Create your future

      Thanks for your writing. look forward what you write next because this post was nice and i hope your poss another one.

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