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To Kill a Mockingbird Found Poem

July 13, 2009
By RachelEliza PLATINUM, Virginia Beach, Virginia
RachelEliza PLATINUM, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when theyre right, and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together -Marilyn Monroe

This is a truth
that applies to the human race,
yet to no particular race of men:
You never really understand a person,
until you consider things from his point of view,
climb inside of his skin,
and walk around in it.
One thing that doesn't abide,
by majority rule;
a person's conscience.
It was times like these
you rarely win,
only children weep,
the dead bury the dead,
one does not love breathing,
and there’s just one kind of folks:
I don't pretend to understand,
Why reasonable people,
go stark raving mad,
simply because they're still human;
that the one place,
where a man ought to get a square deal,
is in a courtroom,
be he any color of the rainbow.
It was times like these,
food comes with death,
flowers with sickness,
and little things in between;
two soap dolls,
a broken watch and chain,
a pair of good-luck pennies,
and our lives.
It made me sad.
Yet delete the adjectives,
and I'd have the facts;
it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

The author's comments:
This poem is called a found poem. Its when you take phrases from an article or a book and put them together to create a poem. Mine is for "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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This article has 92 comments.

leafy said...
on Dec. 16 2011 at 7:17 pm
leafy, City, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Gil: I would like you to read my novel and get your opinion. 
Ernest Hemingway: I hate it. 
Gil: You haven't even read it yet. 
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it. If it's good, then I'll be envious and hate it even more. You don't want the opinion of another writer. 

I just finished reading the book, so it was cool reading this and recognizing the quotes :). And while the idea for this poem was cool, it could've been structured better. The flow was very, well, not flowy, and it just seemed like you were just stringing quotes from TKAM together. Also, please don't be offended by this post, because some people have before when I've given them my actually opinion. Honestly, I'm just trying to help by giving feedback other than "Wow, great poem!" like a lot of TIers tend to do...

daniskate416 said...
on Dec. 16 2011 at 3:25 pm

This is GREAT! I adore To Kill a Mockingbird and I really enjoy writing found poems.

You really captured the novel's message well :)

on Dec. 16 2011 at 10:28 am
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
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I just started reading this book. This Poem thing is really cool. I never herd about this before.

on Nov. 4 2011 at 3:05 pm

what is the main idea of this poem 

RACISM,about the trail(etc..)

on Nov. 2 2011 at 6:31 pm
aurorairis SILVER, Darien, Connecticut
6 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Great poem! It really captures the essence of the book! One of the best books ever! Keep up the good work!

Please check out some of my poems...

on Nov. 2 2011 at 11:44 am
subliminal96 GOLD, Kent, Ohio
10 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have no nation to fight for... my country is the earth and I am a citizen of the world."

Beautiful, love the book and this poem

on Nov. 2 2011 at 6:58 am
hobo12321 PLATINUM, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 articles 11 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
none, there's too many, although the one about the grapefruit is good. Any by Douglas Adams


on Oct. 12 2011 at 5:17 pm
That was great! I've read that book and absolutely love it, & this is just an absolutely brilliant poem! Keep writing...or finding :) <3

on Oct. 12 2011 at 4:03 pm
CarrieAnne11 GOLD, Potsdam, New York
11 articles 0 photos 22 comments
This is amazing. Good job!! I love it!!

on Oct. 12 2011 at 2:42 pm
Godschild BRONZE, Duluth, Georgia
2 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love." Romans 8:38

Just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and its one of my favorite books ever. This poem is definetely getting printed and pasted into my journal! its one of those satisfying poems that makes you feel like you just ate a really good chocolate bar. love it!

Kiara12 said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 10:15 am
Kiara12, San Ramon, California
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I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it. Your poem is great; it really captures the book's essence, and little details. it's fantatic!

on Oct. 12 2011 at 7:35 am
Jrpete98 BRONZE, Westwood, Kansas
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
#1- "A teacer effects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Adams
#2- "I never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

Wow, that is an amazing poem! It really states what the book is about. I love it.

Steph0804 GOLD said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 7:13 am
Steph0804 GOLD, Seoul, Other
12 articles 4 photos 206 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog: you understand it better, but the frog dies in the process." -E.B. White

I absolutely love this book... I love how you took a bunch of phrases and wove them together into a beautiful poem!

on Oct. 11 2011 at 7:02 pm
JessDeibert BRONZE, Klingerstown, Pennsylvania
4 articles 41 photos 17 comments
oh my gosh!!!! this poem is AWESOME!! TKAM is my favoriteee book ever!!!  (i even have the shirt!).  good job! :)

Eazy11221222 said...
on Oct. 11 2011 at 4:37 pm
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Favorite Quote:
If nothing goes right, go left.

i read this book and it really reflects it well, while being creative and insightfull.  its an amazing piece!

B. said...
on Oct. 11 2011 at 3:06 pm
Awesome poem! Beautiful job! I love this book and the quote about walking around inside a person's skin is one of my favorite quotes so I'm glad you used it. And the last line is a great ending!

Destiny said...
on Oct. 11 2011 at 11:29 am
How can you be so creative with your writing does it come freely and easily?

on Aug. 28 2011 at 6:02 pm
Anonymous_7 SILVER, Branson, Missouri
6 articles 0 photos 118 comments

Favorite Quote:
-The only time you can get away with murder is when writing a book!

This is great! IT must have taken forever. Please check out my poem and rate it!


on Aug. 28 2011 at 10:59 am
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
37 articles 2 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore

See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

I've read the book, and I did a HUGE project on it. Trust me, these quotes were scattered throughout the book. She did an amazing job!

on Aug. 28 2011 at 9:56 am
firelord SILVER, Queensbury, New York
8 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference." -Robert Frost

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books, very nice job :)