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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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on Jan. 20 2011 at 7:21 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

Interesting...I've never read the book before, but this poem is interesting--I think I'm going to be reading it for English soon...I think I want to try a found poem! where did you hear of it?

d student said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 4:37 pm
i havent read any of this book and i have to find a poem and this seems great but i have to explain how the lyrics relate to the book....

on Dec. 7 2010 at 7:39 pm
brysmarie12 PLATINUM, Neoga, Illinois
22 articles 1 photo 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
I am the author of my own life... unfortunately I'm writing in pen and can't erase my mistakes.

This is awesome! I've read the book, and this poem is amazing!

on Dec. 7 2010 at 12:35 pm
peachy37 BRONZE, Opelousas, Louisiana
3 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The ones we love never truly leave us." --Albus Dumbledore

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." --Marcel Proust

I just read this book for my English class at school. I absolutely love this poem! :)

Runner GOLD said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 8:03 pm
Runner GOLD, Amherst, Massachusetts
15 articles 0 photos 30 comments

I'm really happy that you shared this with the community. I'm reading the book right now and loved your selection of phrases. Furthermore, i had never heard of a found poem. I would like to try it myself.



on Nov. 15 2010 at 5:12 pm
Anonymous01 PLATINUM, Baldwinsvillle, New York
29 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
-Ernest Hemingway

 had to read this book in 9th grade and i didnt really enjoy it, but this poem made from the books words was amazing! Awsome Job :DD

on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:57 pm
i think this poem describes like the book does and takes little things that jem, scout, and dill through out the book

love2run GOLD said...
on Jun. 13 2010 at 7:57 pm
love2run GOLD, Star Valley, Wyoming
12 articles 4 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I failed my way to success." Thomas Edison
"What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?" Pre
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." John Shedd

it's a found poem... which means she took a paragraph or such from the book, and then turned it into poetry.

bruce said...
on Jun. 1 2010 at 12:56 am
how this poem related to to kill a mocking bird?

Jennax3 SILVER said...
on Aug. 18 2009 at 8:09 pm
Jennax3 SILVER, Palos Verdes Estates, California
6 articles 0 photos 113 comments
I love To Kill A Mockingbird... it's one of my favorite books, with all of my favorite quotes. This is very well done!

on Jul. 28 2009 at 1:59 am
Hay_Wire PLATINUM, Independence, Missouri
42 articles 0 photos 219 comments
wow .that was really, really good. i looked and thats all your work i could find.. please post more :)

SaraB. GOLD said...
on Jul. 19 2009 at 12:09 am
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
12 articles 6 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

Love it. That is my favorite book, and I have the "majority rule" quote up on my bedroom wall. I'll have to try one of these.