Comment 6 of 6, added on December 29th, 2011 at 5:24 AM.
must look at this for less online
from United States
Comment 5 of 6, added on June 5th, 2011 at 4:54 PM.
Heeeeeeeyyyyyy I found this while taking the SAT Subject Tests as well . .
. & after time was called scrawled down a line of the poem on my Admission
Ticket so that I could Google it once I got home! I am amazed to see that I
am not the only one whom the poem touched.
Naomi Fields from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on June 4th, 2011 at 5:21 PM.
haha I found this during the SAT II also!
Gina from United States
Comment 3 of 6, added on June 4th, 2011 at 2:47 PM.
Haha I also saw this poem while taking the SAT and I immediately had to
write down the title so I could go home and look it up online. Something
about how Pastan flawlessly connects all her ideas struck me, and this has
definitely become one of my favorite poems!
Becca from United States
Comment 2 of 6, added on June 4th, 2009 at 6:55 AM.
That is the funniest thing!! I also found this poem while taking a
standardized test (the SAT II.) Though it was timed and I was mainly
focused on answering the questions, I still took some time to read this
poem over again before finishing. Something about it made an impression on
me. Kind of funny that I went into the test expecting it to be strictly
work, and ended up actually enjoying myself a bit. Great poem.
Maggie Moonbeam from United States
Comment 1 of 6, added on December 3rd, 2007 at 1:26 AM.
I came across this poem, curiously enough, while taking a standardized
test. I had a limited amount of time to answer 60 questions on numerous
literary passages. And while I of course very much enjoy literature and
analyzing it as well, I was frustrated that I had to merely glance over the
passages or skim them at the most in order to have time to answer all the
questions sufficiently. But when I came to Pastan's Prosody 101, I was
compelled to slow my urgent pace of test-taking because her words demanded
more than a quick overview to get the just the main points. Pastan is
quite right in recognizing that poetry is life and life is poetry. We
write poetry because of our need to understand and explore our experiences.
We read poetry for the need to reflect and place in perspective life.
Poetry is then, with words, an incarnation of everything it means to be
Melissa Goodman from United States