Storyboard - Turtle Came To See Me by Margarita Engle
S - Structure
M - Meaning
Analysis by Rulin Huang
I - Imaginary
The five stanza "Turtle Came to See Me" free verse poem tells a little girl in her kindergarden glass told that her crayon drawing of trees weren't realististic. The narrator reflects back on this moment after she has grown older, and pointing out that the teachers could be wrong. This poem does not have particular rhyming patterns, as the poem is expressed in a free, open tone.
L - Language
REAL TREES DON'TLOOK LIKE THAT!
This poem shows how we spend large amount of our childhood being forced into limited imaginary spaces, and that people are taking away creativity from children. The drawing with dancing trees symbolized creativity.
E - Effect
The author includes personification in the poem, for example: “dancing trees tossed by the island wind” and “two yellow wings fluttering on the proud shoulders of my ruffled Cuban rumba dancer’s fancy dress.” These lines creates a picture of swaying and dancing trees in the wind, and the fluttering on the proud shoulder on the dress shows pride for ones culture.
In the poem, the phrase "REAL TREES DON'T LOOK LIKE THAT!" is one of the most obvious phrase that the author uses to emphasize her point of view and the moral of the story. This phrase makes the poem feel