19 Sep

A. Poem

Funny? ...Not so much

By Jessica Richard

It’s funny how hello
is always accompanied by good bye

It’s funny how good memories
can start to make you cry

It’s funny how forever
never seems to last

It’s funny how much you’d lose
if you forgot about your past

It’s funny how good friends
can just leave you when your down

It’s funny how when you need someone
they’re nowhere to be found

It’s funny how people change
to make themselfs seem better

It’s funny how many lies
are packed into one love letter

It’s funny how people can forgive
but they can never really forget

It’s funny how one night
can be filled with so many regrets

It’ s funny how ironic
lifes turns out to be

It’s funny how none of these things
seem really funny to me

Source: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/funny-but-not/comments.asp

Rhetorical Devices:


+“hello is always accompanied by goodbye” => meeting and separation are always along together.

+ “good friends can just leave you when your down”=> a person, who is thought to be the good friend of yours, leave you when you have difficulties and need help.

+“many lies are packed into one love letter” => life is full of lies, even in the love.

Rhyme:          never seems to last, forgot about your past

when your down, nowhere to be found

seem better, love letter

can never really forget, with so many regrets

Pun/ repetition/ alliteration: It’s funny how…”

Moral lesson:

There are many things in life we take for granted and believe in them. In fact, these things never happen or occur differently. The author describes these paradoxes by a funny voice, however, at last we find that, it is not funny at all.

B: Cartoon

Back to school

Source:      Daryn Cagel, Back to school, 16/09/2007, http://www.cagle.com/news/School2010/main.asp

Rhetorical Devices: Metaphor and irony

Explanation and Message: This is a cartoon illustrating a pupil was reading her paper about the summer break, and the content of the paper showed the real situation of every family inAmerica. As the result of financial crisis in USA 2007, not onlyAmerica society but also the world is suffering from the unemployment.

C: Story

The House of 1000 Mirrors
Japanese Folktale

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?

Source: Fion Lim, 2005, The House of 1000 Mirrors,


Rhetorical Devices:

Metaphor, Repetition, Overstatement, Rhetorical question.

Message:  A very inexpensive but at the same time priceless thing that we all possess is a smile. When you smile with somebody, he will smile with you but if you do not, so does he. Therefore, just smile to see other’s smiles!


2 Responses to “Entry1_NguyenAnhNgoc”

  1. tranthiphuongthao September 22, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I find your story fascinating and meaningful, but your analysis is not really adequate and convincing: you just list some rhetorical devices without pointing them out, and the message is limited. You should state clearly what and where the rhetorical device is; for example, the metaphor is the image of the happy dog, the unfriendly dog, and the mirrors: the happy dog – nice people who treat the others well, the unfriendly dog – nasty people who make the others feel bad, the mirrors – the manner how other people react a person’s behavior. Furthermore, I think the message is not just a person should smile at others to get back a smile; it should be generalized that people should behave and treat others well, and they will be treated well as a return.

  2. duongthithuhuong September 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I partly agree with the rhetorical devices used in item 1, I think the main rhetorical device is irony, because what the author said are not “funny”. For example, a good friend will never leave you when you down.
    I think that the item 3 uses metaphor and repetition, but not overstatement and rhetorical question. A small, happy little dog symbolize for optimistic people and another little dog symbolize for pessimistic people.

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