J Prelutsky

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J Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky

Biography: Jack Prelutsky (born September 8, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York). He has worked as a bus boy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver. Growing up Jack always hated poetry. But now he has written many poems and children anthologies. He is married and still alive. Other than writing poetry, he enjoys photography, carpentry, and creating games, collages and "found object" sculpture. Prelutsky is the first U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (recognition for achievement in an art or science). Prelutsky’s silly poems have tickled the most stubborn funny bones, while his scarier verses have been known to raise the little hairs on the back of the neck! Now he is still working on publishing more poems and is a very accomplished poet.

"A Pizza the Size of the Sun"by Jack Preletsky I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce. I'm topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,with every last olive they had at the store. My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,my pizza will be a delectable treatthat all who love pizza are welcome to eat. The oven is hot, I believe it will takea year and a half for my pizza to bake.I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,my wonderful pizza the size of the sun.

Made By Miss Currier and Mrs. Lind-Tufte

Analysis: The poem uses an extended metaphor throughout the whole poem. It compared a pizza to the size of the sun. This particular poem doesn’t use any specific sound devices, but it does use imagery to create an image in the reader’s head. The poem makes sure that the reader knows what is on the pizza so they can picture it in their heads. The tone of the poem is happy and exciting which makes people want to read it again and again. Prelutsky’s poem has an aa bb rhyme scheme which keeps the reader entertained while reading and creates a fun rhythm.

"Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face"By Jack PrelutskyBe glad your nose is on your face,not pasted on some other place,for if it were where it is not,you might dislike your nose a lot.Imagine if your precious nosewere sandwiched in between your toes,that clearly would not be a treat,for you'd be forced to smell your feet.Your nose would be a source of dreadwere it attached atop your head,it soon would drive you to despair,forever tickled by your hair.Within your ear, your nose would bean absolute catastrophe,for when you were obliged to sneeze,your brain would rattle from the breeze.Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,remains between your eyes and chin,not pasted on some other place--be glad your nose is on your face!

Works Cited: "Biography of Jack Prelutsky | Writing with Writers | Scholastic.com." Teaching Resources, Children's Book Recommendations, and Student Activities | Scholastic.com. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/jack_meet.htm>."Jack Prelutsky." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/68>.

Analysis: Prelutsky chooses to use imagery as a poetic device. He said “imagine if your precious nose were sandwiched in between your toes.” It appeals to one of the five senses, smell, and allows the reader to make a mental picture of what it would be like if his or her nose were sandwiches in between their toes. Prelutsky also uses assonance as a sound device in this poem. He says “for you'd be forced to smell your feet.” You hear the "o" sound in the middle of each word, which creates rhythm in the poem. There are no specific examples of figurative language in this poem. The tone of the poem is pretty goofy and silly. The poem has an aa bb rhyme scheme which makes the poem flow nicely and keeps the reader entertained while reading.


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