The Great Ugly Spider

The Great Ugly Spider :

OH, look at that great ugly spider P said Ann ;
And screaming, she brush ‘d it away with her fan ;
“ Tis a frightful black creature as ever can be,
I wish that it would not come crawling on me. “
“Indeed," said her mother, “I will venture to say,
The poor thing will try to keep out of your way ;
For after the fright, and the fall, and the pain, ’
It has much more occasion than you to complain.
“But why should you dread the poor insect, my dear?
If it hurt you, there ‘d be some excuse for your fear ;
But its little black legs, as it hurried away,
Did but tickle your arm, as they went, I dare say.
“For them to fear us we must grant to be just,
Who in less than a moment can tread them to dust;
But certainly we have no cause for alarm ;
For, were they to try, they could do us no harm.
“Now look! it has got to its home; do you see
What a delicate web it has spun in the tree?
Why here, my dear Ann, is a lesson for you :
Come learn from this spider what patience can do !
“And when at your business you ‘re tempted to play,
Recollect what you see in this insect to-day,
Or else, to your shame, it may seem to be true,
That a poor little spider is wiser than you,"


The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.

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