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"So This Is Nebraska," Ted Kooser

Author: Ted Kooser

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The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust
full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

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Jacqueline Buckley (Nov 11 2020 12:49AM) : This sets a nostalgic scene of a life I never had. more

I’ve been through Nebraska, but have never lived there. Although it seems like a place where nothing happens, I can see the beauty of simple country life with nothing much around other than the road portrayed in this poem. I love it.

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 03 2021 10:47PM) : Life in a different state. more

Being in one of the most well known state makes me forget that life in other states can be very different. Not being from the countryside can make me forget how different life can be.

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 06 2021 8:45AM) : The poem has this descriptive language that gives me an idea of the setting imagery. The description reminds me of an old town. more

Imagery : Descriptive language that evokes sensory experience. Creates the color and texture of the written work. Shapes the reader’s perceptions. Stimulates ideas or vivid pictures in the reader’s mind.

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On either side, those dear old ladies,
the loosening barns, their little windows
dulled by cataracts of hay and cobwebs
hide broken tractors under their skirts.

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So this is Nebraska. A Sunday
afternoon; July. Driving along
with your hand out squeezing the air,
a meadowlark waiting on every post.

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 03 2021 10:53PM) : The quiet life. more

This gives me a thought that it can get quiet in Nebraska. It seems like a nice place to stay at to look at nature.

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Behind a shelterbelt of cedars,
top-deep in hollyhocks, pollen and bees,
a pickup kicks its fenders off
and settles back to read the clouds.

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Jacqueline Buckley (Nov 11 2020 12:51AM) : Scene Description more

This is exactly how I image a country setting in Nebraska. This is beautifully said. The contrast of nature and man-made devices in one stanza it interesting too.

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(Nov 11 2020 5:45PM) : It's kind of amazing, actually, how much meaning he packs into each word: shelterbelt, top-deep, pollen and bees... and all of that sets up a powerful personification of the pickup as it kicks, settles back, and reads.
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You feel like that; you feel like letting
your tires go flat, like letting the mice
build a nest in your muffler, like being
no more than a truck in the weeds,

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 05 2021 10:22PM) : The tone of this paragraph gives a relaxed environment. There is something about Nebraska that can make people feel relaxed. [Edited] more

Tone: The text’s attitude toward an event or situation- confessional, solemn, playful, urgent, relaxed, ironic, eulogy.

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clucking with chickens or sticky with honey
or holding a skinny old man in your lap
while he watches the road, waiting
for someone to wave to. You feel like

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Jacqueline Buckley (Nov 11 2020 1:05AM) : Love for Nebraska more

You can sense the author’s love for this place as he describes it you feel the nostalgia, even if you have never lived there. It just feels like home.

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student kailyn munoz (Feb 03 2021 7:32PM) : You can tell he likes Nebraska and knows a lot about it by the way he speaks about it
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waving. You feel like stopping the car
and dancing around on the road. You wave
instead and leave your hand out gliding
larklike over the wheat, over the houses.

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Jacqueline Buckley (Nov 11 2020 12:53AM) : A country drive in Nebraska. more

Now I feel like taking a trip to Nebraska and just driving around the countryside in the summer with the windows down and my arm out the window.

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 05 2021 10:53PM) : The poem having period at the ending sticks out to me. Usually there isn't much punctuation in poems. It is also interesting how it ends with it. more

End-Stopped : When a line ends with a complete phrase, or with punctuation (a dash, or closing parenthesis, colon, semicolon, question mark, or period). The opposite of ’enjambed". Can create a sense of order

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Ted Kooser, “So This Is Nebraska” from Sure Signs. Copyright © 1980 by Ted Kooser. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, www.upress.pitt.edu. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

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Source: Sure Signs (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980)

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DMU Timestamp: May 31, 2018 00:33

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Arath Ocampo (Aug 07 2019 10:52PM) : Now I really want to go to Nebraska. more

This is a really wonderful form to talk about your land, and a good form to let the feelings talk about it.

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cristin tolentino (Apr 25 2020 8:12AM) : seem fun to go to nebraska.
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LaNae Phillips (Nov 16 2019 6:48PM) : Anthropomorphism Poem more

Giving human traits to the inanimate objects was fun to read. I grew up in NE and consider it my home. Likening the old barn to old ladies was genius! I enjoyed them all and took me back to my youth :-)

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HEATHER FLORES-MEJIA (Feb 03 2021 10:58PM) : The Nebraska life more

With the descriptive language used in the poem it seem that Nebraska is a amazing place to stay at when you need a break from a huge populated city. Nebraska sounds like the ideal countryside trip.

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