Frankenstein writing assignment Mrs. Kelsey English 12CP
Abuelito who throws coins like rain
and asks who loves him
who is dough and feathers
who is a watch and glass of water
whose hair is made of fur
is too sad to come downstairs today
who tells me in Spanish you are my diamond
who tells me in English you are my sky
whose little eyes are string
can't come out to play
sleeps in his little room all night and day
who used to laugh like the letter k
is a doorknob tied to a sour stick
is tired, shut the door
doesn't live here anymore
is hiding underneath the bed
who talks to me inside my head
is blankets and spoons and big brown shoes
who snores up and down up and down up and down again
is the rain on the roof that falls like coins
asking who loves him
who loves him who?
In this poem, Sandra Cisneros uses similes, metaphors, and symbols to capture the character of a grandfather, who changes from a man “who throws coins like rain and asks who loves him” to one who “is sick” and “is the rain on the roof that falls like coins / asking who loves him / who loves him who?”
1. Write a poem modeled on “Abuelito Who” about one of the major characters from Frankenstein. Think about objects and images associated with this character that you might include. Your poem will be exactly 23 lines long and will follow the pattern of the original work, including the title. Be sure that your poem conveys the character’s most essential traits and reflects any growth or change that he or she experiences.
2. Write a first draft on your own paper, using the template on the back of this sheet to guide you, and also pay attention to the length of lines as well as the placement of verbs, negatives, and repeated words within the original poem. Don’t forget about the “turn.” Do not confuse “who is” with “whose”!
3. Use at least three words from the Frankabulary.
4. Review and...