Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It
false apology poems
Children's poetry, American
Humorous poetry, American
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Unrepentant narrators from familiar stories and rhymes insincerely regret their deeds in this hilarious offering.
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Do you know that old William Carlos Williams poem about the plums in the icebox? The one that calls itself “This is Just to Say”? When you think about that poem, I mean really think about it, it’s just the most self-satisfied little number you ever did see. Williams is clearly not sorry, though he included the words “forgive me” in there. With that as her inspiration, Gail Carson Levine has penned forty-five or so false apology poems modeled on Williams’. The rules are simple. “The first stanza states the horrible offense. The second stanza describes the effect of the offense. The last stanza begins with ‘Forgive me’ and continues with the false apology, because the writer is not sorry at all.” Mixing together fairy tales and silly situations, Levine’s poems span the gamut, from the cow in Jack and the Beanstalk taking issue with her monetary worth to a girl’s pets asking pseudo-forgiveness for enjoying her diary’s contents. Saying sorry without meaning it has never been this charming.
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Puppet Interviews Gail Carson Levine
While on a book tour supporting the publication of her newest book "A Tale of Two Castles" Gail Carson Levine took a few minutes to speak with City Library Spokespuppet Earl. Gail chats about how she writes her books and even gives tips on how kids can become writers!
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