This poem is about the weather in Dongguan City. Because it is very hot there, every afternoon in the summer there were big thunder storms.
This poem is written in what is called alliteration. That means that the same sounds are repeated. The cumulously clouds climb up…you can hear the ‘c’ sound. To towering towers high, you can hear the ‘t’ sound. This is very good practice for pronunciation.
It is not a long poem so you can practice it often.
angst anxiety, worry
cumulous big high thunderstorm clouds
whining the sound strong wind makes
terrify be very frightened
gust sudden strong wind
nigh soon, will soon be here
surrounds all around
e’re in poetry means’ before’
The humid air is damp and wet
El ec tri cal ly charged
The people lift their heads in angst
There is a storm at large.
The cum u lous ly clouds climb up
To tow’ring towers high
The blue turns to the blackest black
A dirty darkened sky.
The whining windy wind winds up
The lofty leaves blow by
The gusting gusts they flick and tear
Enough to terrify.
The lightning lights my lifted face
It makes me close my eye
The flashing flash is blinding me
I know the thunder’s nigh.
The thund’rous thunder thunders loud
The noisy noise surrounds
The very air vibrates and shakes
The rumbling then dies down.
And then the dirty darkened clouds
Release the raindrops high
They splatter splish and splosh around
Upon the grass they cry.
Again the light – again the crash!
The stormy storm storms on
And then I see a slit of blue
The sun will shine e’re long.
I clearly see creations force
The majesty, the power,
I promise you it will be back
Tomorrow, ‘bout this hour.
Questions for review.
- What city is his poem about?
- What is alliteration?
- Underline some of the words with the same sounds, ‘c’ or ‘t’.
- What season is this poem talking about?
- Describe a thunder storm.
- What do cumulous clouds look like?
- How does this poem describe rain drops?
- How is a rain drop made? Do some research.
- What time of the day does this storm come?
- How often do these storms happen in summer in Dongguan?
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