Today I want to go on a quest,
to a future that may lose you rest,
We will make jumps in time
all the while as I rhyme,
’bout the fate of our future-less nest.-symbol nest=home A nest is a symbol for a safe place, a place of nurturing and love, and somewhere you can grow as a person a learn about yourself. I chose to represent earth as the nest, to try to embody all of our deep connections with the planet. None of us could survive without earth.
It appears that the planet is warming,
All the arctical ice is transforming,-arctical- poetic liciense
As the world gets hotter,
Its melting to water,
not enough into ice has been forming.
Scientists are not taking this seriously
ignoring ice that vanished mysteriously
they are building their tomb, )
and then sealing their doom, ) analogy- Their actions are
By making their measurements deliriously. metaphorically ensuring human’s eventual extinction. Also this is foreshadowing the fourth verse of the poem.
The future‘s prognosis ain’t bright,
Our day will soon turn into night,-symbolism- our day (symbolizing the
Tidewaters will flood, initial benefits of global warming, prolonged
and mix with our blood, growing season, milder weather) our night
happiness will turn into fright, (the imminent negative effects, floods, drought, hurricanes, and starvation) “mix with our blood” – idiom ( the water will not literally mix with our blood but it will cause tremendous damage and casualties within various nations)
Humanity’s end; it draws nigh
From the gunk we’ve put in the sky
The earth is a war zone
We reap what we have sewn-idiom- We have not actually “sewn”
Extinction, it’s over. Goodbye anything. It is an idiom meaning that
we have brought about our own downfall.
As humans we can change our fate,
At present it isn’t too late,
We can alter our ways,
and on one of these days,
our planet could once more be great.
Global warming is a 6 verse limerick that explains the consequences of global warming. As the poem advances, it moves through a time line that quickly ascends into the worst possible outcome of the problem depicted. Verse one establishes the poem and prepares the audience for the darkening mood of the poem. It establishes the fact that each verse moves forward in time and that the future is being depicted for them. On line 5, the word nest is used for symbolism. It represents a safe place of nurturing and maturation. It is directly representing all humans home, Earth. Nest is used specifically to show deep connections with the Earth.
Verse 2 takes place in the near future in the first step of global warming. Arctical is used to contrat the dark message of the poem and the comic elements of a limerick. It is poetic license. This verse depicts a time where the ice in the poles of the earth are melting at an alarming rate. The earth has gotten too hot to have water freeze in the poles, this is when everything is about to go down hill. This is still during happy times, the serious consequences of global warming have not started yet.
Verse 3 is the last verse of happy times. It is a few years after the majority of the ice in the South Pole and on the Greenland ice sheet has melted. The scientists of this time are doing the same thing they are doing today, ignoring what they don’t want to see. Whenever they take their measurements from this future they are purposely interpreting
the best thing that the data could possibly mean. The analogy of “building their tomb, then sealing their doom” is firstly, an analogy for bringing about their own destruction, as well as foreshadowing verse 5’s extinction.
Verse 4 is where this poem takes a turn and becomes a little darker. This verse talks about a time one or two years after Verse 3. Scientists have realized that their studies are flawed and that it is too late to change what has begun. This is the point of no return within this poem and the entire verse foreshadows an even bleaker future. “Our day will soon turn into night”. This is symbolism. Our day, being blissful ignorance of what is happening to the planet, will soon turn into hopelessness and the experience of the dire consequences of what was done to Earth. The phrase “mix with our blood”, is an idiom. It does not literally mean that blood will mix with water, it is hinting at how much devastation and loss of life that the rising water level will cause. The entire verse is designed to instill a sense of hopelessness that will prepare the audience for the final result of global warming.
Verse 5 is the darkest point in the poem. It depicts the ending of human life. It is designed to make the audience truly think about the issue of global warming. It brings into play the many wars that have broken out over farmland and fresh water. “We reap what we have sewn” is another idiom. It is once again reinforcing the fact that humans brought their own extinction upon themselves. They were destroyed by their advancements releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. This is unique in its
depressing nature as limericks are usually cheerful and light-hearted. This verse tells of the extinction of man kind.
Verse 6 shifts the mood once again. It is designed to contrast from the increasing darkness throughout the poem. Verses 1-5 give the problem and consequences of the problem, and then verse 6 offers a solution. It restores hope to the audience and starts them thinking of what they can do to prevent the rest of the poem from coming to pass. This verse was implemented to inspire the audience and leave them with a positive impression rather than ending on the unhappy note of verse 5. The entire poem is a work made to intrigue, concern, and inspire its audience. It is definitely not the average limerick.