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cocooooo | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 10, 2011 at 2:54 AM via web

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What is the meaning of the repeated words in the poem "When Words Don't Fit"?

When Words Don’t Fit – A Multiple Meaning Words Poem

I have such a fit

When these words don’t fit!

Like when all through the spring

All the deer jump and spring,

And the lions feel they might

Want to show their strength and might,

When the monkeys swing

From a vine like a swing,

And the roar of the bear

Is too loud for me to bear,

And I can’t try to pet

One, since it’s not a pet!

I’m not trying to be mean,

But what do these words mean?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:08 AM (Answer #1)

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What a fun poem - it's new to me, and I thank you for introducing me to it.

"Fit" means a tantrum, a period of being upset, the first time it is used; the second time it refers to words that don't follow a pattern. "Spring" first refers to a season of the year, then is used as a verb to describe the deer bouncing about. "Might" indicates that perhaps the lions will want to show their strength and power. "Swing" is first a verb for monkeys hanging and swaying from a vine that acts like the playground piece of equipment children ride to go back and forth. "Bear" is first a large animal, then something that cannot be tolerated. "Pet" is the verb meaning to stroke something with your hand, then a general name for a domesticated animal. "Mean" first is used to say the speaker does not want to be unkind, then asks for the definitions of these words!

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