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What Cookies, Hand Soap, and Spiderman: Homecoming Have in Common

Poetry encompasses so many complex works of art.  Throughout the years many poets have come and gone, leaving us with thousands to millions of well-known poems.  How can one possibly sort through them all and decidedly choose the best ones? I, after many painfully long hours, have chosen three poems that have the best word choices, most rhythm, and greatest creativity. 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients by King Arthur Flour:

  •   1 cup (227g) butter
  •   1 cup (213g) brown sugar, firmly packed
  •   1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar
  •   2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
  •   1 teaspoon salt
  •   2 large eggs
  •   2 1/3 cups (361g) Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  •   2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  •   1 teaspoon baking powder
  •   1 teaspoon baking soda
  •   2 cups (340g) chocolate chips
  •   1 1/2 cups (213g) chopped nuts, optional

         Not only is this a beautiful poem, but it also helps us create something almost as amazing.  This is such an inspiring piece. For instance, notice the use of parentheses. They are not commonly found in poetry, but this author decided to go against the current, and now look at what they created.  The parentheses almost work like commas; they cause the reader to pause, read what is inside of the marks, and then continue. Every good writer knows that using a variety of synonyms, interesting word choices, and adjectives is extremely important in creating a dynamic piece.  The author of this ingredients list could have kept to the basics. But no, they specified granulated sugar, rather than leaving the reader wondering what kind of sugar to use. This poet also specified gluten-free vanilla extract.  But their best stanza, by far, is, “2 1/3 cups (361g) Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour.”  They could have shortened their poem and left their readers hungry (no pun intended) for more details.  But instead the author elaborated, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour.  And each word is capitalized to add even more impact.  Such a wondrous work of art.

 

Antibacterial Hand Soap’s Inactive Ingredients by Softsoap®:

Water, cetrimonium, chloride, glycerin, lauramidopropylamine oxide, cocamide MEA, sodium chloride, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, citric acid, fragrance, tetrasodium EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, zingiber officinalis (ginger root) oil, FD&C yellow No. 5, FD&C blue No. 1

         I know what you’re thinking…another ingredients list?  Well, unfortunately you can’t put the product of this one in your mouth.  And I absolutely had to put this one on my top three list. After all, this poem is so well done that these bottles of hand soap are selling out everywhere in America!  If I ever become an entrepreneur, I want this poet to write any information my buyers need on the back of my product! And if you were thinking the author of the last poem I talked about had excellent word choice, just take a look at this one.  I doubt you’ve ever heard the words zingiber officinalis used in the place of ginger root before! The author is so eloquent, in fact, that he made sure to write the definitions down for us to save us the trouble of pausing and looking these words up, and therefore ruining the cadence of this poem.  Because of these fascinating word choices, as the readers we can really play with the rhythm. You can read it fast or slow and you can even sing it to the beat of “Baby Shark!” The poet here used a lot of interesting choices. He used commas, dashes, and parenthesis. He also used words, acronyms, and numbers.  Quite a creative person!

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Special Features by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios:

  • 10 Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Cast Gag Reel
  • The Spidey Study Guide: A Pop-Up Factoid Track
  • Unseen Alternate Captain America PSAs
  • Aftermath: Filmmakers Bridge the Gap from the Battle of New York
  • A Tangled Web: Spider-Man’s integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • AND MORE!!

         This poet, whoever may have written this, is a genius.  He/she is going to make history. This is a never before seen style of rhythm and poetry.  Starting at the last word of the third line, it is almost an ABAB style: “Track” and “York”, “PSAs” and “Universe.”  Like a lot of poems, there aren’t many points of punctuation except for the end.  Every word in this poem is clearly important to the author, because he capitalized almost every word.  He also used bullet points to further punctuate his ideas and stanzas. He is short and to the point in each line, but yet we can still sense the author’s enthusiasm for the topics he is writing on.  His simple phrasing and clear ideas cause the readers to desire to continue reading until the end. This, ladies and gentlemen, is pure ingenuity.

         Poetry is all around you, even if you never noticed before.  Most of these poets have remained, unfortunately, anonymous. But hopefully their poems have inspired you to write your own poetry and appreciate small details such as parentheses and extreme word choices. 

 

Works cited:

“Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.” King Arthur Flour. https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/gluten-free-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe

 

Images:

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6 Comments

  1. wow, cooool I’m gonna try this!

  2. Hahaha, this is great, Emma!!!

  3. I tried singing #2 to the beat of baby shark but it isn’t working very welll…… Nice comparison though! i would never have thought about these items being related through poetry.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree. Chocolate chip cookies are poetry at its best!

  5. CHOCOLATE CHIPPPPPPSSSS! *heart eyes*