Elegy for my father’s father

He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In eighty years of days.
O for the tall tower broken
Memorial is denied:
And the unchanging cairn
That pipes could set ablaze
An aaronsrod and blossom.
They stood by the graveside
From his bitter veins born
And mourned him in their fashion.
A chain of sods in a day
He could slice and build
High as the head of a man
And a flowering cherry tree
On his walking shoulder held
Under the lion sun.
When he was old and blind
He sat in a curved chair
All day by the kitchen fire.
Many nights he had seen
The stars in their drunken dancing
Through the burning-glass of his mind
And sober knew the green
Boughs of heaven folding
The winter world in their hand.
The pride of his heart was dumb.
He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In song or bridal bed.
And the naked thought fell back
To a house by the waterside
And the leaves the wind had shaken
Then for a child’s sake:
To waves all night awake
With the dark mouths of the dead.
The tongues of water spoke
And his heart was unafraid.

Now that we’ve read the poem, we are doing an obituary on the protagonist’s death

Here is mine!:


Asexual and sexual reproduction


Reproduction is one of the fundamental characteristics of all living things. Each kind of organism, has a certain way to reproduce but all of the methods are divided in sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction. In reproduction, each organism gets a set of chromosomes from their parents. Chromosomes are a set of DNA which is in contained in the nucleus, and contains a set of instructions called genes.

Asexual Reproduction

  • Just one parent
  • A cell divides and creates two new cells
  • As it is one parent, the genes keep the same, producing the new cells to look exactly the same to their parents

Example: Potato reproduction

Potatoes reproduce by using stem tubers. Some tubers grow above the surface and grow leaves, which photosynthesizes. Others, grow underground, and swelling form on them. This swellings are provided with sucrose which comes from the leaves. Then, the sucrose is converted to starch and stored, creating potatoes. This is why they are a great source of starch. Also, each plant can produce many stem tubers.

Sexual Reproduction

In sexual reproduction, the parents organisms produce sex cells called gametes, an example of this are sperm (male gamete) and eggs (female gamete). When this two gametes join and their nuclei fuse, it is called fertilisation. When this happens, a new cell is created, called zygote. The zygote divides repeatedly and ends up creating an organism which has chromosomes and genes from both parents.

Gametes are not like every cell. Gametes contain only half as many chromosomes as normal cells, so when gametes fuse, the zygote will have the normal amount of chromosomes (46)