Author Archives: Mei Ling

Turtle Dove

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: An affectionate name for someone you truly care about and would take bullets for.

Source: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Turtledove

Found in: “My Boy Willie” by Anonymous line 31 – “And in the middle a turtle dove

The word Turtle Dove means a sign of love. This helps me understand the poem better because it helps me further understand what the speaker means when she says she die of love.

Fuchsia

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: Any of a genus (Fuchsia) of ornamental shrubs of the evening-primrose family having showy nodding flowers usually in deep pinks, reds, and purples.

Source:https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuchsia

Found in: “Instructions on Not Giving Up” by Ada Limon line 1 – “More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out”

The word fuchsia means a shrub with deep pink, red, and purple showy flowers. This helps me better understand the poem because it helps explain why the author choose to compare the fuchsia funnels to not giving up.

Narcissus

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: One whose flowers have a short corona and are usually borne separately.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narcissus

Found in: “Persephone, Falling” by Rita Dove line 1 – “One narcissus among the ordinary beautiful”

The word narcissus in the poem means a yellow or white spring flower. This is help us better understand the poem because it helps me understand why the narcissus stand out among the other flowers.