Brilliant articulation of thought well brought forth in elegant diction with spiritual insight. Lovely poem nicely penned with conviction. Thanks for sharing Tom. The 1st, 3rd and 5th stanzas are/could be the assumptions one makes when ‘ deciding’ not to attend, worded in a flippant way. It certainly rings with a negative . Tom Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything?” FAQs. How did the poem come to be written ? This poem arose because this question that students ask is really quite an.

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Audience The teacher is talking to the student that asked “Did I miss Anything?

They are meant to be straightforward statements. And when a class is over, a teacher can’t help evaluating the pros and cons of that day’s session.

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How about make it original? Visit Tom’s Bio for more. In my poems, the only hidden meaning are the meanings we hide in language all day long. Every teacher spends hours preparing a course of instruction, thinking hard about the best way to present the material that she or he is going to impart during a certain class session.

The speaker in the second stanza thinks being in the class is important because he has conducted the heavy exams, assigned some readings and prepared a quiz. What did the students do in the absence of their teacher? Though the speaker is shifting wildly between extremes “everything” and “nothing”there is supposed to be the same amount of nasty sarcasm in each case.

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The speaker is freaking, wzyman too far; they realize what they are teaching is not anything amything important, but it is not of zero value either as the question implies Therefore, the speaker replies using sarcasm and is really mocking the question. None of the content of this course has value or meaning Take as many days off as you like: We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. In the final stanza, the teacher says that the classroom is a world full of human experiences which were assembled for him student to grab, examine and understand.


With only one word used, the poet stresses that nothing and everything was missed without mis what it was in the same sentence Form The poem has little punctuation: How does the speaker in the first stanza spend time for the full two hour? A lot of the silly clothes that university faculty wear on formal occasions–the gown and goofy hat–are descendents of clerical garb.

The students should never miss out ton classroom and the teachers should be regular. The stanzas in the poem are responses Wayman wanted to say to the students who asked if they missed anything. About Me Rajman Notes.

Do you think your poem has a good effect on students? Hi there, would you like to get such a paper?

One college teacher friend of mine who used it on a course outline had a student come up to the front after the class in which the outline was handed out. Who composed this poem? The first universities were religious institutions to train clergy and religious scholars–an offshoot of the kinds of activities that went on at medieval monasteries: It is a kind of sarcastic answer.

But the indented stanzas are meant to emphasize how the speaker is bouncing back and forth in his or her replies to the question. What does the last stanza suggests? But I use it, too, because there are strong links between learning and religion. It was believed that angels descend from the sky to impart knowledge to the clergy who afterward spread that message good news to the commoners.


Every stanza starts with one word sentence fragments. I gave an exam worth 40 percent of your grade this term and assigned some reading due today on which I am about to hand out a quiz worth 50 percent. By Rajman Notes at Tuesday, June 05, The sarcastic speaker in the poem is pretending to answer the question honestly, but is really taking the “round about” way to say that there is something wrong with the way the student phrased the question. How about receiving a customized one?

Then an absent student shows up and asks whether “anything” happened in the class. Click to learn more https: Theme What is the tone?

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My poem is a compilation of all the answers I wanted to give to students who asked the question during anytthing semester when I was teaching at a community college in a Vancouver, B. The kinds of images used repeatedly in stanzas one, two, and three are all connected with the classroom and what can be learned there. Did I Miss Anything?