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ELA Middle School

Gary Soto’s Poetry

Poets use a blend of sounds and imagery to create an emotional response. For author and poet Gary Soto, sprinklers have a familiar sound and rhythm of the releasing water that remains timeless. Soto wrote a poem about a sprinkler from his childhood, exploring ways that the sound and rhythm of the device brought back memories and warm feelings from a summer when he was young. In the poem, “Ode to the Sprinkler,” he writes about the ways that sprinklers shaped his view of summer. Listen to the audio story as he recites his poem about a typical sprinkler during his childhood.


Story Length: 2:22

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National Public Radio © 2006 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 07/02/2006

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