Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

False Apology Poems

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Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, "This Is Just to Say," a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061787256
0061787256
9780061787263
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Characteristics: 79 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cordell, Matthew 1975-

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mmcbeth29
Dec 25, 2014

Every poem in this book is styled after a poem written by William Carlos Williams. Here is an example: "They sing the bear went over the mountain/which leads him to see other mountains/Forgive me: no one sings the ending, the landslide and the dead bear."

I was hoping for laugh out loud funny with this book and instead got mostly irreverent and mean. Most of the poems make fun of fairy tales. From Little Red Riding Hood (Grandma to Wolf) "When you arrive I will not be lying in my bed/where you hungrily hoped to find me/Forgive me: tell my granddaughter better one of us should live."

This book is advertized for ages 8-12 which is perfect since they are the age that likes this kind of irreverence the best. However, be aware of the negative content.

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missymooria
Jul 16, 2012

I love all of G.C.L.s books,but this one was terrible.I hated it.It was stupid.

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inthemeantimes
May 20, 2012

I usually love Gail's books, but, no offense, I hated this one. :(
Very disappointing.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 23, 2012

Finding a really good, really interesting, really smart book of poetry for kids of this age is tricky stuff. Poetic tastes vary considerably, so it’s best to start with a book with a hook. And by hook or by crook, Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It is basically the answer to my prayers I’ve been seeking all these long and lonely years. It has everything. Humor, engaging illustrations, a clever premise, potential (and very fun) applications, and a passive aggressive streak that’s nearly a mile long.

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mmcbeth29
Dec 25, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 23, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 23, 2012

Do you know that old William Carlos Williams poem about the plums in the icebox? The one that calls itself “This is Just to Say”? When you think about that poem, I mean really think about it, it’s just the most self-satisfied little number you ever did see. Williams is clearly not sorry, though he included the words “forgive me” in there. With that as her inspiration, Gail Carson Levine has penned forty-five or so false apology poems modeled on Williams’. The rules are simple. “The first stanza states the horrible offense. The second stanza describes the effect of the offense. The last stanza begins with ‘Forgive me’ and continues with the false apology, because the writer is not sorry at all.” Mixing together fairy tales and silly situations, Levine’s poems span the gamut, from the cow in Jack and the Beanstalk taking issue with her monetary worth to a girl’s pets asking pseudo-forgiveness for enjoying her diary’s contents. Saying sorry without meaning it has never been this charming.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 23, 2012

“Forgive me / I’m making myself ugly / and leaving / with the witch.” - Snow White to the hygenically challenged dwarfs.

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