The Microscope The Microscope

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Name the poet of ‘the Microscope’
Anton Leeuwenhoek was Dutch He sold pincushions, cloth, and such. The waiting townsfolk fumed and fussed As Anton's dry goods gathered dust. a. Name the poem and the poet. b. Who was Anton Leeuwenhoek? c. How did the townsfolk react? d. What all did he sell?
a. The poem is ‘The Microscope and the poet is Maxine Kumin. b. Anton Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch. c. The townsfolk were irked and annoyed as everything around Anton was covered with dust. d. He sold day today things such as pincushions, cloth and many such things.
2. He worked, instead of tending store, at grinding special lenses for a microscope. Some of the things he looked at were: mosquitoes' wings the hair of sheep, the legs of lice, the skin of people, dogs and mice; ox eyes, spiders' spinning gear fishes' scales, a little smear of his own blood, and best of all the unknown, busy, very small bugs that swim and bump and hop inside a simple water drop a. What did he prefer to do rather than tend to his store? b. Give the rhyme scheme of the poem? c. What all did he look at through his microscope?
3. Impossible! Most Dutchmen said. This Anton's crazy in the head We ought to ship him off to Spain He says he's seen a housefly's brain. He says the water we drink Is full of bugs. He's mad, we think They called him dumkopf, which means dope That's how we got the microscope. a. What did other people think about him? b. Why did they think so? c. What did they call him? d. Do you think people often don’t recognize a genius when they see one? Why?

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