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Be the Best 11th 214

It you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush, if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass-
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do
And the task we must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun, be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail-
Be the best of whatever you are!

– Douglas Malloch

 Be the Best - Figures of Speech, Important Lines and Appreciation Questions


Alliteration:
 SENTENCE
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
  b
The best little scrub by the sideof the rill
  b
Be a bush, if you can’t be a tree
  b
If you can’t be a bushbe a bitof the grass
  b
And some highway happiermake
  h
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass
  b
But the liveliest bass in the lake
  b
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew
  c
If you can’t be the sun, be a star
  s
Be the best of whatever you are
  b

Anaphora:
 SENTENCE
Be a scrub in the valley – but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush, if you can’t be a tree.
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’slesser to do
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun, be a star;

Repetition:
 SENTENCE
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do
And the task we must do is the near

 Rhyme Scheme
Rhyme Words
abab
 hill, rill; be, tree; grass, bass; make, lake;  trail, fail; star, are;
abcb
Here, near;


About Poet:

Douglas Malloch (1887-1938) was an American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. He became known as a "Lumberman's poet" both locally and nationally

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