Even though this poem is labeled to be an ode, it seems like the opposite. The speaker seems to have a lot of negative and resentful feelings toward group projects, but writes in a humorous tone that makes the poem lighter and easier to digest. Being stuck in a bad group for a group project is an almost universal experience that anyone can relate to. The gate I entered into this poem through would be the gate of sound, hearing the chatter of the people of the group as they get off topic or make excuses and munch on snacks. I could also very clearly feel the sense of rage boiling up in the speaker throughout the poem. I really liked it and it was very well written.
I'm loving the characterizations here. I think this poem could just start at the second stanza and push it a little further after the last. Nice work!
Like Ella, I also entered through the gate of sound. The rhyme and rhythm of this poem give it a comedic, almost sarcastic tone that I enjoyed. The ending was very interesting. You don't hear 'incessant vermin,' as an insult very often so it was original and refreshing. I'd like to hear more about the types of people in a group project, like the 'person who does all the work' stereotype, or if that is the speaker, to elaborate on it. Amazing poem! It is very relatable, but also unique in execution.
I also entered through the gate of sound. Going off what Ella said, I like that the poem is an ode and rhymes throughout but has a pretty negative tone to it. You would expect a rhyming ode to be cheery and happy. I think it adds a sense of witty/sarcastic humor to the poem. Which is really cool. I would also like to hear more about the different people in the group!! Great job.