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The lyrics to the medieval Scots ballad Get Up and Bar the Door.


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The lyrics to the medieval Scots ballad Get Up and Bar the Door.

30 review for Get Up and Bar the Door

  1. 4 out of 5

    Quinten Kempf

    Personal response Personally I thought the poem Get up and bar the Door was pretty good. The poem was fairly easy to understand and has a nice rhyme to it. The one thing I didn't like was how unrealistic it was. If someone were being robbed I doubt they would let their stubbornness get in the way of stopping the thieves. Plot summary The poem is about two lovers who get in a quarrel over who should bar the door after a gust of wind blew it open. The husband doesn't want to get up and the wife ha Personal response Personally I thought the poem Get up and bar the Door was pretty good. The poem was fairly easy to understand and has a nice rhyme to it. The one thing I didn't like was how unrealistic it was. If someone were being robbed I doubt they would let their stubbornness get in the way of stopping the thieves. Plot summary The poem is about two lovers who get in a quarrel over who should bar the door after a gust of wind blew it open. The husband doesn't want to get up and the wife has her hands full making different kinds of pudding, so they never bar up the door. Later at midnight two thieves enter the house and eat the puddings the wife just made. The husband and wife watch them, but neither of them say anything because they are both too stubborn. The two robbers notice them not doing anything, so one of the men proposes molesting the wife. The husbands shouts at them to stop, making him lose their argument, and he is forced to bar up the door. Recommendation I would recomend this poem anyone who reads poems or anyone who would like to start reading poems. I suggest this poem because often poems hard to comprehend, but this one is fairly straightforward and has no real difficult words or phrases. The only confusing part is that there is some Old English in the poem which to some people is hard to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Padriac Hickey

    Personal Response; This balad didn't quite make sense to me, but I believe I get the message that it was giving to me. Summary; The poem is taken place in a bar somewhere in the western hemisphere, probably, Ireland because of the way the words are written. In the poem it says "When our goodwife got puddings to make, And she’s boild them in the pan." I believe it is trys to give you an feeling and an image in your head that it is around the time you eat dinner and from the previous sentences, it Personal Response; This balad didn't quite make sense to me, but I believe I get the message that it was giving to me. Summary; The poem is taken place in a bar somewhere in the western hemisphere, probably, Ireland because of the way the words are written. In the poem it says "When our goodwife got puddings to make, And she’s boild them in the pan." I believe it is trys to give you an feeling and an image in your head that it is around the time you eat dinner and from the previous sentences, it says that it was a happy time. Many times the story has said the title "Get up and bar the door." when it states this, I believe it is talking about closing the bar or tavern so no one else could walk in and drink and eat more. Recommendation; I believed that something a little more "lively" like Romeo and Juliette would be more suitable, or read stories that consist of Atticus Finch.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zephren Milentz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: I don't think I'm much of a poem guy. I've read like five poems and most of them were bad. Maybe it's just not for me, they could be good poems and I just don't get into them. Characterization: There's two main characters, a man and a woman. Based upon the woman winning the “not talk as long as you can” challenge, it is probably assumed that she is stubborn. The other characters are two men who enter the house and start eating food. Plot Summary: The story starts off with a man a Personal Response: I don't think I'm much of a poem guy. I've read like five poems and most of them were bad. Maybe it's just not for me, they could be good poems and I just don't get into them. Characterization: There's two main characters, a man and a woman. Based upon the woman winning the “not talk as long as you can” challenge, it is probably assumed that she is stubborn. The other characters are two men who enter the house and start eating food. Plot Summary: The story starts off with a man and a woman fighting over who is to bar their door. They create a challenge between themselves to not talk, and whoever loses has to bar the door. Two men break into their house, and due to the couple’s silence, believe they are mentally disabled. After they start eating their food and threatening them, the silent man speaks up and tells them to leave. The woman won the challenge, and now the man has to bar the door. Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone with an English major, due to its extreme difficult to comprehend. There probably aren't going to be many people that understand this poem well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Monty

    Personal Response: I personally had trouble understanding this poem but after reading it through three different times, I started to understand it more and more. I enjoyed this poem more after I read through it and started understanding it. I enjoyed listening to their arguments. I gave this poem three out of five stars due to my lack of ability to understand. Plot Summary: There was a wife and her husband that were in their house one day. The woman was busy cleaning and her husband was just sitt Personal Response: I personally had trouble understanding this poem but after reading it through three different times, I started to understand it more and more. I enjoyed this poem more after I read through it and started understanding it. I enjoyed listening to their arguments. I gave this poem three out of five stars due to my lack of ability to understand. Plot Summary: There was a wife and her husband that were in their house one day. The woman was busy cleaning and her husband was just sitting down when all of the sudden the wind picked up greatly and the door flew open. They both argued about who should "get up and bar the door." The woman said that she was busy cleaning so she would not do it while he was just sitting around watching her clean the house all day. Therefore; the wife and the husband made a deal that whoever would speak first would need to get up and bar the door while the other one would rest. Neither of them spoke for the rest of day. At midnight, two strangers walked into their home and ate the pudding that the wife had just made and they watched in awe as neither of them could speak. However, when one of these strangers proposed that they would kiss the wife, the husband stood up and spoke regarding to them kissing His wife. Therefore, the wife had one the argument and the husband had to get up and bar the door. Characterization: I am going to characterize the woman, or wife, in this poem. In the beginning of the poem, she was very hard working and was busy cleaning the house all day long while her husband did nothing. When the door flew open she became very stubborn and would not bar the door due to her hard work all day long. This stubbornness went on throughout the day as she followed the rules of their argument which she ended up winning in the end of the poem. In the end of the poem she was also very excited that she had one the bet with her husband and almost did not acknowledge what the strangers had just said to her and her husband. This portrayed a level of selfishness but she was also portrayed as very hard working. Recommendation: I would recommend this poem to anyone that is in high school and older. The reason I say high school and older is due to the level of writing and comprehension needed to understand the poem. I gave this poem a rating of three stars so therefore I personally would not recommend this poem for anyone to read. This is not saying that the poem is not well written, but is saying that I did not personally enjoy it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Saylor Alberts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: When I read this poem I was very confused and could not make sense of what was happening. I re-read it and looked it up more on google and I then began to understand what was going on. I think that this poem is very interesting because it is about the weird arguments people have when they are at home. The only reason I rated this poem at only two stars was because I had a very hard time understanding what the setting and theme of this poem. But it is also quite humorous and I w Personal Response: When I read this poem I was very confused and could not make sense of what was happening. I re-read it and looked it up more on google and I then began to understand what was going on. I think that this poem is very interesting because it is about the weird arguments people have when they are at home. The only reason I rated this poem at only two stars was because I had a very hard time understanding what the setting and theme of this poem. But it is also quite humorous and I would suggest to take a look at it. Plot Summary: This poem is about the everyday arguments that people can have on an everyday basis. It is very relatable as probably everyone has experienced a stupid argument. During the poem, the woman is working hard and doing chores, while the man isn't doing much at all. Outside, the wind blows very hard and the door goes flying open. They then get into an argument about who will bar up the door. Both were very stubborn and they then said whoever talks first will have to go out of their way to get up, bar, and close the door. Then, two strangers come in their house at midnight thinking they are useless and can't talk. So they indulge themselves and said they were going to shave the husband and poor scalding water on him, and they said they were going to kiss the woman. The man then talked first to defend himself and his wife. The woman doesn't care that two strangers are in her home. She is just celebrating that she won the bet. Characterization: I am going to characterize the wife/woman that lives in the house. At the beginning of the poem it seems like she is the good guy and shouldn't have to do more work and bar up the door. The man seemed very lazy and I thought that he should've barred the door. But once the two strangers came in their house, the wife didn't even thank her husband for defending them. She just thought of herself and was happy that she won the hideous bet. Audience Recommendations: I would recommend this poem for any man or woman that is 13 years or older. It is very difficult to understand so many people will not enjoy this poem at all. If you enjoy being challenged and trying to figure out the setting, you will greatly enjoy this poem. If you dislike reading poems at all, then I would suggest you not reading this poem.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Lederer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: I thought that this was a good poem. Even though I am not a "poetry guy," I found this poem to be interesting. I kind of understood what was going on, but after reading it through a second time, it makes much more sense.. I thought that the Scottish speaking was a bit strange, but some poets write as it's spoken, which makes the poem a bit more real. Plot Summary: On what I see to be some sort of Scottish holiday (Martinmas), a family was making food, where the wind blows and t Personal Response: I thought that this was a good poem. Even though I am not a "poetry guy," I found this poem to be interesting. I kind of understood what was going on, but after reading it through a second time, it makes much more sense.. I thought that the Scottish speaking was a bit strange, but some poets write as it's spoken, which makes the poem a bit more real. Plot Summary: On what I see to be some sort of Scottish holiday (Martinmas), a family was making food, where the wind blows and the door flies open, where then the man says to his wife, "Go outside and bar the door." The lady says that the door shouldn't ever be barred and that the door shouldn't be barred for her. They argue about it for a little bit, and decide that the first person that speaks has to bar the door. At midnight, there were two people that walked past their house without a light. They thought to themselves, "Is this a rich man's house or a poor man's house?" All the meanwhile, the couple didn't speak. They ate some pudding, but didn't speak. Then, one of the men outside says to take his knife and slit The Man's throat while he kisses the Wife. Man #2 says that there's no water in the house, and asks what to do. The man inside then says, as angry as can be, "Will you kiss my wife before my eyes and then skad me with pudding-bree?" The Wife then says to the Husband, "You spoke the first word. Bar the door." Characterization: While the poem does have a small handful of characters (the Husband, the Wife, and the two men outside), there's not much to go on. The couple is a standard couple, the two men outside are assumed to be assassins set on "winning over" the bride. Recommendations: I would recommend this poem to people that don't have a very good understanding of poetry. I don't exactly understand poetry, but because of this poem, I now sort've get a bit of it. I also think that people that are poetry people, and like funny things would like this poem. While the poem isn't exactly funny, it does have a bit of a "funny twist" at the end that I think people would enjoy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Schneider

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Personal Response) The poem was interesting as it had featured the word pudding like 15 times or something like that. I think that personally from a reader's point of view that this is a unique kind of text as it features words I've never heard of such as hussyfskap which I thought was cool. I believe that I may have learned that everything felt weird to read back in the the day if you didn't understand it like trying to learn a new language which isn't always the simplest thing in the world. I (Personal Response) The poem was interesting as it had featured the word pudding like 15 times or something like that. I think that personally from a reader's point of view that this is a unique kind of text as it features words I've never heard of such as hussyfskap which I thought was cool. I believe that I may have learned that everything felt weird to read back in the the day if you didn't understand it like trying to learn a new language which isn't always the simplest thing in the world. I would say this is good but I don't understand it so for me it is just kind of confusing. (Plot) The plot of the story seems like people are trying to barricade a door and eat pudding. So the husband and wife are just kind of like bar up the door and then it's like they are eating pudding multiple different types of pudding. The pudding seems to be one of the main focuses in the book which I think is kind of weird honestly but I don't know entirely. The story just kind of finishes with them saying bar up the door. (Characterization) I think that the wife in the story has a unique idea of wanting to bar the door and eat pudding I honestly think that she is in like a building. The husband is just like the wife saying bar the door and eat the pudding which is what is so interesting about this everyone is like eat some pudding. (Recommended Audience) I would say literally anyone with about two to three minutes worth of free time could just up and read this without really going in the learn anything about the story. I would say people between the ages of 6-88 could probably enjoy such a short read. I would say if you want to learn the story you might want to be 17-55 to learn it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amber Voigtlander

    Personal Review I think the poem was good because it had good detail in the poem. The writing was abit off for the poem but otherwise it was good. The words are weird but you get a idea what there are talking about. Plot The poem was about when there goodwifes make pudding the boil the pan. There trying to find a rich or poor man house to cut off the old man's beard with a knife, and kiss the goodwife. At the end it talks about what to do and it goes to eating the pudding-boo in the pan. It was als Personal Review I think the poem was good because it had good detail in the poem. The writing was abit off for the poem but otherwise it was good. The words are weird but you get a idea what there are talking about. Plot The poem was about when there goodwifes make pudding the boil the pan. There trying to find a rich or poor man house to cut off the old man's beard with a knife, and kiss the goodwife. At the end it talks about what to do and it goes to eating the pudding-boo in the pan. It was also about how they are trying to find a guys house to get something from him. Recommendation I would recommend the to 15-35 years old because the words were hard to understand through put the poem and maybe 35 to 50 because its in the range were they might understand it more. I think teachers might like this poem just too read it on its own, maybe to read it in front of the class if they're working on poems.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lex Puls

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal response: I liked this poem but it was difficult to read and I had to go back and read it a couple more times. But other than that I enjoyed the poem. There was a lot of "old time” talk I guess you could say which is what threw my off and caused me to have to read it again. The poem was written very well. Plot: The poem was about a husband and a wife fighting about who was going to get up and bar the door. The wife said she was too busy so they made and agreement that whoever spoke first Personal response: I liked this poem but it was difficult to read and I had to go back and read it a couple more times. But other than that I enjoyed the poem. There was a lot of "old time” talk I guess you could say which is what threw my off and caused me to have to read it again. The poem was written very well. Plot: The poem was about a husband and a wife fighting about who was going to get up and bar the door. The wife said she was too busy so they made and agreement that whoever spoke first had to bar the door and they both stayed silent the whole night but at midnight strangers came into the house and ate the pudding that the wife had made and then said that he was going to kiss the wife but the husband spoke and told them not to so the husband had lost the “bet” and had to bar the door. Recommendation: I recommend this to older students in high school because this was a very hard poem to read and fully understand.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Austin Krause

    Personal Response: I thought this poem was just ok. I wasn't really able to decipher what exactly was supposed to be going on in the poem. Once I got some research in, I was able to grasp a better idea of the purpose of the poem and I ended up liking it a little bit more. I am really not an extremely poetry liking person, so I still was not overly impressed with this poem. Plot: I am not exactly positive what the plot of the poem was supposed to be. With a little research, I was able to construct s Personal Response: I thought this poem was just ok. I wasn't really able to decipher what exactly was supposed to be going on in the poem. Once I got some research in, I was able to grasp a better idea of the purpose of the poem and I ended up liking it a little bit more. I am really not an extremely poetry liking person, so I still was not overly impressed with this poem. Plot: I am not exactly positive what the plot of the poem was supposed to be. With a little research, I was able to construct some sort of meaning from the poem, not necessarily the correct meaning, but some meaning. I had to look up what Martinmas is and found that it is a celebration starting on November 11 to celebrate the end of a wheat season and to celebrate St. Martin. I also found that there are a number of feasts and fasts during this period of celebration, which allowed me to put together a plot for this poem. My thought is that a family is having a Martinmas feast, and, being November, it is getting colder. Therefore, I think that the conflict is that nobody wants to get up and bar the door. I do not know if that means the house door or like a grain storage door. Finally though, somebody gets voluntold and has to go and shut whatever door it is that needs to be closed. Characterization: There were not any characters in this poem that I am aware of. Recommendation: I think this poem is a likable poem for anyone to read. It is very easy reading, but takes a little thought, and in my case, some research, to decipher what the actual meaning is. Anybody with poetic interest would be a good reader for this poem. The reading level is very low, so anyone from a middle school aged person to high school aged person would have no problem reading it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ray

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