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I want the summary of the poetry A remarkable adventure

A Remarkable Adventure by Jack Prelutsky 

I was at my bedroom table

With a notebook open wide,

when a giant anaconda started winding up my side,

I was filled with apprehension

and retreated down the stairs,

to be greeted at the bottom

by a dozen grizzly bears.

We tumultuously tussled

till I managed to get free,

then I saw, with trepidation,

there were tigers after me,

I could feel them growing close,

I was quivering with fear,

then I blundered into quicksand

and began to disappear.

I was rescued by an eagle

that descended from the skies

to embrace me with its talons,

to my terror and surprise,

but that raptor lost its purchase

when a blizzard made me sneeze,

and it dropped me in a thicket

where I battered both my knees.

I was suddenly surrounded

by a troop of savage trolls,

who maliciously informed me

they would toast me over coals,

I was lucky to elude them

when they briefly looked away-

that’s the reason why my homework

isn’t here with me today.

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This poem simply summarizes the excuses a child might make to explain his/her lack of preparation for a homework assignment that is due in a classroom.  The beauty of this poem centers around the wonderful language and the imaginative ways in which a child, with incredibly picture-oriented language, can create stories more wonderful and "fun" than any truth could ever be.