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What are the literary elements of this poem and what does it mean?

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I built on the sand
And it tumbled down,
I built on a rock
And it tumbled down.
Now when I build, I shall begin
With the smoke from the chimney.

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    http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1337283389

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    i don't really understand because this poem seems so vague

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    Think of the story about the three little pigs:
    http://www.shol.com/agita/pigs.htm
    That's a very old story that has been around for ages and ages!

    There are parts of the first 4 lines that seem to allude to this story.

    Now ask yourself this: Why would a builder start with the smoke instead of wood or stone or other dwelling materials?

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    Would it be because you can't blow smoke away?

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    or because you can?

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    please help me!

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    Or is the unsuccessful builder thinking it doesn't matter what the house is built on ... that nothing is indestructible?

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