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  2. page Chris edited ... 100. A Ballad of Hell by John Davidson This is a very long poem. The poet utilizes very vivid…
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    100. A Ballad of Hell by John Davidson
    This is a very long poem. The poet utilizes very vivid imagery of hell describing the pain from the poet as well as the flames, even seeing Satan. Various objects were used such as a rose, a knife, wood, and a dagger. I thought this poem was used effectively in cooperation of lost love, showing the speaker’s mental deterioration. The poem also has a ABAB rhyme scheme, the style is almost Shakespearean when Macbeth began to lose his mind.
    101. Mental Mommy by Liam Rector
    The poem is from the perspective of a child, this is supported as the language is often incorrect (and uncle there tell me..). Overall, it is a very dark poem where we see a child separated from his mother due to her “mental issues”. When she finally comes back we find out that she had actually gone to prison. The poem also implies that it is the child who is mental with certain hints within his dialogue.

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    94. Snake; an oracle of oath by David Aoloch Bion
    The snake in the poem seems to have some religious significance of Adam and Eve. I think it is interesting as the snake might have some representation associated with evil. Throughout the poem it describes the disturbing movement of the snake as it constricts, and binds the speaker. The smooth flowing nature of the poem seems to support the fact that is it about a snake.
    95. How To Kill by Keith Douglas
    The speaker seems to be in a war zone trying to justify whether or not he can take a life. The poem questions the definition of masculinity, does killing make you a man? The poet utilizes a lot of metaphors such as weightless mosquitoes as he is haunted under his current circumstances. As the poem progresses, there is a obvious development of time as the “child” becomes a “man”.
    96. Conversation by Ai
    The poem exams various social interactions, and the need for people to converse and talk. The speaker gives off a tone of loneliness as she monitors various people talking to on another. The poem is free verse, as it seems to demonstrate the speaker’s mental thought process with no specific structure. The poem quotes the various things people say in conversations, as the speaker listens and understands the need of the transfer of ideas through conversation.
    97. America by Olivia Taylor
    This is a clear example of a very patriotic poet. The speaker clearly demonstrates his pride to be an American, through his use of imagery of describing the colors of the American flag, as well as the idea of freedom and liberty.
    98. In a London Drawingroom by George Eliot
    The poem describes the lively views of London through the eyes of a painter trying to draw on an empty canvas. The speaker does a great job to target the 5 senses of the reader. Color appears to be a strong motif in the poem, of the suns rays, and even yellow because of the smoke. The speaker presents both sides of London both the beauty and grim aspects of it.
    99. A Loafer by John Davidson
    The poem follows an ABAB rhyme scheme, describing the speaker who is a loafer around the streets. The speaker utilizes vivid imagery to describe the mess that he is in. The speaker is very assertive although he is waiting for death, making loud claims as he welcomes death. The poem makes various biblical references as he talks more about his desire for death.
    100. A Ballad of Hell by John Davidson
    This is a very long poem. The poet utilizes very vivid imagery of hell describing the pain from the poet as well as the flames, even seeing Satan. Various objects were used such as a rose, a knife, wood, and a dagger. I thought this poem was used effectively in cooperation of lost love, showing the speaker’s mental deterioration. The poem also has a ABAB rhyme scheme, the style is almost Shakespearean when Macbeth began to lose his mind.

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    90.This is a warning by Sylvia Chidi
    The poem is very repetitive, stating “this is a warning” throughout each line in the poem. The poem has an ABAB rhyme scheme, allowing the poem to flow very smoothly. Because of such repetition, the speaker’s anxiety can easily be detected in the poem, delivering the message if we don’t change our current lifestyles it would lead to the end of the world.
    91. Weather God by Lindsay Dougherty
    The poem has a very solid structure, and uses a lot of nature imagery describing the various weather conditions such as the rain, and sun etc. The speaker seems to pay homage to the great weather that he or she is currently experiencing. There is also a transition as the “weather” seems to progress to be more violent, possibly demonstrating the anger from the weather god?
    92. A Hero? By Timothy Venard
    I thought this poem is very interesting as it questions what defines a hero. The speaker seems to question the common belief or impression of what is a hero, and rather is amazed by the over glorification of it. There are allusions such as of Hercules beating the hydra. The poem itself has a solid structure, often each stanza opens with “A Hero?”
    93. My Hero by Nathan Kraft
    It is interesting to see this poem as it differs from the previous one. The speaker in this poem demonstrates his or her gratitude to the “hero”. The tone expressed from the speaker shows great respect to the hero utilizing various metaphors stating the hero is “a rock”.
    94. Snake; an oracle of oath by David Aoloch Bion
    The snake in the poem seems to have some religious significance of Adam and Eve. I think it is interesting as the snake might have some representation associated with evil. Throughout the poem it describes the disturbing movement of the snake as it constricts, and binds the speaker. The smooth flowing nature of the poem seems to support the fact that is it about a snake.

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  8. page Chris edited ... 74. Loud Music by Stephen Dobyns From the diction, the poem demonstrates a wide range of musi…
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    74. Loud Music by Stephen Dobyns
    From the diction, the poem demonstrates a wide range of musical terms, characterizes the knowledge/passion for music of the speaker. The poem illustrates the great range of effect music can have upon on an individual. The poem also highlights the close connection between the speaker and his or her step-daughter, how they feel connected through music. I enjoy how the poet compares music through imagery.
    75. To Remember the Fallen
    The poem expresses a solemn respect for those who passed in war. The poem has a very solid structure, which supports its entire formality. There is a lot of repetition of the words “they” do emphasize the importance of respecting and honoring the dead. The poem is very depressing as it expresses gratitude to those who passed, and we live on in their memory.
    76. Trees by Joyce Kilmer
    Every stanza of the poem consists of a single rhyming couplet. It praises the trees for being close to nature, and having the time to pray to god. In the speaker’s eyes, only nature is true beauty.
    77. Weeping by Federico Garcia Lorca
    Possibly a poem translated from Spanish as most of his other poems are in Spanish. Sad mood strongly established using allusions to Cyrano and Quixote, two men which are thought to be among the most unfortunate.
    78. Grass by Russell Edson
    Strong imagery of grass being overgrown in the house especially as it "extends miles and miles into the walls". However, contrast to such an unpleasant scenery, the speaker focuses on the importance of new life as the old man rocks in a rocking chair with an infant.
    79. Premeditation by Mark R Slaughter
    When I first glanced at the poem I thought it was weird, as the narrative is expressed inside the mindset of a killer who is planning a murder. Each stanza is very specific, and I think the poem characterizes the killer to be very careful and pensive. The speaker, like Macbeth also weighs and tries to rationalize his decision to kill.
    80. Murder Me by Tajeeanah Ross
    The poem is very direct/imperative. Even though there is a strong voice, the overall mood of the poem is very depressing as it is about suicide. I lot of the ideas expressed though out the poem relates to the speaker’s unwillingness to live on anymore in the world. There is a good use of nature imagery as the poet reflects that “there is no more light” or hope in this world anymore.
    81. Slaughter of the Innocent
    It questions or attempts to express the justification of murder. The poem seems to have various references to war, and asks the reader whether or not if it was right. The speaker utilizes various “killing” vocabulary to demonstrate its gruesome nature.
    82.Murder Murder
    The poem is relatively comical as it seems to mock the amount of tension in murder. The tone of the speaker is fairly light-hearted, which is interesting considering the fact that the poem is about killing. There is good color imagery of the crimson blood, and utilizes onomatopoeia of the dripping and the various sounds blood can make. I thought it was very disturbing.
    83. She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon Byron
    This poem is about a man describing how wonderful the woman he thinks about is. To start off, there is a pleasant rhyme scheme present throughout the poem to express a joyful mood when the man thinks about the woman. Furthermore, lots of imagery is present when describing her beauty, as it would be impossible to do her justice without being poetic. Moreover, it was nice to see that the speaker also referred to the woman’s inner beauty as well as her outer beauty.
    84. Hearts by Naji Almurisi
    This poem is about the speaker talking about two kinds of hearts. He sets this up by considering having two hearts: one that pumps blood, and the other pumping love. There is also a lot of paradoxes woven throughout the poem, stating the heart in two opposite conditions – probably referring to the differences in the two kinds of hearts.
    85. The Letters by Eileen Carney Hulme
    This is an extremely short poem, and its most outstanding feature is the repetition of the first two lines of the poem at the end, to give the poem a nostalgic, even wistful feel. Multiple metaphors are used to emphasize the passion and love shared by the speaker and her love
    86. Oxford by Jack London
    Describes the sincere beauty in the town Oxford. Prevalent images of nature and his description of the innate beauty of nature describes his pleasure for the town.
    87. Funny but Not So Funny by Mary Louis Mann Gabumpa
    Reveals the speaker's discontent with contemporary world trying to boast their knowledge (although they cannot substantiate their argument that they actually know something) Sardonic tone is prevalent as she uses repetition that this is something "funny," while it means quite the opposite. Tries to convey that message that she is against scientific findings and only believes in god and his creation.
    88. The Night Is Full of Us by JULIE SUK
    A poem about death, the narrator describes her view on Death after her father dies. Through the use feeding him soup as a symbol for care, she is first regretful that she didn't spend enough time with him in his final years. This then leads her to remember times with her father during her childhood. What was interesting was the mention of her father having 6 fingers on each hand from birth, however the purpose of that reference eluded me. The narrator then goes into a inner reflection state where she reveals her fear "not waking up" through the use of mention of nightmares.
    89. Bind by Amy Lowell
    This poem, along with several ludicrous statements, addresses major fears that whole nations succumb to. Perhpas reveals destructive nature of human beings
    90.This is a warning by Sylvia Chidi
    The poem is very repetitive, stating “this is a warning” throughout each line in the poem. The poem has an ABAB rhyme scheme, allowing the poem to flow very smoothly. Because of such repetition, the speaker’s anxiety can easily be detected in the poem, delivering the message if we don’t change our current lifestyles it would lead to the end of the world.

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    All the World's a Stage
    William Shakespeare
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    in a play.
    Talks
    play.Talks about the
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    Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines
    Pablo Neruda
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    and continouly repeats
    "Tonight
    repeats"Tonight I can
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    of lost love,
    creates
    love,creates a sense
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    August 26, 2011
    Mother o' Mine
    Rudyard Kipling
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    with the mother?
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    mother?3 stanzas, transitions
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    gets more powerful
    Poem
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    August 26, 2011
    No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest
    Dame Mary Gilmore
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    wants to muster
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    musterstrength to the
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    Cause And Effect
    Charles Bukowski
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    shorter and shorter.
    The
    shorter.The structure emphasizes
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    is just "them"
    Lonely
    "them"Lonely and sad
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    Benediction
    Rabindranath Tagore
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    approachable, and comfortable
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    Uses
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    sight of his
    mother's
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    August 26, 2011
    Death Be Not Proud
    John Donne
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    few rhyming couplets.
    Conveys
    couplets.Conveys death is
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    August 26, 2011
    Sadie and Maud
    Gwendolyn Brooks
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    of the girls.
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    On Pain
    Khalil Gibran
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    and moving forward.
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    Acceptance
    Robert Lee Frost
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    message about acceptance.
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    September 4th
    Again and Again
    Rainer Maria Rilke
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    "again and again"
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    again"Concept of a
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    A Fragment: To Music
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    very simply poem,
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    poem,uses nature imagery
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    It was an April morning: fresh and clear
    William Wordsworth
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    Apologia Pro Poemate Meo
    Wilfred Owen
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    are going through.
    The
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    Oct. 30
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    A Broken Appointment
    Thomas Hardy
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    is going through.
    The
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    A Christmas Ghost Story
    Thomas Hardy
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    such as the
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    Last Night As I Was Sleeping
    Antonio Machado
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    MachadoTranslated by Robert
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    a higher power.
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    Ogden Nash
    A Caution To Everybody
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    before he thinked."
    There
    thinked."There is a
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    To A Daughter Leaving Home
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    Woman Work
    Maya Angelou
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    Checked 18 September 17/15-25 KBoyce
    Diverse collection and OK commentary.
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    48. Blind by Charles Webb
    The poem reveals the speakers mental deterioration. Although it maintains an organized structure, the use of language can be a bit chaotic as the speaker constantly questions society, as to why is his life so terrible. The tone of the speaker greatly contributes to the overall theme that the poem is a meditation on the painful experience of seeing someone lose his or her vision. The poem is very cacophonous, of the sounds of “t”, “ck”, “g”, and “d”, highlighting some of the internal struggles of the speaker. The simile of monsters and black holes is carefully utilized to create the sense of lost and despair.
    49. Some Clouds by Steve Kowit
    Great use of enjambment to emphasize the importance of certain words, mainly pronouns. The nature imagery of clouds, and the sky establishes a sense of longing from the speaker as he is trying to recover from a loss. I admire how the poet creates an unexpected meaning for the clouds. In this case, clouds mean nothingness, that just drift uncontrollably in the sky.
    50. Passport by Mahmoud Darwish
    Passport used as symbol of self identity. Emotion of indignity is conveyed at having identity taken away or not being recognized by those the speaker nourished with his own hands. Defiantly declaring that hearts of people are identity, not passports, and so take away my passport! Use of contrast between nature imagery and man-made imagery to contrast freedom of identity/being recognized with imprisonment in lost identity.
    51. Witness by Martha Collins
    The poem helps demonstrate how complicated human relationships can sometimes be. The speaker serves like a narrator who is describing the situation that is happening between a couple. There is a specific rhyme scheme ABAB to kinda portray the back and forth relationship with the couple (kind of playful). Through out the poem, the speaker presents a lot of contrast to show the conflict between the couple. The title is interesting because the speaker literally is the witness who sees the struggle between the couple.
    52. Not Swans by Susan Ludvigson
    The poem is very interesting as it seems to interrupt itself. The enjambment used in the poem supports the distracted, disjointed tone of the speaker. The structure itself is also quite chaotic. It is actually a bit humorous because the speaker’s mother is dying, however he or she is focused whether or not the birds on the sky are swans or not.
    53. The Dead by Susan Mitchell
    It is a fantasy poem about the dead. The poem repeats “they”, demonstrating the prevalent nature of the dead as they progress and invade people’s houses. At first I thought “the dead” referred to zombies, however it has a more sentimental reference. The poem fantasies that the dead return for closure and has a sense of longing. I thought it was comedic at first, but it turns out to be a relatively sad poem.
    54. Herd of Buffalo Crossing The Missouri On Ice by William Matthews
    From title completely describes what the poem is about, there are no surprises. The poem beautifully illustrates the Missouri environment through the various nature imagery of the plants, clouds, snow, water source, etc.
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    55. Changes by Ethan Allen
    A really repetitive poem, nearly in every line it opens with “a change”. The poem has a rhyme scheme of AABB, as well as a steady rhythm of an Iambic pentameter. Each line is simple, and easy flowing, possibly demonstrating how easy it is for a change to occur or happen. The content is very diverse and the poet/speaker uses a broad range of examples of change such as location, age, job, rules, society, etc. I like the final line “A change of sails, blowing you into the unknown”, demonstrating the random and spontaneity of change.
    56. Don’t by Ethan Allen
    I am getting a feeling that he uses the similar styles of short, simple, and concise structure in his poems. “Don’t” has each line to be a statement from the speaker, as if talking to another person. It poem’s structure is also very repetitive, but the poem progresses and gets more and more direct and declarative.
    57. In Childhood by Kimiko Hahn
    Speaker grown up child who used to believe that all things never died and would always return. Transition in line “Later this vision is not True” True capitalized to signify some sort of ultimate truth – perhaps about death or circle of life. Those who die would not return. Speaker mentions grandmother, pet parakeet who have not returned from death. Poem once again turns when speakers explores concept of whether these dead things have transitioned into another state and have indeed returned. Inquisitive tone as speaker asks where do dead things go?
    58. Lonely Life by Mark R Slaughter
    Overall the speaker has a very depressing tone as he defines his loneliness.
    The speaker has a powerful and evoking use of imagery. There is a progression as he illustrates his loneliness, of the world around him, but then how the loneliness impacts his mentality. The poem overall maintains a cool dark atmosphere, illustrating a “mist”, “dark of night”, “lonely tears that cool my face”.
    59. Loneliness by Tess Connor
    A vary different style compared to the previous poem. The poem itself has a very simple structure each line lists a object, or a person that is lonely. It has a rhyme scheme of AABB, a reason for this rhyme scheme is so that the poem would be more memorable.
    60. It’s Death Again by Mark Slaughter
    A very interesting poem that personifies death. The speaker illustrates the common image of death as the grim reaper (a hooded figure, in chains, with a scythe). The speaker is very imperative, expressing his annoyance of death questioning his fate, and question the right of death to take lives. It has an AABB rhyme scheme, with a Iambic pentameter rhythm emphasizing on certain words that personifies death
    61. Beldame of Death by Mark R Slaughter
    Has a much more solemn tone than the previous poem. The speaker still personifies death, describing him as a hooded figure. The poem uses a lot of vivid imagery illustrating the hollow emptiness that death brings. The overall poem creates a sense of deterioration, and loss through the imagery of death. Speaker uses old Shakespearean language such as “hark!” , and“nil”. It feels like its one of Macbeth’s sonnets.
    62. Jigsaw Puzzles and You
    Reader is left to ponder the significance of jigsaw pieces throughout poem, which are only revealed as pieces of love in the last line, building a narrative tension. Speaker describes the puzzle pieces as a ceramic nightmare, a mess to be put together with glue and paste. Use of first person pronoun “we” creates sense of unity and cooperation between two lovers. A sense of perseverance also established as the endure ceramic nightmare and achieve the “well earned puzzle” called LOVE.
    63. Death and I by Mark R Slaughter
    The overall poem conveys the hollow, and empty life of the speaker. The poem takes an interesting approach as the speaker makes no significant reaction as death approaches. The speaker seems to be ambivalent towards death, accepting, yet depressing as he claims his life has no importance “Death and I so bound”, demonstrating they are fit for each other.
    64. Death by Nick Andrew Smith
    The poem is very repetitive repeating “death is” in every line. Each line describes what the speaker thinks about death. The examples that the speaker provides are both vague and specific, demonstrating that death has endless possibilities of occurring. The speaker appears to be suicidal as there is no resilience to death, and he suggests helping death with “a knife” and how death will end his misery. The reader can easily detect the depressing mentality of the speaker.
    65. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    The poem has a very simple structure, with the AABB rhyme scheme. From the poem I can detect a sense of longing for the end of a childhood. I enjoy the use of imagery to create the very tranquil atmosphere of the area around the sidewalk.
    66. Dance Me To The End of Love by Leonard Cohen
    The poem has a very repetitive nature, constantly reiterating “dance me to the end of love”. The overall atmosphere that is created in the poem is very romantic through the imagery that reveals the poet’s passion. I really enjoy the symbolism of the burning violin that reflects the delicate and romantic nature of the poet.
    67. Waiting For The Miracle by Leonard Cohen
    The poem is very direct towards an ex lover rather than to a general audience. The content of the poem is very personal, I could actually feel the sense of pain and desperation from the speaker. There is an reference of the end of WWII to portray the extent of the poet’s anxiety.
    68. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen
    Another poem of lost love. The poem does a good job of portraying the loss love to demonstrate the speakers sense of longing. The imagery the poet uses creates a sense of the lover’s presence that will always be there with him. The speaker repeats the descriptions of the eyes of his lover, she will always be in his mind.
    69. Four-Letter Word by James A Emanuel
    The poem is extremely short, simply stating the four letter word is JAZZ. The poet uses interesting words, describing it as “naughty, sexy, cerebral, but solarplexy”. I guess the structure of the poem can reflect the nature of jazz, although it may be complex in terms of the atmosphere it can create, in reality it is very simple in nature.
    70. For A Depressed Woman by James A. Emanuel
    This is another relatively short, direct poem depicting the suicide of a woman. The speaker asks a lot of questions trying to rationalize the decision of the woman. But within his questioning he finds the answer of her suicide “what friends?”. The speaker suggests that she might have killed herself out of sheer loneliness. There is a sense of regret from the speaker, as if he had the opportunity to have her, but simply chose not to.
    71. Current by Anna Piutti
    Speaker seems to be conveying the intensity of passion between two human beings. Short, concise, powerful and purposeful diction. Fibers and flesh – reference to human tissue? Electricity – energy or tension is transuded through a simple sigh. Speaker can see sun-bordered clouds in the addressed’s eyes – illustrating the great attention to detail or her proximity with “you”. Swooshing of curtains to suggest bedrooms? Temples like drums – increased an strong pulse rate. Hypnotic pulsations, dreams loud blink of light bulb, kaleidoscopes convulse – sexual intercourse and orgasm? Intensity and passion conveyed throughout.
    72. Angel of Death by Udiah
    Another example of personifying death as sort of the villain who is against the speaker. The poem focuses on the moment the speaker sees death and his reaction. A lot of cold and dark imagery was utilized to illustrate the intensifying moment when the speaker sees death. The poem does a great job to show the fear of death, but as well as the resilience from the speaker, who clearly wants to live. Each stanza in the poem ends with “the angel of death at his kill” possibly demonstrating the inevitable outcome of the speaker who will face death in the end.
    73. I will not change by Ashley Dietz
    Again, another very repetitive poem. Each line contains “I will not change”, demonstrating the conviction of the speaker and he unwillingness to change into someone she is not. Because of its repetitive nature, I got really tired of them poem keep on repeating “I will not change, I will not change, etc”.
    74. Loud Music by Stephen Dobyns
    From the diction, the poem demonstrates a wide range of musical terms, characterizes the knowledge/passion for music of the speaker. The poem illustrates the great range of effect music can have upon on an individual. The poem also highlights the close connection between the speaker and his or her step-daughter, how they feel connected through music. I enjoy how the poet compares music through imagery.

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