Analysis of Three Poems

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In E.E Cumming's poem "in Just-", he captures the feeling and meaning of spring. He capitalizes the word "Just" in order to emphasize that only in spring the world becomes a mud bath for children. In the first stanza he suggests that adults spring to life "in just" spring. When Cumming uses the word "wee" he uses it in order to show the enthusiasm of the children and adults, representing the fun of spring. Througout the poem Cummings uses typography informatively to enhance the meaning of the poem. The title of the poem "in Just" begins with a lower case vowel and ends with a upper case word signifying the importance of this season being the only season that has these qualitites. The gaps or spaces in this poem are meant to be filled with an emotion. The gaps provide imagary for the readers to expand their thoughts about what is going on throughout this poem. This poem can be a good example of open form as it doesnt follow any kind of ryhme scheme and the poet puts spaces where he feels it allows the reader to feel what is going on throughout the poem.

The opening lines of "The Red Wheelbarrow" sets the tone for the rest of the poem. Each line of the poem is composed of one sentence broken up at various places, causing the poem to be dependent upon each line. The form of the poem acts as the meaning of it as well. By the end of the poem readers can usually see an image of the wheelbarrow. In lines 3 and 4, the poet breaks up the words in order to get the reader to see the object more closely. In lines 5 and 6, he uses monosyllable words to elongate the lines. In the beginning of these 2 lines we begin to notice the wheelbarrow through a closer perspective, but the "rain" gives its a new look all together. In the last 2 lines he switches the color from red to white, completing the image of his wheelbarrow.

In Robert Haas' "A Story about the Body", he tells a story through a short prose poem showing the reader the complextity between sexuality and illness....
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