to inhale is to breathe air, smoke or gas into you lungs.
A clerk is someone who sells thing in a store or grocery
A pact is an agreement between two people
To weep is to cry
Before we start analyzing the poem we need to know what the bluebird stands for; bluebird is a wildly accepted symbol of cheerfulness, happiness the good one in the soul and good health. In other words any positive concept may be symbolized as a bluebird. In this poem the bluebird is symbolized as true feelings and true thoughts.
Charles bukowski was
← An American poet, novelist
and short story writer.
← Born in 1920, died in 1994
when he was 73 years old.
← He died because of leukemia.
← In his poems, he usually talks
about the ordinary life of poor Americans,
alcohol and relationships with women.
← In 1986 The Time Magazine called the poet a "laureate of American lowlife." He wrote this poem to his ex wife Barbara Fry whom he got divorced within 2 years. The poem is written in a free verse; no rhyme no rhythm no rhyme scheme. The first stanza is introducing us to the bluebird. He is saying that “I’m not going to let anybody see you” but he is opening up to the reader. He uses repetition to develop rhythm, repeating the first two lines at the beginning of each stanza: “there’s a bluebird in my heart that/wants to get out.” As I said before the bluebird is a symbol for the good soul. There is enjambment through out the poem. There is alliteration in too tough and say stay. Also there is internal rhyme in say and stay.
In the second stanza there is an imagery and uses the bluebird as a simple metaphor for his fears and weaknesses that he never lets anybody see. He is explaining that he has no one else in his life except the whores, the bartenders and the grocery clerks and he doesn’t let any of them to know the bluebird....