Laurel Winter uses point of view and quotes to create the overall feeling of suspense throughout the whole poem. For example, the lines 16-24 are just listing the many ways that an egg could be killed. They tell horror stories
That their mothers,
Clucked to them-
Egg salad sandwiches,
That destroyer of dozens,
The homemade angel food cake.
These particular lines of the poem are listing some of the hundreds of ways that an egg could die, and by after reading just these 8 lines, you will start to feel how frightening the life of an egg could be, I sure know I felt as if I were one of them. Creating suspense can be made in many other ways too, like how Winter uses short sentences to make the reader feel ominous or un-reassured. By using lines like “they pray” (line 28), “whispering” (line 4), and “The door opens” (line 25), Winter is just frightening the reader of what is too come. I conclude Winter is making a point where that you can make an everyday object’s day so scary, just by making sentences short and to the point.
Winter uses lines and phrases to specifically make you feel like you are one of the eggs in the carton. By using imagery words in the poem, you start to feel as if you are an egg. “They jostle in their compartments, trying for tiny, dark-veined cracks” (lines 10-11). Or using actual quotes from the...