Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom Analysis

Topics: Poetry, Saw, Sound Pages: 2 (490 words) Published: June 11, 2012
The poem begins with a vivid imagery of sensations. The onomatopoeia of line one „The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard“ is redoubled in line seven. „And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled.” The assonance emphasizes the sound of the sawing machine. The cutting noise of the saw is compared to a wild animal, like a tiger, which shows a personification. Both words “snarled” and “rattled” resonate with sound and fury. Repetition is also used in “Electricity comes to Cocoa Bottom” to represent an unusual, exiting moment, making the reader wants to continue reading. „As soft as chiffon curtains: / Closing. Closing”

The repetition of the ´s´ sound makes this a very gentle ending to the night and the full stops between closing indicate a certain amount of time has passed.

The alliteration of line three in the poem “Out,out”
„Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it”,
helps to emphasize the “scent” of the timber being cut. Also there is sibilance, because of the five ´s` sounds in the line, and also this sibilance emphasizes the spreading of the scent in the breeze which creates a musical effect. In the poem “Electricity comes to Cocoa Bottom” is also about nature and the sounds of it are represented to show that everything is calm and worriless. „ Then the breeze...bowed heads.”These four lines show the wind becoming stronger but the simile of the many bowed heads make the tone religious, as if praying to a higher power. The repetition of swelling shows the power of nature. It creates a sense of drama and humans/nature being in record. Both poems want to keep the reader’s attention by explaining them in more detail what in the nature is going on.

The end of both stories was very unexpected. The family seemed heartless or cruel at the end of the poem “Out, out” They just returned to work without their family member. „And they since they were not the one dead, turned to their affairs” It also shows that the poet explores how...
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