Emily Dickinson and John Donne

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Kenzey Morris
Dr. Wesson-Martin
English 1302
March 26, 2013
Lesson 12

1. Billy Collins was trying to hint to the readers that people over analyze poems, and pretty much anything in general, far too much. They are determined to “get” or “find” a meaning out of the poem, “they begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means” (Billy Collins 746). Billy is attempting to instruct readers how to read poems. “I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide….I want them to water-ski across the surface of a poem” (Billy Collins 745-746). He wants them to look deep within the poem and identify why it exists. Billy uses great metaphors like “drop a mouse into a poem” (Billy Collins 745). He wants us to be like mice, wandering around inside, searching every line and path, and finding a way out, or in our case a “meaning”. However, at the same time he doesn’t want us to force an answer out. Billy wants it to come naturally and patiently.

2. In the short poem “Metaphors”, Sylvia Plath is symbolizing or referring to the stages a woman goes through during pregnancy “a cow in calf” (Plath 738).

3. Piercy is suggesting that every girl has experienced some sort of ridicule in her life because of the way she “looks”. Whether it is because of her hair, her body shape, the way she dresses, or even the way she does her make-up. For instance in the poem “Barbie Doll” Piercy mentioned that this “girlchild” was treated like any other modern little girl. She was given dolls, miniature stoves and play irons, and cherry flavored lipstick. Life was easy, good, and lovable.

Then puberty hit. Piercy stated that a “classmate said: You have a great big nose and fat legs” to the young girl (Piercy 776). The classmate could have done this out of jealousy, or she might have said what she said because looking at all of her play Barbie dolls the young girl was far from the dolls appearance. Society is to blame for the...
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