Prof.: Neil De La Flor
February 20, 2013
Research paper: Poetry (LIFE ON MARS by Tracy K. Smith)
Sometimes when people think about the calming sound of a night-time melody, the catchy beat of a popular song, or simply the words in a poem that captures how you feel and you can perfectly relate to. What comes to mind when we mention a poem? Usually what people think or what people’s thoughts go to, are emotions and rhyme. I think it takes a little more of each person’s perspective into the situation, not only the writer’s but also the reader’s perspective, which is what gives that extra spark to the piece. The literary element that is the most important to bring a poem to life is imagery; it would help the reader visualize better the writer’s message. “The universe is a house party” this is a poem where the author writes about her house, her space, and things on a daily basis, how all this is her universe; telling us how people are welcomed in her house, “Of course, it’s ours. If it’s anyone’s, it’s ours”. (Smith 13), but ultimately is her world. In this quote “... Look: postcards and panties, bottles with lipstick on the rim,” (Smith 13), I categorize it as an imagery, immediately we visualize all these elements – postcards, panties, bottles with lipstick on the rim, automatically takes us to the left overs of a big, wild party, being the words panties and bottles with lipstick the strongest pictures in this image; creating disorder and kind of a dirty picture in our head. If we change those things the image would change completely, for example using toys and pink decorated plates with cake left overs, in a second this would take us to a family house which was the place of a baby shower, instead of what we may initially picture, a house of a single girl or young woman all messed up and dirty after a party. “My God, it’s full of stars” in this poem she talks about humanity, our planet compared to the universe,...