The poem “A Person/ A Paper/ A Promise” by Dr. Earl Reum is about a boy who grows up and loses his way. The poem has four stanzas. Each one uses repetition of little ordinary things that warp and change, as the boy gets older. One of the most profound of these repetitions show the boy writing a poem. Each time the boy writes his poem on a different type of piece of paper, and about different subjects. “That’s what it was all about” is written after the explanation of each poem. His mother reacts differently to the poems, as he grows older, at first being proud of him, and then losing interest. The poem is really just about showing you care, and how simple acts of caring effect people. I think that shows so much about the boy, who starts out on a yellow piece of paper writing about his dog, to a box of matches writing a poem entitled “absolutely nothing.”
The first poem written by the boy is written on a yellow piece of paper, and is about his dog named Chops. The poem screams child-like innocence. The poem gets an A and a gold star. The gold star also shows the brightness of childhood. His mother hangs it on the kitchen door for all his aunts to see, and is proud of him. The second poem is written on white paper with neat blue lines, and is about the month autumn. The straight blue lines of his poem and the crispness of autumn show how he’s getting older. It seems more systematic and less about imagination than the first poem he’s written. He still gets an A, but no gold star, he has lost something, he has lost a piece of brightness. His mother doesn’t hang it on the kitchen door because it was just painted. This shows the beginning of the loneliness the boy begins to feel. The third poem he writes is when he’s in college. He writes it on a piece of paper torn out of a notebook. The poem is called “Question Marked Youth” because “that was the name of his grief.” The boy tearing the piece of paper out of his notebook shows how disheveled he is. The boy still...
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