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Wanyi Zhang
Poetry Close Reading Paper Assignment
November 19th, 2012

The piece Uniforms written by Barbara Schmitz, contains numerous elements of poetry, utilized in a beautiful way, it is not wonder that the piece is famous. A topic as simple as the dress of the people at the super market can be made into something beautiful through creative writing. Some of the elements used in this piece include; alliteration, assonance, interesting strong word choices, all bringing about a strong tone of the poet, Barbara Schmitz. However many of the common traits in poems like rhyme, and rhythm are not focused on. There are no apparent rhyme schemes or rhythm in the piece. The poem speaks on the dress of the a couple people at the grocery store, how there cloths reflect there style as well as accommodation of weather. Using strong words that not only demonstrate the elaboration of there dress, but also share the mood that the writer has for the attire. The first person introduced in the poem, was a young man who had “swagger”, this word alone sets the scene of a man with confidence, who has a certain walk, yet also brings about a rural connotation. That the guy might have a limp in his step and the attitude of a thug. At this point the mood of the writer is uncertain. Next she points out that his outfit is so elaborate that it involves many layers, she interestingly chose the word “orchestrated”. It is interesting because it is a musical word, it was likely chose because like in an orchestra where all of the members play a part that together created a master piece. Simular to each part of his outfit working together. This outfit contains so many that she points out with a curios tone on how it is that he wears all of it including a “stocking cap”, during the hot weather that she mentioned in the beginning. The rest of his outfit is where her mood or tone is really prominent, stating that he has “bagging pants”, bagging is a negative word meaning XXXXXXX,...
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