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Eating Poetry by Mark Strand

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Anna and Johnny

on 12 October 2012

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Background of Mark Strand Eating Poetry Analysis The mood of the poem starts out depressing, because the dog is trying to get the ladies attention, yet she is just mad at the fact that the dog ate all of her the poetry. She doesn't realize that the dog is only trying to get her affection, but the librarian is too caught up on the poetry to realize that. All the dogs suffer because they get no attention from the librarian. That is what Mark Strand is comparing his life to, where he is the librarian caught up in his poetry and the dogs all the little things in his life that deserve attention and don't get it. The figurative language used in this poem is personification. One example is "Ink runs", this is used to give human characteristics to ink. Another example is "their blond legs burn like brush", this simile is exaggerating the fact that the dogs don't get groomed or fed very often. Finally the whole poem is a comparison from the writers life, to the ladies life in the poem, they are both similar because they are both too focused on poetry to realize what is happening around them. Who is the speaker? What is the mood? What is the tone? Examples of figurative language Examples of sensory language Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

The setting is a library, this affects the mood because library's are known for being quiet and meant for work. That is how Mark Strand's house is, and he is just trying to convey that through the setting. He is just focused on work and not anything else. Mark is trying to tell that when he is working on his poetry he likes it quiet like a library with no interuptions. The "library" is where Mark keeps all of his poems, just like where a librarian would keep her books. Setting Mark Strand (born 11 April 1934) is a Canadian-born American poet, and translator. He is still alive and works as a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. As a child Strand spent most of his time in North America, as a teenager he spent his time South and Central America. Then he studied painting at Yale University. and later studied nineteenth-century Italian poetry in Italy. He then became a collage professor and taught at these schools:
University of Iowa, Iowa City, instructor in English, 1962–1965
University of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Fulbright lecturer, 1965–1966
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, assistant professor, 1967
Columbia University, New York City, adjunct associate professor, 1969–1972
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, New York City, associate professor, 1970–1972
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Bain-Swiggett Lecturer, 1973
Brandeis University, Hurst professor of poetry, 1974–1975
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, professor of English, 1981–1993
Johns Hopkins University, Elliot Coleman Professor of Poetry, 1994–c. 1998
University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, 1998-c. 2005
Columbia University, New York City, professor of English and Comparative Literature, c. 2005— heir eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark. Many of Strand's poems evoke ideas about his childhood on Prince Edward Island. Many have compared Mark to Robert Bly in the way they both use fantastic imagery. Strand's poems use ordinary language, usually without rhyme. In a interview in 1971, Strand said, "I feel very much a part of a new international style that has a lot to do with plainness of diction, a certain reliance on surrealist techniques, and a strong narrative element."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Strand This poem by Mark Strand is about a dog who eats all of the librarian's poems. The dog in the poem is just another stressful element of Mark's life that is trying to find time with Mark, and get him away from his poetry. The dog gets angry with the librarian once she gets upset that he ate all the poetry. The dog then realizes he defeated the librarian and finally taught her a lesson that she needs to pay attention to the dogs more.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark. The speaker of this poem is a dog. In the poem the dog eats poetry, licks a human, barks and sits on its knees. "I have been eating poetry." "I get on my knees and lick her hand" Eating Poetry
By Mark Strand Pd 3 Anna Janush
Johnny Folea The tone of this poem is negative and upsetting because the writer sets the voice that its devastating for the librarian to find all of her poetry gone.

"The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad " In the poem there are a few examples of sensory language.
One is that the dog is using its taste to eat poetry. Another example is that the dog uses its taste to lick the librarian. The dog is doing this to get a better understanding of its surroundings.

"I have been eating poetry." "I get on my knees and lick her hand"
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