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"Hate Poem" by Julie Sheehan

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Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan If you read a word you don't know, look it up! These four words are key to understanding Sheehan's message! Personification The poem! I hate you truly. Truly I do.
Everything about me hates everything about you.
The flick of my wrist hates you.
The way I hold my pencil hates you.
The sound made by my tiniest bones were they trapped
in the jaws of a moray eel hates you.
Each corpuscle singing in its capillary hates you.
Look out! Fore! I hate you.
The blue-green jewel of sock lint I’m digging
from under my third toenail, left foot, hates you.


The history of this keychain hates you.
My sigh in the background as you explain relational databases
hates you.
The goldfish of my genius hates you.
My aorta hates you. Also my ancestors.

A closed window is both a closed window and an obvious
symbol of how I hate you.
Objective observations Vocabulary Poetic devices The poem is organized into 5 stanzas.
First two lines rhyme; all other rhyme is result of several lines ending in either "you" or "hate."
Several uses of "you," "hate" and "my."
Imagery appears throughout
Poem appears to be organized as a list.


corpuscle: one of the red or white cells in the blood

hairshirt: a shirt made of rough uncomfortable cloth containing hair, worn in the past by some religious people to punish themselves

parfait: a sweet food made of layers of ice cream and fruit

duplicitous: dishonest behaviour that is intended to deceive someone

Humor The blue-green jewel of sock lint I’m digging from under my third toenail, left foot, hates you.

My voice curt as a hairshirt: hate.

Layers of hate, a parfait.





My voice curt as a hairshirt: hate.
My hesitation when you invite me for a drive: hate.
My pleasant “good morning”: hate.
You know how when I’m sleepy I nuzzle my head
under your arm? Hate.
The whites of my target-eyes articulate hate. My wit
practices it.
My breasts relaxing in their holster from morning
to night hate you.
Layers of hate, a parfait.
Hours after our latest row, brandishing the sharp glee of hate,
I dissect you cell by cell, so that I might hate each one
individually and at leisure.
My lungs, duplicitous twins, expand with the utter validity
of my hate, which can never have enough of you,
Breathlessly, like two idealists in a broken submarine. Brainteasers The tone of this poem can best be described as:

a. indifferent

b. direct

c. passionate

d. thoughtful The theme of this poem can best be described as:
a. Hatred and love are closely related and can be described in similar terms.
b. Hatred is an all-consuming emotion that one cannot escape.
c. Hatred makes people behave in unusual or even insane ways.
d. Hatred is a waste of time; people should focus their energies elsewhere. To establish the theme of the poem, Sheehan uses what literary device more than any other?

a. alliteration

b. metaphor

c. simile

d. personification
The theme of this poem can best be described as:

a. Hatred and love are closely related and can be described in similar terms.


Try replacing the word hate with love throughout the poem--it still make sense!

Example:
I love you truly. Truly I do.
Everything about me love everything about you.
The flick of my wrist love you.
The way I hold my pencil love you. The tone of this poem can best be described as:
c. passionate

Evidence:
"Everything about me hates everything about you."
"sharp glee of hate"
"the utter validity of my hate, which can never have enough of you"
etc.

To establish the theme of the poem, Sheehan uses what literary device more than any other?

d. personification

Evidence:
"Everything about me hates everything about you.The flick of my wrist hates you. The way I hold my pencil hates you.The sound made by my tiniest bones were they trapped in the jaws of a moray eel hates you. Each corpuscle singing in its capillary hates you."
Simile Imagery The flick of my wrist hates you.
The way I hold my pencil hates you. I dissect you cell by cell, so that I might hate each one
individually and at leisure. visual: audible/tactile: visual/taste: My voice curt as a hairshirt: hate.

So what? In "Hate Poem," Julie Sheehan uses personification, hyperbole, cliche, and tone to suggest that love and hate are closely related--or even interchangeable--emotions. cliche and hyperbole are used ironically (we expect a cliche to be vomitatious, but she's poking fun at hyperbolic/cliche love poetry) Hyperbole
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