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The Laughing Heart

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shaohao Zhang

on 4 November 2014

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Transcript of The Laughing Heart

The Laughing Heart
by Charles Bukowski

The laughing heart
your life is your life
don't let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.
structure: Parallel Structure
lines 1 and lines 16:
" your life is your life."
lines 3 and lines 8:

"be on the watch"
lines 10 and lines 11
" know them" " take them"
lines 14 and lines 15:
" the more often you learn to do it"
"the more light there will be."

Figurative Imagery
"you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you." "the gods will offer you chances"
Allusion: laughing heart--positive attitude. light--hope in your life.
Metaphor: light--hope
dark-- difficult time.
Paradox: you can beat the death in life.
Personification: your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.

Thank you
Henry Charles Bukowski was a prolific underground writer who used his his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society.
Wrote the poem in 1992
it talks about a person who is having some difficult time in their life and urges the reader to embrace life fully, and with it overcome death and by not in fear of death.
The language is modern
For example
multiple ways of interpretation.
be optimistic and try to find good in every situation.

this poem is a didactic poem because it strives to produce positive change. by choosing expressive words the author creator an urgency to promote change. The moral lesson or advice is to have a positive outlook in life and overcome fear by living fally
Voice: second person
"Your life is your life "
Tone: meditative.
Mood: hope, empowering
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