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Analysis of Baseball-May Swenson

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Poem Meaning May Swenson made the elements of baseball come to life. It makes you feel as if you are at a game. For example, "ball doesn't hit ball, ball meets it." A bat does not physically meet the baseball, it makes contact with the ball under command of the person swinging the bat. She is saying that baseball has much more to it than what appears on the surface. It is a lot more of a mental game than people think. Since she doesn't say anything about the other team or competing she is trying to get the readers to realize that it isn't all about winning, it's about having fun. The poem is long and skinny representing a baseball bat. Author Bio May Swenson was an American poet and playwright.
She was considered one of the most important and
original poets of the 20th century. She became known for her playful poems about everything from DNA to baseball to astronauts. She was born on May 28, 1913 in Logan, Utah and died on December 4, 1989 in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Reading of the Poem Poetic Elements Personification: For example, "Bat doesn't hit ball, bat meets it" or "Bat waits for ball to mate. Ball hates to take bat's bait." She is giving the bat human characteristics in both of these examples.
Onomatopoeia: For example, the words Dud, Thwack, and Pow are all examples of onomatopoeias in this poem.
Imagery: "It's about the ball, the bat, the mitt, the bases, and the fans. That's about the bases loaded, 40,000 fans exploded." These give you a great feel for the game and make you feel as if you are at a game.
Tone: Fun and excitement about the game.
Mood: It makes you feel like you're watching the game, feeling excited waiting for what will happen.
This poem is a free verse. Personal Response Universal Meaning Baseball is supposed to be watched and played for the love of the game. Analysis of Baseball
Author: May Swenson by: Judd White I like this poem because it is very basic, yet it still
describes what baseball is all about all while not saying anything about competition. This poem is kind of saying that it is about the love of the game, and that winning isn't everything. This poem is also connected to the movie Sandlot in a way. They both portray baseball as a game of fun rather than of great competition. I like it when it says, "Bat's late, don't keep the date." I like that because it is very important in baseball to not let the past get to you, you have to stay focused on the next play. Sources http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/168

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/168 Title Meaning Analysis- detailed explanation of the elements or structure of something, typically as a basis for discussion or interpretation.
-The title represents that she is going to explain how the game of baseball is played and what it is all about. It also tells us that she will give us her thoughts on the game and how it should be thought of.
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