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After us by Connie Wanek

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Transcript of After us by Connie Wanek

After us
Rain is falling through the roof.
And all that prospered under the sun,
the books that opened in the morning
and closed at night, and all day
turned their pages to the light;

the sketches of boats and strong forearms
and clever faces, and of fields (Repetition)
and barns, and of a bowl of eggs,
and lying across the piano
the silver stick of a flute; everything

invented and imagined,
everything whispered and sung,
all silenced by cold rain.

The sky is the color of gravestones. (Imagery)
The rain tastes like salt, and rises (Simile)
in the streets like a ruinous tide.
We spoke of millions, of billions of years.
We talked and talked.

Then a drop of rain fell
into the sound hole of the guitar, another
onto the unmade bed. And after us,
the rain will cease or it will go on falling,
even upon itself.
The five lines of stand out in the poem
"
The sky is the color of gravestones.
The rain tastes
like salt, and rises
in the streets
like a ruinous tide.
We spoke of millions, of billions of years.
We talked and talked."


Hidden information
"The sky is the color of
gravestones
.
The rain tastes
like salt, and rises
"
Connie Wanek
About the poet who names Connie Wanek:She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1989 she moved with her family to Duluth, Minnesota where she now lives.
After us by Connie Wanek
Awards
1.Willow Poetry Prize
2.Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize.
3.2006 Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress by United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
4.2009 George Morrison Artist of the Year
The poem begins to go into a darker tone, one that is almost hopeless and filled with sorrow.She begins this change with a metaphor which compares the color of the sky to the color of gravestones, which paints the picture of death.
There are five salient points in her life:
Red colour:Key phrases or words
Metaphor:

In my opinion,the tone of the poem is dreary,the poet uses rain to symbolize tears. In addition,The rain is destroying everything. So that's reason why "the rain
tastes like salt
"
Theme of the poem
In the end,the theme of the poem is Rain can symbolize many things like hope and renewal, but in this case, destruction.
End!!!!!!!!
This poem is free verse
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