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The Base Stealer

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Dayton Pearce

on 2 February 2014

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Transcript of The Base Stealer

The Base Stealer
By Robert Francis

The literal and figurative meaning:
The literal meaning of this poem, is a baseball player deciding or not to steal a base. In the end he decides to make a run for the next base to steal it. There is figurative language in this poem because there are a few similes, and similes are a type of figurative language. So when the poem says "pulled both ways taut like a tightrope-walker" it means the base stealer is deciding either to go steal the next base or not risk it at all, but that simile just makes it more descriptive.
The Poem "The Base Stealer" is about baseball. The setting of his poem is a baseball game on the field. It is being narrated in 3rd person most likely from a fan in the stands who is really into the game. The title has much to do with the poem because the poem is about a base stealer. When writing the poem Robert makes the speaker seem excited, suspenseful, and hopeful.
Poetic Elements of The Base Stealer
The Base Stealer has many poetic elements. The main poetic elements would be simile and repetition. There are three similes. For example, "hovers like a ecstatic bird" another is "pulled both ways taut like a tightrope-walker" the last simile is "now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball" this simile means that the runner is slowly making his way to steal the next base. Repetition is used in this poem a few times, like "Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate now!" is a goo example of repetition because the same word is being repeated. So overall, simile ad repetition are the main poetic elements of "The Base Stealer" by Robert Francis
The Base Stealer
By Robert Francis
Poised between going on and back, pulled
Both ways taut like a tightrope-walker,
Fingertips pointing the opposites,
Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball
5 Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on,
Running a scattering of steps sidewise,
How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,
Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,
He’s only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,
10 Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate now!

The poem "The Base Stealer" By Robert Francis was most likely written between the 1940s and 1950s. There wee not many to no reliable and good sources on the history of this poem.
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