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"Eating Poetry"

Flames do much harm, and get stronger as they go. This poem represents jsut that.
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Kat Bartoszek

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of "Eating Poetry"

"Eating Poetry"
By: Mark Strand

"Eating Poetry"
Ink runs
from the
corner of my mouth
.
There is no happiness
like
mine.
I have been
eating poetry
.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her
eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The
dogs are on the basement stairs
and coming up.

Their
eyeballs roll
,
their blond legs burn
like
brush.
The poor librarian begins to
stamp her feet
and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and
lick her hand
,
she screams.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark
Stanza 1
Stanza 2
Line 1:The librarian is stunned while watching all of the books and hard work go to waste in the fire.
Ink runs from the corner of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
Symbol/Imagery/Hyberbole
Point Of View
Point of view is the perspective in which a story is told in.
Situation
Theme Of The Poem
The theme is what the story is trying to tell/teach you, almost like a moral, lesson, or main/central idea.
Line 1: The ink represents the lines in the poems/stories. The mouth represents the fire. The fire is consuming the books, pieces of ash running freely.
Stanza 6
I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark.
Line 1: The fire is engulfed the library in flames. The fire also consumed more books, comsuming more knowledge.
Line 2: The burning flame is happy (delighted) that he is consuming the books and gaining their knowledge along with them.
Line 3: The fire has been eating poetry, but he has been consuming it with flames, destroying the collection while consuming the knowledge.
Conclusion of Stanza 1: Although it may not seem true, a fire is eating poetry, which brings the flames happiness. "Eating Poetry" means that the fire is destroying the books of literature in the library, consuming their knowledge as the fire does so.
Stanza 3
The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.
Line 2: The flames rise higher and crackle.
Line 3: The fire is finally being put out, and all of the books are burned.
Stanza 4
Stanza 5
The poem is being told in the view of the raging fire. He describes his actions and he describes the emotions of the people around him. He also describes the events going on. The story is being told in first person, meaning he is the main character and he is telling the events.
The situation describes what is going on in the story, like a main or central idea.
She doesn't understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
she screams.
Line 1: The fire is going up and the librarian is shocked. She cannot believe what is happening
Line 1:The poems are all destroyed and there are no remains of them in the library.
Line 2 and 3: The fire reaches the librarian and it touches her hand, burning her, causing her to scream.
The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.
In this poem, a huge raging fire raises in a library, destroying/burning all the literature within. The flames leave the librarian distraught, yet makes himself happy that he has consumed all the poetry that the library had to offer. He consumed not only the books, but the knowledge within, which made him a stronger fire.
Line 2:She is sad because as the fire is spreading,the books and poems are being destroyed and this symbolizes the importance of education and learning.
Line 3:The librarian is showing her sadness by putting her hands in her dress and she also doesn't want to get burnt in the fire.
Line 2:The lights represent knowledge and the light was dimmed (dim:make or becoming less bright)
Line 3:The dogs represent the firefighters coming to save the remains and the librarian.
Symbol/Imagery
Simile
Personification
Symbol
Hyperbole/Symbol
Their eyeballs roll,
Their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.
Simile
Imagery
Line 1:The fire keeps on burning
Imagery
Line 2:The flames of the fire are burning and destroying everything in it's way; while at the same time hurting whatever it touches (its burning like a brush-or hurting a lot)
Thanks For Watching
Line 3:All of the destruction going on and the loss of the books and poems are making the librarian cry and stamp her feet from frustration and sadness
The theme of the poem is that consuming knowledge can make you a stronger, smarter person. Another theme could be that without knowledge, we are weak. The author is trying to make a point, the point that knowledge is vital, and we are the fire, consuming the written literature, and swapping it with technology.
Theme: Knowledge makes for a stronger person
Conclusion of Stanza 4:
The fire continues to destroy, hurt, and burn anything that is nearby. After seeing what the fire is doing, the librarian begins to cry and stamp her feet out of frustration and sadness.
Alternate Title
An alternate title is another title that appropriately fits the story.
Ink runs
from the
corner of my mouth
.
There is no happiness
like
mine.
I have been
eating poetry
.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her
eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The
dogs are on the basement stairs
and coming up.

Their
eyeballs roll
,
their blond legs burn
like
brush.
The poor librarian begins to
stamp her feet
and weep.

She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and
lick her hand
,
she screams.

I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark
"Eating Poetry
Let's Annotate It !
Alternate Title 1: The Consumption Of Knowledge
Alternate Title 2: The Demise Of Knowledge
Alternate Title 3: The Destruction of Knowledge: Consumed By Flames
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