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Cartoon Physics, Part 1
Transcript of Cartoon Physics, Part 1
By: Nick Flynn
-Molly, Hannah, Jesse
Children should remain ignorant of the harsh realities of life. Children learn about life through the cartoons they watch. They are taught that help always comes, that heroes always win, and the fall doesn't come until after you realized your mistakes, and even though its all false, its good to remain a child.
The Author is the speaker. He creates a tone of reflection, wonder, and melancholy. He tries to convey the possibility of a loss of innocence as well as the percpective of children and their hopeful poitn of view. it is when you are a child that you can believe in anything.
The shifts from the beginning where there is a sense of wonder and endless possibilities, with discussion of the infinite universe. But takes a shift of a melancholoy tone when it begins discussing the saviors and failures of cartoon world. it discusses the unrealistic aspects of life that cartoons teach children.
The meaning of the title of the poem, has changed for me since first beginning. The poem was focused on children. but more so on the unrealistic life lessons that cartoon teach children.
The theme of the poem is hope. Children have an unbridled capacity for hope, and the poem is trying to get across that children are taught that as long as you hope, things will work out. That life is predictable, when that is exactly the opposite. The theme could be hope, or more accurately the idea of false-hope.
Poet and memoirist Nick Flynn was born in Scituate, Massachusetts. His debut poetry collection, Some Ether, won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Flynn teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, and splits his time between Houston and Brooklyn, New York.
Cartoon Physics gave the impression that the poem focuses on children. Physics tell us how things move and the forces that push movement. So we assumed the poem was about a child's perspective on how you move through life.
The author repeats "ten-year-old" many times over throughout the poem. This emphasizes the innocence of the youth.
The author also uses descriptive words to create strong imagery within the poem, as well as create the tone of the poem, with a child like wonder.