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Golden Retrievals-Mark Doty

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Amber Nolen

on 27 April 2012

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Transcript of Golden Retrievals-Mark Doty

by Mark
Doty. Facts about Mark Doty:
Mark Doty was born in 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee. Making him 59 this August.
Earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drake University.
Tragic loss of his partner changed his writing.
He has written a memoir about his dog's life. "Golden Retrievals"

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention

seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.

Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh

joy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue

of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?

Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,

thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning

—tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:

to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,

my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,

entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow. Three Poetic devices:
Structure: The structure of this poem is essential to understanding the meaning of this poem. This poem is from a dog’s point of view. There are shifts within in this poem which follow the dog's concentration. This structure allows the reader to see a different perspective on life, which is uncommon in poetry.

Author’s purpose: This piece was written to reveal the thoughts of a dog trying to retrieve the attention of his owner. The author is trying to illustrate the relationship of this dog and owner which is similar to the author’s relationships with his own dogs. The reader is able to go inside the mind of a dog with a hyper active mind. They can relate if they have ever been around a young dog exploring new objects.

Audience: The audience is indicated through the thoughts of this dog. The audience is the owner of this dog which is indicated when the dog often says you and my friend. The owner will never know how the dog actually feels about him. The reader would have to have or at one point in their life owned a dog to have the reaction the author is trying to portray. Key terms from Sound & Meaning:
Onomatopoeia- words that are sounds and they describe their meaning.
Cacophony- words that are harsh or rough sounding grouped together.
Euphony-words with a pleasant sounds grouped together.
Phonetic intensives- words associated with a certain idea. Analysis of Poem:
The speaker of this poem is a dog and in this poem the dog is trying to get the owner's mind off of the past.
Onomatopoeia is used within this poem through the dog's voice.
The main idea of this poem is that the human mind is always worrying about the future rather than the present. Key concepts of sound and meaning Key points of Sound & Meaning:
Music in poetry is a combination of rhythm and sound.
Four ways a poet can enforce the meaning of a poem through music.
phonetic intensives
Cacophony and Euphony
The way the poet controls the meter.
Music in poetry has two purposes.
Reinforce meaning
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