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The Day by Geoffrey Brock

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Transcript of The Day by Geoffrey Brock

The Day
The Day

by Geoffrey Brock
by Geoffrey Brock
Poetry Analysis:
Poetry Analysis:
by Marvin Manalo
by Marvin Manalo
It hangs on its
stem like a
plum
at the edge of a
darkening thicket.

and just when I
think my fingers
might seize that

sweetness
at last


the gentlest of

breezes
rises
and the plum lets
go of   the stem.
And now it’s my
fingers ripening
and
evening
that’s
reaching for them.
It’s swelling and

blushing
and ripe
and I reach out a
hand to pick it

but flesh moves
slow through time
and
evening
comes on fast

About the Poet
About the Poet
Atlanta, Georgia in 1964. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 1998. He also holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. His first collection of poetry, Weighing Light, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize in 2004.
Geoffrey Brock was born in
He has also won a number of prizes
and fellowships for his multiple translations. He currently lives in Arkansas with his wife, Ryan Eary, and their 17 children.
Poem Analysis
Poem Analysis
"It hangs on its stem like a plum
at the edge of a darkening thicket."
This first stanza of the poem introduces readers to the simile that resonates throughout the poem, of a day to a growing plum.
"It’s swelling and blushing and ripe
and I reach out a hand to pick it"
The speaker of the poem continues to compare a day to a plum, describing how luscious and enticing a growing plum looks, while at the same time describing the beauty of the start of a new day.
"but flesh moves slow through time
and evening comes on fast"
However, the speaker then contrasts the span of a day to a plum, explaining how the shelf life of [fruits] is realistically longer than a day (24 hours).
"and just when I think my fingers
might seize that sweetness at last"
Considering the shortness of a day, the speaker describes their grasp of the plum..
(If read with the proper intonation and rhythm, this line evokes a climax-like expression)
"the gentlest of breezes rises
and the plum lets go of   the stem."


Continuing on from the previous stanza, this line further emphasizes the shortness of a day by illustrating how before the speaker even realizes it, the plum is already whisked away by the light wind.
"And now it’s my fingers ripening
and evening that’s reaching for them."

Finally, before the speaker even has the opportunity to withhold the plum (or seize the day), evening already begins, and the speaker's hands slowly age, awaiting the start of a new day, or a fresh plum.
Theme
Theme
As my explanation and analysis of the poem
conclude, the overall theme of this poem is
about how people should pursue their day (or more
specifically their life) to the fullest and take extreme
advantage of it, because before you may even
realize it, time will be winding down, and the day [or your lifespan] will be over.
Poetic Devices
Poetic Devices
Form
Rhyme Scheme
Tone
Imagery
Fig. Language
6 stanzas; 24 lines
Image of the growing and picking of a plum in stanzas 1, 2, 4, and 5
Craving and desirous in stanzas 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6; anxious in stanza 3;
"It [the day] hangs on its stem like a plum" (line 1)
"..seize that sweetness.." (lines 15-16)
"..evening that's reaching for them" (lines 23-24)
Simile
Alliteration
Personification
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