ENGL 584 DB Walcott Bukowski Ginsburg Poems - Dicussion Board Day XII Bukowski Ginsberg Walcott(Due 4\/15 by noon Key Terms landscape the Beats Queer

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Dicussion Board Day XII: Bukowski, Ginsberg, Walcott (Due 4/15 by noon) Key Terms: landscape, the Beats, Queer Theory, postcolonialism 1. Discuss the form and structure of each poem. Derek Walcott’s poem, “The Schooner Flight,” is a long lyric. The poem has 486 lines that are broken down into 11 sections. This, combined with the fact that it is about a dramatic voyage, gives the poem the feeling that it is an epic. It is told by Shabine from the first person perspective, except for the last line: “Shabine sang to you from the depths of thesea.” (486). The poem's beginning illustrates how Walcott makes this long narrative flow with a lyrical rhythm.In idle August, while the sea soft, and leaves of brown islands stick to the rim of this Caribbean, I blow out the light by the dreamless face of Maria Concepcion to ship as a seaman on the schooner Flight. (2-6)In these opening lines of the poem, the rhymes light/flightare minimized by Walcott’s use of enjambment. The line that ends in light doesn’t have a break and it continues over the next two lines. This gives it a sense of drama, and it rushes the poem along as if someone is telling a story. The other literary device he uses that gives this poem a lyrical rhythm is alliteration. In the opening lines, the repeated sound of S’s: sea/soft/stick/seaman/schoonerpushes the flow of the poem. The Caribbean vernacular in the opening lines also gives the reader an immediate feeling of intimacy with Shabine – he is telling the story in the colorful way he naturally speaks.“True Story” by Charles Bukowski is a narrative, free verse poem with 46 lines broken down into 7 sections. Bukowski uses enjambment with a series of sentences broken down into the seven sections. The sentences accentuate the story. One of the stanza goes: “and he put part of him / in one pocket and / part of him in / another / and that's how they found him, / walking / along. It has short lines – in this section three lines were just one word. The way the sentences are clipped or stretched gives the reader a sense that someoneis telling a story about something really crazy that he saw; and he is smoking a cigarette or sitting at a bar, drinking and trying to steady himself, while he tells what he saw. “Hospital Window” by Allen Ginsberg is 38 lines and is written in a modern style. Ginsburg uses enjambment to give the reader a sense that they are hearing a conversation. He describes the “Fresh warm breeze in the window, day's release / >from pain, cars float downside the bridge trestle / and uncounted building-wall windows multiplied a mile (33-

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