Nude Descending - Barnett J. M. Barnett Prof Jones ENG 113...

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Barnett J. M. Barnett Prof Jones ENG 113 23 October 2005 Descending a Staircase in the Nude In 1961, forty-nine years after the painting was completed, poet X. J. Kennedy sat down to write the first poem, of what would become the title of his first book, “Nude Descending a Staircase.” The poems in this book would win Kennedy the Lamont Award from the Academy of American poets, and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine (Mandelstam 2034). Marcel Duchamp’s painting attempts to capture continuous motion with overlapping cubic figures, and Kennedy attempts to convey that same feeling with his words. It was important to Kennedy to not lose Duchamp’s rough cubist overlap in his poem. He succeeded, using the theme of a cheerful, worry-free woman descending a staircase with elegance much like Duchamp’s brush strokes. The figurative language Kennedy uses vividly illustrates each precise step the woman takes. In the first line of the poem Kennedy uses internal rhyme and a metaphor saying “Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh”. Snow falls from the sky leisurely and beautifully, which is exactly what we imagine the woman doing. Regardless of if the woman is pretty or not, we cannot help but imagine this beautiful woman walking slowly
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