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Unformatted text preview: Rachel Schwarz ENG 112 NF Mr. O’brien 18 January 2011 “What Doesn’t Happen” The speaker in this piece seems to be a narrator who is depicting how nervous the small George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower was before his first performance. The tone is one of anxiousness; due to the fact that the boy’s rapidly beating heart is referred to several times. The poem is chalk full of literary devices. The poem is written how the small boy would observantly view the world. When the narrator refers to the violin case in the Bridgetower’s lap, a simile compares the violin case to “an animal trapped under the hunter’s eye.” I interpreted that this suggests that the boy feels that the violin case is his sole focus and his sole purpose. Another interesting simile is the boy’s “father’s cloak folded like a bat’s tucked wing.” Both similes mentioned make reference to an animal. Bats have a negative connotation which is concurrent with previous notions of the father’s questionable...
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