Entry 5 - John Malloy Portfolio 5 Entry 5 What does it Mean...

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John Malloy Portfolio 5, Entry 5 “What does it Mean,” by John Malloy “What does it Mean,” by John Malloy, is a poem meant to convey the feelings of a student toward poetry. The main focus of the poem is an essay the student wrote about another poem. The persona emits feelings of despair as it “sat there, head hung low.” As the poem continues, though, the persona gives of a mixture of emotions, though ultimately ending again with despair. Throughout the main body of the poem, Malloy speaks of the bizarre plot of the toad poem. Just as the toad’s leg is “rent” from its body, the persona shows empathy by saying “Oh my God.” The persona then races to decipher the true meaning of the poem, only to face the reality that he will never know. From the onset, Malloy uses very strong imagery. The first two lines give off a strong sense of frustration and despair. By observing how “The sands of time continued to flow,” Malloy instills images of time going by excruciatingly slow, but steadily. The persona continues showing its emotions as it
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Entry 5 - John Malloy Portfolio 5 Entry 5 What does it Mean...

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