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Unformatted text preview: wonder of big dreams by calling attention to terrible, impervious troubles of stinky food and piling garbage. The third and fourth stanzas call attention to the letter w: “even if we were willing…warm it…we wonder…we think of lukewarm water…” (Brooks, lines 8-13). W, a much warmer and mellower sound, appears when the narrator speaks of following dreams (though in the fourth stanza she quickly retracts the prospect). Therefore, the alliteration of the letter W serves to highlight the thin line between reality and dream that is being challenged in Brooks’ poem. As Brooks’ narrator lives in a dream in the third stanza, (in which W is prevalent), and in the fourth stanza, (also in which W appears), she dismisses dreams for reality which knocks obtrusively, “since Number Five is out of the bathroom now” (Brooks, line 12). Alliteration, therefore, signifies both dream, reality, and ultimately fuses dream and reality in Brooks’ “kitchenette building”....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course ENGLISH 200 taught by Professor Rachelmordecai during the Fall '10 term at UMass (Amherst).
- Fall '10