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Unformatted text preview: With the millions of poems that have been published over the years, many of them try tom impart certain ideas or philosophies unto the reader. Carl Sandburg concisely summarizes this with his statement “Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.” As a reader digests more and more poetry, one begins to amass a collection from the ideas of these poems. Ideas such as a need for acceptance, or desire to escape, or the effect of an environment on a subject all appear in the poems “Dolor,” by Theodore Roethke, and “The Fawn”, by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and lend themselves to having a place in that ever- present “packsack of invisible keepsakes”. This is especially emphasized through devices such as imagery and poem structure. The poem Dolor is largely a protest of industrialization and an observation of the effect a boring, white-washed existence can have on an individual. Roethke, the poet, writes of the danger of an industrialized life: “And I have seen dust from the walls of institutions,/Finer than flour, alive, more dangerous than...
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- Winter '11
- Poetry, Carl Sandburg, clear eyes, certain ideas, St. Vincent Millay, certain writing style