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Unformatted text preview: Reacting to the poem, Tuesday 9:00 AM by Denver Butson, I think that each of the characters such as the burning man, drowning woman, and freezing woman, are not literally burning, freezing, or drowning, but instead represent something else. They could either represent feelings: fire=anger or feeling good "I'm on fire!", drowning= drowning in tears, sadnesss, freezing= shocked and immobile. Another representation of this could be that each of these characters need each other. The freezing woman needs the fire man to melt the ice and the fire man needs the drowning woman to put out the fire. But none of these characters in the poem end up helping each others. This could mean that generally people dont help others because they have problems of their own to deal with but if you help out someone, good things could come back around and help you. The only part that was confusing to me was in the last stanza about the bus driver when he said that he didnt know if the man who got off at the last stop was being mauled by dogs. Im sure there is great meaning behind it, but I could not figure it out for myself. Personal Reaction: I have never read any of Denver Butson's poetry before, so i thought i would...
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- Spring '08