The Whipping Poetry Response

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The Whipping Poetry Response Gwen Day 2/29/12 The narrator in this poem is watching a boy being beaten by an older woman. The violence of the whipping is illuminated throughout the poem. In the first stanza, the word “again” shows that this domestic violence is chronic, always occurring. As the woman praises herself, she condemns the boy for his “wrongs” to the whole neighborhood. In the second stanza, we are given the visual of an old fat woman waddling after the boy, who is running through a garden of elephant ears and zinnias. He is pleading for dear life. Surely, his little heart is broken as he cannot escape the cruel punishment. The woman is pictured as older, so it is not his mother. However, it is his grandmother. In the third stanza, the alliteration “she strikes and strikes” give the reader the rhythm of the actual blow after blow the boy is receiving. Each strike can be imagined. The extreme force is shown as the “stick breaks” from the amount of shear power in a strike. The speaker reveals to
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Day during the Fall '12 term at Cooper Union.

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