Khyriel Palmer_Reading Response 5

In the poem “she being Brand” by e.e. cummings, he describes driving this new car as if he was having sex for the first time. Explaining how lost and confused he was because he was a new driver. You notice that when he states, “I went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her up, slipped the clutch (and then somehow got into reverse she kicked what the hell) next minute i was back in the neutral tried and slo-wly; bare,ly nudg. ing.” But in the end he got the hang of it all and you can tell he is eager to go for another drive.

In the poem “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968” by Phillip Levine, he describes driving a car through his hometown Detroit during a racial riot. The tone from it is serious and you notice that when he states, “The charred faces,  the eyes boarded up, the rubble of innards, the cry of wet smoke hanging in your throat, the twisted river stopped at the color of iron.”

Cummings has a unique format when he wrote his poem while Levine has a normal format for his poem. Cummings was more sexual while Levine has a more serious tone throughout his poem.


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