RR5 ( Antonio Griffith )

The poem “She being Brand” by e.e. cummings is about a man driving his new car and being excited to be inside of it. The way I know he is excited to have this car is when he said ” avenue I touched the accelerator and give her the juice, good( it was the first ride and believe I we was happy to see how nice”. He is describing he is happy to be driving his new car for the first time. The other association meaning most people would get from reading this people is that the man is having sex. I know the man word choice relates to sex because of it being flirtatious. How I know the poem make me feel like he is talking about sex is when the the guy says “I went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her up,slipped the clutch (and then somehow got into reverse she kicked war the hell)”.

The poem “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968” by Phillip Levine is also talking about a man in a car driving. The way I know this poem talks about cars is the word choice of using car names such as Ford, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Chevy. The poem says “Ford Rouge sulfurs the sun, Cadillac, Lincoln, Chevy gray”. Those words will are a literally associate with cars because they are car companies themselves. I get a sense of driving when the author of the poem wrote “near the freeway you stop and wonder what came off”. The guy was driving and stop or possibly still driving.

Both poems are giving hints that the car is referred as a girl because of the word “her”. The e.e. cummings poem is more of a happy and excited tone poem and the poem “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968 is more of a serious and calm tone that is somewhat depressing. One example of knowing that this poem is in a depressing tone is when the author wrote “recall the snowstorm where you lost it all, the wolverine, the northern bear, the wolf”. These animals are fierce and dangerous so no one will associate it with happiness.

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  1. rmichals

    You do a great job of citing specific passages from each poem to back up your view point.

    I am not sure of the meaning of the passage about the wolverine, etc except maybe that these wild creatures are gone.


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