Today we have learned something about metaphor. There are differences between metaphor and similes. Similes are something you can compare, and metaphor is something you can actually feel from the reading. We did two poetry reading. The first one is called ” she being Brand “. The whole tonality of this poem is very positive and very excited. At the end of the poem, we can know that this poem is describing a man first time driving a car. We can tell that the man is the first time driving this car by ” thoroughly oiled the universal joint tested my gas felt of her radiator made sure her spring were O.K. ” We can also feel the excitement  in the poem, the writer says ” and then somehow got into reverse she kicked what the hell ” Here we can tell how much nervousness and excitement it is.

Then the second poem is called “Coming home, Detroit ” After reading this poem, we can feel the tonality is totally different from the first one we read. The tonality of this poem is very cold and sad.  We try to pull out the history behind this poem and study more about it. There was a big new back then, people were trying to burn down the buildings and destroying things.  At that day, it was the same day the writer coming back from by driving his car. We have an image by the writer says ” pouring fire ” and ” The fat stacks of breweries hold their tongues.” The writer expresses the sad feeling by what he is seeing in the car ” One brown child stares and stares into your frozen eyes until the lights change and you go forward to work ” This sentence just make a strong image into my brain, a child is staring at my face, and his eyes are full of sadness, no smile, maybe there is helpless in his eyes. This sentence rises up the sadness. Therefore, from these two poems, we can tell that metaphor is very important for our writing, or sometimes even when we are communicating. Metaphor makes people feel, and also it can make connection between different things.

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  1. rmichals

    Yes, metaphors make people feel! that is why they are some important in poetry, advertising, photography or any creative media.

    It is important that it is a child in the Levine poem that stares and stares at us. A child that we drive by. in the poem, we do not stop to help or interact with the child. the lights change and we drive on leaving the child behind with the charred faces, the eyes boarded up. I think this is a strong metaphor that we don’t try to do anything to make things better. We accept the social injustice and the environmental degradation and we just keep driving.


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