“she being brand” by e.e cummings is a¬†poem about¬†a¬†man describing his experience¬†driving his new¬†car for¬†the first time, which he metaphorically compares it to his¬†sexual experience with a¬†woman and being new could mean she’s a virgin. ¬†By “having throughly oiled the universal/ joint¬†tested my gas felt of¬†her/ radiator made sure her springs were O./¬†K.)i went right to it flooded-the-carburetor cranked her,”¬†the¬†man make sure that he’ll be gentle with her as he doesn’t want to damage her on his¬†first attempt.¬†The tone of the poem¬†seems that the speaker is¬†excited about the ride as¬†it¬†says that¬†“it was the first ride and believe I we was/ happy to see how nice and acted right up to/¬†the last minute coming back down.”


“Coming Home, Detroit, 1968” by Phillip Levine is a poem that has a dark¬†tone that talks about a man driving home to¬†Detroit, he¬†witness the¬†industrial negativity¬†that has hit his hometown.¬†Because¬†“we burn this city every day,” we have damage the environment as “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 colour of iron.‚ÄĚ


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