In terms of an extended metaphor, what happens to the poems that are gone in line 7 of "Eating Poetry"?

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In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker explains that he has been "eating poetry." The ink from the poems runs down his chin, and he is happy and satisfied like someone who has just eaten a delicious meal. In the second stanza, the speaker describes the librarian's reaction....

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In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker explains that he has been "eating poetry." The ink from the poems runs down his chin, and he is happy and satisfied like someone who has just eaten a delicious meal. In the second stanza, the speaker describes the librarian's reaction. She is dismayed, incredulous, and sad.

The first line of the third stanza (the seventh line of the poem) states, "The poems are gone." From the speaker's perspective, this means that the poems are gone in the same way that food is gone after it has been eaten. The speaker is likely still digesting the poems, as one digests food, so the poems still exist in some form. But they no longer exist as poems.

From the librarian's perspective, the poems are gone completely, in every possible, meaningful form or way in which they might exist. For the speaker, the poems still exist in his digestive system, but, more importantly, they still exist in the happiness and contentment that he feels having eaten them. As long as that happiness lasts, the poems will still exist, in a meaningful form, for the speaker. For the librarian, however, they have disappeared and no longer exist anywhere. The darkness described in line eight alludes to the fact that the figurative light produced by these poems has, for the librarian at least, disappeared.

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