In the poem "Buffalo Bill 's," how does the use of spacing affect your reading of the poem? Was this method effective? Did you enjoy this poem?  

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Visually, the spacing in this poem seems to achieve two ends:  it is a reflection both of Buffalo Bill’s career and his sharpshooting act, as well as a succinct plotline in itself.  The lines forge a quick path ahead, becoming more and more deeply indented from the left margin.  The words “onetwothreefourfive…pigeonsjustlikethat,” symbolize the speed with which Buffalo Bill shot the (most likely clay) pigeons at rodeo shows, by leaving no spaces between the words – no room to breathe between shots.  This in turn could symbolize the climax and brevity of his career.  The easternmost line in the poem consists of a single word:  “Jesus,” an exclamation that brings us away from the man’s actions and back to himself, “a handsome man.”  And after another indented line, we come full circle, back to the fact...

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