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Eating Poetry

The most prevalent literary device in this poem is metaphor. Metaphor is when a poet describes an idea that is a comparison; in this case poems are compared to food. You cannot literally eat...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2011, 1:53 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In the poem "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand, the narrator becomes so happy by absorbing poetry that he transforms into a dog. The librarian is presented by the poet as a contrasting character. She...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021, 1:49 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

If we look at this poem literally, we find a librarian in a library witnessing some crazy events. First, she sees a man eating books. Then, she sees mad dogs running up the basement stairs. Lastly,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In both the first and last stanzas, Mark Strand uses the metaphor of being a dog to describe his love of poetry. A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words like or as. Strand's speaker...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 4:12 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In “Eating Poetry,” Mark Strand expresses the reading of poetry as a life-changing, joyous experience. In the poem’s opening stanza, Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.There is no happiness...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

"Eating poetry" is an odd image that we usually do not relate to reading a poem. It conjures a vision of tearing a page of poetry from a book, chewing it up, and swallowing it. Strand's speaker...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

If we take Mark Strand's “Eating Poetry” as an extended metaphor for the joys of reading, then we can certainly see the reaction of the librarian to the speaker's devouring of books in ironic...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2021, 8:38 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In this poem, the speaker has been in a library, reading poetry. The speaker calls what he is doing "eating" poetry, rather than reading. This unusual turn of phrase captures our attention in a...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

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...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

Mark Strand’s poem “Eating Poetry” describes his transformative elation at reading poetry. The title seems like it has metaphorical meaning, until the reader realizes that he literally ingests the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 11:53 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

Strand's diction, as in most of his poems, is quirky and informal. First, Strand's poem is essentially a single, extended metaphor. In the poem, the poet has been transformed into a naughty dog...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2021, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

"Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand has what is called an irregular rhyme scheme. That means, rather than regular rhymes at the end of each line, a free-verse rhythm is established. In regular rhyming...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In the third stanza of “Eating Poetry,” the mood shifts from unbridled elation to surreal unease. After the speaker happily devours pages of poetry and disappoints the librarian with his behavior,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2021, 3:53 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

The most likely message that Mark Strand is trying to communicate in his poem is the joyous experience that reading really good poetry often can be for people. When you read a really good poem,...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2009, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In Mark Strand’s poem “Eating Poetry,” the speaker describes his jubilation at reading and then literally devouring poetry in a library. So inspired by the words and images, he cannot help himself...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 3:17 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

Mark Strand begins his poem "Eating Poetry" with a surprising image: Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. The happiness of the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020, 11:42 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

In the opening stanza of the poem the speaker proclaims, "There is no happiness like mine. / I have been eating poetry." This could be read as a metaphor for the speaker's excessive fondness for...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2021, 11:02 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

Regarding the style of "Eating Poetry," one could classify it according to the genre of poetry, the movement, or the mood and tone. All of these are ways of addressing the "style" of a given poem....

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

I did a poetry unit with my class where each day was dedicated to a different sense. On the day we wrote about sound, I played clips of different types of sound effects and songs for them. The...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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Eating Poetry

I like what you are saying about "entering the belly of the beast." There is something almost subconscious or unconscious that happens at the moment of creation, whatever the medium may be. As...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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