November 30, 2004

Faces staring back

Has anyone ever wondered what life would be like if we were all the same and had all the same characteristics? I have and frankly it bores me. Robinson brings to us the ability to look at the different sides of people. Through poems like Eben Flood and Richard Corey he shows the down sides to people's emotions.

Being a person that has never really understood poetry outside of using it to express some severe emotion that I am feeling at the time, I really did enjoy reading the poetry written by Robinson. He was able to keep the images flowing in my mind and I felt like I was able to see what was going on in the poems. The two aforementioned poems have to be my favorite. They were sad, but had a humorous twist to them as well.

Let me start off my talking about Richard Corey. When I first read this poem all I could think of was a Hollywood star that was in a sleepy little town to shoot a movie. I would never have believed that he would commit suicide. Cory seemed like one of those people that loved himself and loved the attention that he was getting from the town. It didn't seem like anyone hated him. I mean in the second stanza lines 7 and 8 Robinson says: "But still he fluttered pulses when he said,/"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked." I like the fact that Linda also states that "Richard Corey is so skilled at projecting the image of success and satisfaction that he is admired and envied by all." How can someone so loved and liked commit suicide? I'm still baffled.

Next let me talk about Mr. Flood's Party. I could not help but laugh all the way through this poem. Robinson does such an amazing job capturing the image of a guy sitting on his back porch drinking from a jug by himself and talking to himself that I felt like I was hiding in the woods somewhere watching the whole story take place. The care that Robinson took in describing exactly how Mr. Flood set down the jug "as a mother lays her sleeping child (Line 25)" just blew me away.

The care to which Robinson took in describing these two characters and all the other characters in his poems makes me believe that he wanted people that read his poetry to make connections to their own lives. It makes me wonder if any of you were able to make these connections. Let me know what you think.

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at November 30, 2004 2:10 PM

Hey Tiff,

I have often wondered what it would be like to have an identical twin. I totally agree that if everyone looked the same, why yes it might be boring. What if everyone looked the same but had different personalities? What if we were born into a world where everyone was identical. would we feel like things are weird or just not right, or would we just feel like things are normal because everyone is born into the same world?
What about animals? For example, deer and cows. Basically these grazing animals appear much alike to eachother. OK, maybe their differences are in size, but basically their appearences are very close to being identical.
Now, wait a minute. Maybe I am thinking too much. Really though, could we really have a world where everything was the same. I mean everything would have to be one color. Would we have night and day, an alphabet, a number system, or days of the month. Would we be able to learn from others?
This is completely crazy!!! Ok, I really couldn't imagine everyone being the same. Life would be very dapper. There's just no way.
You know, when you either are told or you just hear someone say to another, "Wow, you really look like someone I know." I always have people coming up to me saying that I look like someone. And there are times when i think the same thing. Just the other day, I was talking to someone and this person was saying that her sister is an artist, who explained to her that
when artists from centuries ago were painting and doing to work in sculpture of people, that there are supposed to be 10 distinct faces of both sexes. Each person is a variation of these 10 faces, and this is why there are people who appear to look like someone else. If you think about, artists who worked with drawing peoples characteristics as a continuous job, they would be experts in people's every similarity as well as differences. This is great!! Thanks Tiffany. I had so much fun talking about this.

Posted by: ShannaDeFrances at December 1, 2004 10:40 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my post. You have some great insights there. I never knew about that whole 10 faces thing.


Posted by: Tiffany at December 1, 2004 1:34 PM
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