Monday, September 24, 2012

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

First time hearing “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” in class was a bit much to take in. Even now rereading it, it takes awhile to decipher it, but I do believe the poem is worth dissecting. The poem reflects its respective art movement, futurism, emphasize on natural and manmade forms. Half of the stanzas observe a black bird literal; others are more indirect, like “the shadow of his equipage” (Probably my favorite section). The poem is presented in a cycle; beginning with the blackbird in nature then mingles with human interaction in Connecticut then back to the blackbird in the wilderness. The word play of the poem allows the mind to wander and fill in the gap. The interactive media of the poem is a nifty concept, some of the imagery was far from what I envisioned. 

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