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I hope I came to the right place. I'm a tad bit new with poetry and I have to figure out the metaphors in this poem and the meaning it can possibly give.. May you please help.. And help me with a thesis for this poem for my poetry analysis paper


Beauty by tony Hoagland
When the medication she was taking
caused tiny vessels in her face to break,
leaving faint but permanent blue stitches in her cheeks,
my sister said she knew she would
never be beautiful again.

After all those years
of watching her reflection in the mirror,
sucking in her stomach and standing straight,
she said it was a relief,
being done with beauty,

but I could see her pause inside that moment
as the knowledge spread across her face
with a fine distress, sucking
the peach out of her lips,
making her cute nose seem, for the first time,
a little knobby.

I’m probably the only one in the whole world
who actually remembers the year in high school
she perfected the art
of being a dumb blond,

spending recess on the breezeway by the physics lab,
tossing her hair and laughing that canary trill
which was her specialty,

while some football player named Johnny
with a pained expression in his eyes
wrapped his thick finger over and over again
in the bedspring of one of those pale curls.

Or how she spent the next decade of her life
auditioning a series of tall men,
looking for just one with the kind
of attention span she could count on.

Then one day her time of prettiness
was over, done, finito,
and all those other beautiful women
in the magazines and on the streets
just kept on being beautiful
everywhere you looked,

walking in that kind of elegant, disinterested trance
in which you sense they always seem to have one hand
touching the secret place
that keeps their beauty safe,
inhaling and exhaling the perfume of it—

It was spring. Season when the young
buttercups and daisies climb up on the
mulched bodies of their forebears
to wave their flags in the parade.

My sister just stood still for thirty seconds,
amazed by what was happening,
then shrugged and tossed her shaggy head
as if she was throwing something out,

something she had carried a long ways,
but had no use for anymore,
now that it had no use for her.
That, too, was beautiful.
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Sorry, I have my own homework, Big Grin, but that's my third Hoagland today, my least favorite, but still an interesting read. Thanks for posting it. Smile
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(03-23-2014, 09:59 PM)ellajam Wrote:  Sorry, I have my own homework, Big Grin, but that's my third Hoagland today, my least favorite, but still an interesting read. Thanks for posting it. Smile

Ha ha Ella, this is probably the 6th or 7th time I have seen someone post for help on their assignment, but only on this poetry site and not on others that I was on in the past. These requests speak to the caliber of poets here.
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(03-23-2014, 10:52 PM)ChristopherSea Wrote:  
(03-23-2014, 09:59 PM)ellajam Wrote:  Sorry, I have my own homework, Big Grin, but that's my third Hoagland today, my least favorite, but still an interesting read. Thanks for posting it. Smile

Ha ha Ella, this is probably the 6th or 7th time I have seen someone post for help on their assignment, but only on this poetry site and not on others that I was on in the past.

I'm still trying to figure out the metaphors in my own poem.Big Grin

But Chika, you did post in the correct forum, what metaphors do you see? If you want a discussion of the poem, start it.Smile
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We're not a homework site for people till they show they actually want to give as well as take from the site.
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#6
If my students did this I'd fail them for cheating. Unless you have a bad teacher who hasn't taught you about metaphor? Because going to sleep or playing on your iPhone in class doesn't count for sympathy points.
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(03-24-2014, 02:04 AM)billy Wrote:  We're not a homework site for people till they show they actually want to give as well as take from the site.

I sometimes humour them just because I believe the members of our site often benefit from the exercises more than the posters. Let's face it - they are going to fail anyway but some around here actually /like/ poetry.
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#8
To be fair, if I'd been given this as the poem to analyse and had to sound enthusiastic about it, I'd struggle as well. I don't know why you Americans seem to revere this guy.
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(03-24-2014, 05:15 AM)Leanne Wrote:  To be fair, if I'd been given this as the poem to analyse and had to sound enthusiastic about it, I'd struggle as well. I don't know why you Americans seem to revere this guy.

Because his name makes us think of a big sandwich?
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(03-24-2014, 05:53 AM)milo Wrote:  
(03-24-2014, 05:15 AM)Leanne Wrote:  To be fair, if I'd been given this as the poem to analyse and had to sound enthusiastic about it, I'd struggle as well. I don't know why you Americans seem to revere this guy.

Because his name makes us think of a big sandwich?

lol. I love S2 of Grammar, and the one JG posted today was pretty hard hitting. I thought it was only me that now reads everything wanting to suggest cuts.
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(03-24-2014, 06:01 AM)ellajam Wrote:  
(03-24-2014, 05:53 AM)milo Wrote:  
(03-24-2014, 05:15 AM)Leanne Wrote:  To be fair, if I'd been given this as the poem to analyse and had to sound enthusiastic about it, I'd struggle as well. I don't know why you Americans seem to revere this guy.

Because his name makes us think of a big sandwich?

lol. I love S2 of Grammar, and the one JG posted today was pretty hard hitting. I thought it was only me that now reads everything wanting to suggest cuts.

So . . . .his name doesn't make you think of a big sandwich?
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(03-24-2014, 06:03 AM)milo Wrote:  
(03-24-2014, 06:01 AM)ellajam Wrote:  
(03-24-2014, 05:53 AM)milo Wrote:  Because his name makes us think of a big sandwich?

lol. I love S2 of Grammar, and the one JG posted today was pretty hard hitting. I thought it was only me that now reads everything wanting to suggest cuts.

So . . . .his name doesn't make you think of a big sandwich?

Yes, it does. That's why I was laughing. It may be a metaphor...or something...
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