Comparing Poems to Short Story's

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Have you ever sat down and asked yourself the question how do poets manage to capture such raw emotion out of circumstances produced by life? For instance how Langston Hughes wrote “Life Is Fine”, or what state of mind Shel Silverstein was in when she put together “Where the Sidewalk ends” It would be lovely if we could go back into time and be in the room while an amazing poet puts words down on the paper. Since time traveled has not yet been mastered, we have to rely on the illustration left by the author. We pay attention to things like theme, tone imagery to better understand what they have produced but even with all of these things the picture can be so vague and abstract. When comparing the two literary works “Poetry” by Neruda and “You, reader” by Collins, one thing jumps out at me. Transparency, vulnerability and overall openness are the best ways to connect with your audience and truly leave a lasting impression long after they’ve finished the poem. A transparent object, especially a photographic slide that is viewed by light shining through it from behind or by projection. The author is the photographic slide and the inner truth is the light shining through them while honestly illustrating these literary works. We can relate poetry to life in so many ways. When the light is shone down upon it, will it pierce through and clearly shine onto the other side or will it only be viewed on one side to the vagueness and lack of transparency? The reason I chose to write on “Poetry” and “You, reader” is because I felt the same exact feeling after reading both of these works. I immediately felt like I had peeked into the soul of the author, like I was given permission to analyze their personal true nature. I am not sure I have ever read anything that has made me feel that way, but it was a feeling that I wanted to explore. The theme of these two literary works

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