Essay on Money and the Sunday News

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Zaviah Wray Merrell English 105-C2 30 July 2013 The New Formalist Dana Gioia is one of “the most controversial, unwelcomed conservative critics of his generations” (Darling 2). Gioia is “the visible spokesperson for a movement in poetry called New Formalism, which stresses the appropriateness of traditional form for contemporary poetry as well as urging a return to storytelling in verse”(Darling 2). Gioia tells stories in his poems by reliving circumstances that have happened throughout his life. Gioia is known for using free verse in his poems to catch the reader’s attention. Gioia uses figures of speech, imagery, and rhyme to communicate and relate to the reader. The rhymes in some of his poems are not the standard A-B-A-B. Each poem has its own unique rhyme scheme to get the meaning across that he is pursuing. “Money” and “The Sunday News” are known for being sarcastic, full of imagery, having unique rhyme schemes, personification and irony. In the poem “Money,” Gioia starts off by using several comparisons and imagery in the first stanza, “Money, the long green, / cash, stash, rhino, / jack, or just plain dough” (1-3). The “long green” (1) is compared to the long green lawns or a literal image of bills being long and green. “Stash” (2) is buried money hidden from others “or just plain dough” (3), so money is being compared to bread which is something that is needed to survive and that is what the poet is portraying here. The poet is showing that money is needed to survive. The metaphors that Gioia uses here bring about a sense of security and value to the meaning of money. Gioia uses this irony so that everyone can relate to what is familiar such as: “greenbacks” (8) another name people use for money, “megabucks” (9) (the lottery), “Ginnie Maes” (9) which refers to the mortgage company. Gioia starts to be sarcastic with these metaphors; he is taunting
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