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The Vacuum- Howard Nemerov the House Is Quiet Now [the Vacuum Cleaner Is Not Being Used Anymore, so the House It Quiet] the Vacuum Cleaner Sulks in the Corner Closet [Sulks: to Be in a Mood. but in Here It Means That Essay

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  • on August 11, 2015
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 460 words

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The Vacuum- Howard Nemerov

The house is quiet now
[The vacuum cleaner is not being used anymore, so the house it quiet]
The vacuum cleaner sulks in the corner closet
[Sulks: to be in a mood. But in here it means that the vacuum is again not being used]
Its bag limp, as a stopped lung, its mouth
[Bag: the material bag that collects the dust.  
Limp: lacking rigidity. ‘The bag as a lung’ is a simile]
Grinning into the floor, maybe at my
[The bottom of the vacuum there is an opening that looks like a mouth.
‘Mouth grinning’ is a metaphor]
Slovenly life, my dog-dead youth
[Slovenly: Stinky and messy. His youth is as dead as a dog. In other words he is old]

I’ve lived this was long enough [again old]
But when my old woman died, her soul
[Refers to his wife]
Went into that vacuum cleaner, and I can’t bear
[He believes the vacuum cleaner possesses his wife’s soul]
To see the bag, swell like a belly, eating the dust
[Swell: expand, get filled. He doesn’t wan to see the vacuum working.]
And the woolen mice, and begin to howl
[Woolen mice: Large dust balls.   When the vacuum works it makes this loud noise like howling]

Because there is old filth everywhere
[The place is consumed with dirt]
She used to crawl in the corner and under the stairs
[Crawl: walking on hands, knees and toes
In other words, she cleaned everything!]
I know now how life is cheap as dirt
[Is a simile for: life has no meaning now he lost his wife]
And still the hungry, angry heart
[Hungry cause he miss and long for her, and he’s angry at the loss. When you loose something often you are angry]
Hangs on and howls, biting at air
[His heart howling and biting, is a metaphor. When he says bites the air he’s thinking of the vacuum since it does that too]

Tone: Anger

Subject:   The vacuum cleaner

Theme   His wife as a vacuum cleaner

Poet:   Howard Nemrov

Speaker: The husband of the dead wife

A little Description of the poem:   this man was married to a...

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The Vacuum- Howard Nemerov the House Is Quiet Now [the Vacuum Cleaner Is Not Being Used Anymore, so the House It Quiet] the Vacuum Cleaner Sulks in the Corner Closet [Sulks: to Be in a Mood. but in Here It Means That. Anti Essays. Retrieved February 23, 2019, from the World Wide Web: https://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/The-Vacuum-Howard-Nemerov-The-House-760300.html